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ASIAN 211 A: Languages And Cultures Of China

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Meeting Time: 
MWF 2:00pm - 3:20pm
CDH 128
Zev Handel

Syllabus Description:

In this course we will explore the languages and cultures of the many peoples of China, gaining an understanding of the rich demographic tapestry of which they form a part, and investigating some of the complex issues of national, ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural identity that have arisen from the interactions of these peoples throughout China’s long history. Topics include, but are not limited to: languages and language families spoken in China; historical demographics; writing systems; the integration of ethnic minorities into the modern Chinese nation-state; endangered languages; and the relationship between language and ethnic identity.

This course does not require any prior knowledge of China or Chinese languages; there are no prerequisites.


A paper syllabus will be handed out on the first day of class. Scroll down below the image to see the calendar list of assignments.

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Catalog Description: 
Provides a general survey of the languages and language-families in China, emphasizing the rich linguistic diversity found there today. Languages compared with English, from linguistic and cultural perspectives, to demonstrate not only characteristics but also mutual dependence throughout their development.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
November 8, 2019 - 11:51am