1st Edition

China through the Camera Lens 镜头中的中国 A Multimedia Reader for Advanced Chinese 多媒体高年级中文读本

    462 Pages 84 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 84 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    China through the Camera Lens combines Chinese language learning with film analysis, offering a unique and comprehensive learning experience beyond traditional methods.

    The book consists of twelve chapters, each based on a carefully selected short film or video. Each chapter is divided into a presentation section and a practice section. The presentation includes short narratives illustrated with color screen shots, with vocabulary glossed alongside for easy reference. It also introduces relevant film terms to help students focus on filmmaking techniques as well as the content of the films. The practice sections cover word collocations, near synonyms, word meanings, idiomatic phrases, paragraph structure, topics for class discussion, composition practice, and extended reading. By integrating short films, cultural insights, and film analysis, learners not only enhance their language skills but also gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between film and content.

    This book is an innovative and engaging advanced Chinese language textbook that immerses advanced Chinese learners in language and culture through short films and videos.

    Chinese Preface

    English Preface



    专题一 (Unit 1) 家庭亲情 Love and affection within the family.

    TOPIC 1 《女儿》: 两代人之间的观念冲突及亲情回归

    Daughter. How love and affection restored the harmony between two generations of a family.


    TOPIC 2 《啥是佩奇》: 城市与乡村 祖孙之纽带

    What’s Peppa Pig? Rural versus urban, ties between grandparents and grandchildren.


    专题二 (Unit 2) 成长故事 Coming of Age Stories.

    TOPIC 3 《包宝宝》: 中式亲子关系

    Baby Bao. Chinese parent-child relationships.


    TOPIC 4《请投我一票》: 民主想象与实践

    Please vote for me: Democracy: imagined and performed.


    专题三 (Unit 3) 性别政治Gender Politics.

    TOPIC 5: 《柴米油盐之上——琳宝的故事》

    A long cherished dream: The story of Lin Bao


    TOPIC 6: 《我支持生三胎》: 由一胎到三胎的政策演变

    I support the three-child policy. The transformation of family planning policy.


    专题四 (Unit 4) 百姓生活 The lives of ordinary people.

    TOPIC 7 《武汉,好久不见》: 十个人物,十个故事,一座城

    Long time no see, Wuhan. Ten people, ten stories, one city.


    TOPIC 8《中国梵高》: 跨越时空的对话  

    China’s van Gogh.  A conversation across time and space


    专题五 (Unit 5) 人与自 Man and nature

    TOPIC 9 《大自然在说话》: 倾听大自然的声音

    Nature Is Speaking.  Listen carefully to her voice.


    TOPIC 10 《塑料王国》: 流动的垃圾-影像的记录

    Kingdom of Plastic. Mobile trash – a video record.


    专题六 (Unit 6) 多元文化与焦点差异 Diverse perspectives on multiculturalism 

    TOPIC 11 《我从非洲来》: 讲述非洲人在中国的故事

    Africans in Yiwu. Stories about Africans in China


    TOPIC 12 《美国工厂》: 文化碰撞与希望并存

    American Factory. Cultural clashes and glimmers of hope.  


    Answer Key

    Vocabulary Lists


    Shuqin Cui is Bowdoin Professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College.

    Ying Gao is Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Virginia.

    Hsin-hsin Liang is a Professor of Chinese, General Faculty, at the University of Virginia in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

    Julian K. Wheatley (Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley) has spent a good deal of his professional life directing language programs, first at Cornell University and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since retiring from MIT, he has been based in New Orleans and has held visiting positions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Zhuhai/Shenzhen.