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Speaking Out: Issues and Controversies 各抒己见 An Advanced Chinese Reader 汉语高级读本

    148 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Speaking Out: Issues and Controversies 各抒己见 is an advanced Chinese language textbook that explores topics such as human nature, moral values, mass consumption, Western influences, and technological innovation. In presenting subjects that reflect major concerns in contemporary China, the book invites students to reflect upon the forces shaping modern Chinese society.

    This textbook presents ten lessons in five units entitled "Constancy and Change," "Joy and Sorrow," "Right and Wrong," "Chinese Tradition and Western Influence," and "New and Old." These pairs of opposites conjure up an ever-changing world of ebb and flow, a world that stimulates learners’ imaginations and arouses their enthusiasm for open dialogue and lively discussion.

    Concise in language and with lessons in both simplified and traditional characters, the textbook is a valuable aid for university students interested in passing the HSK Level VI or attaining ACTFL advanced-level proficiency. Accompanying audio recordings can be found online at www.routledge.com/9780367902704.

    List of figures

    Lesson summaries





    第1课 《三字经》 选读

    第2课 质疑 “制度崇拜”



    第3课 大过年的烦心事

    第4课 大学生竞聘搓澡工、淘粪工、环卫工, 是喜还是忧?



    第5课 爱心恐惧症

    第6课 地动山摇中的选择



    第7课 洋节在中国

    第8课 星巴克引发的争议



    第9课 光棍节与网购

    第10课 微信与中国新经济

    Index of key expressions and sentence patterns 重点词语和句式索引

    Vocabulary index 词语表


    Hsiao-wei Rupprecht is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has taught Chinese language and literature in North America, Germany, China and Taiwan for thirty years. Her publications include Language through Literature: An Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories (2010) and Departure and Return: Chang Hen-shui and the Chinese Narrative Tradition (1988).

    Jianhua Shen holds an M.A. in Chinese and has taught Chinese in the United States since 2001. She is currently  Senior Lector in Chinese at Yale University.

    Gang Pan is Lecturer at York University in Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, with a collaborative specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies, from the University of Toronto. His research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, narratology and semiotics. He teaches Chinese language, modern and pre-modern Chinese literature, modern Chinese drama, Chinese cinema and Chinese martial arts culture.

    Yanfei Li is Lecturer at the University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Tsinghua University. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cultural studies of heritage and urban history. She teaches all levels of Chinese language, all genres of Chinese literature, contemporary Chinese film culture and urban cultural studies.

    Yu Wen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Chinese literature and culture, traditional Chinese poetics and aesthetics, and medieval Chinese poetry and prose. She currently teaches second-year Chinese.