ASIA 421
Chinese Societies through the lens of COVID-19 Fall 2024
Division I
Cross-listed GBST 386 / CHIN 421

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The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed the world. How did the Chinese-speaking regions in Asia, including Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore, respond to the pandemic during its earlier years? How did their responses reflect the political and economic systems as well as the cultural values of Asian societies? What were the effects of these responses on the regions and people’s daily lives? In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese-speaking societies through an analysis of the “public” and “private” literature pertaining to the lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through readings and discussions of various materials such as government records, scientific publications, journalistic writings, personal diaries, and online narratives, students will explore a wide range of issues related to the politics, economy, public health, and sociocultural issues of Asian societies. Simultaneously, Chinese language learners will further enhance their language proficiency and intercultural competency by engaging in complex discourse in the target language. All readings and discussions are in Chinese.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 1790
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on CLASS performance, homework, two short papers (4-5 pages), and one longer paper (8-10 pages).
Prerequisites: CHIN 402 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Current or prospective majors in the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Asian Studies, Global Studies and Public Health concentrators
Unit Notes: Mandarin Chinese is the instructional language for this course
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 386 Division II CHIN 421 Division I ASIA 421 Division I
Attributes: PHLH Social Determinants of Health

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