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CHIN 425
Becoming Taiwan: Social, Cultural, and Economic Discourses of Modern Day Taiwan Fall 2020
Division I

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A small island in East Asia and home to 23 million people, Taiwan is the largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations. From 1949, when the Nationalist Party (KMT) retreated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War, to becoming one of the Four Asian Tigers in the latter half of the 20th century, Taiwan has developed into a multifaceted society through an array of social/cultural/economic changes associated with industrialization, globalization and identity formation. In this course, we will examine some of the signal examples of these experiences that define the Taiwan society that it is today through literary works and films, as well as journalistic and academic articles. By way of group discussions and individual projects, students will acquire domain-specific vocabulary and develop abilities to analyze and discuss in Mandarin complex ideas related to the aforementioned issues. Using a semi-tutorial format and collaborating with a graduate program in Chinese pedagogy in Taiwan, this course is designed to provide opportunities for Williams students to engage in direct conversation with a language partner on course assignments and for the MA students in Taiwan to gain practical training in helping non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese develop linguistic proficiency at the levels of Advanced Low to the Advanced Mid based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
The Class: Format: seminar; semi-tutorial format, students will meet as a large group periodically for linguistic development and two to three people groups regularly for discussions
Limit: 10
Expected: 8
Class#: 2121
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes, presentations, posting of discussion questions, two position papers (3 pages) and one final paper (5 pages)
Prerequisites: CHIN 402 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: seniors and Chinese majors; email the instructor
Distributions: Division I

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