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Course Description: From Confucius to C-Pop

From Confucius to C-Pop. This course introduces some of the fundamental aspects of Chinese culture from Confucian beliefs in Chinese antiquity to the vibrant scenes of contemporary popular culture. By looking into Chinese history, thoughts, religions, language, literature, arts, and general ways of life, this course will help students to gain the ability to discuss, identify, and reflect upon the history, cultural traditions, belief and value systems, customs and etiquettes of China and contextualize current sociocultural and political events and experiences in relations to historical and cultural context in China as well as in global context. Required texts and viewing materials: 1. Gunde,R. (2001) Culture and Customs of China (Culture and Customs of Asia). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing 2. Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). (Selected readings from this book are also on Canvas.)

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