-Tradtional Chinese Culture Class

Module 1: Journal

 

Prompt:  Some traditions in China can be stretched back in time. They have been passed from generations to generations. Can you use one or two examples to illustrate the cultural continuities?

 

Expectations: Why do you think struck you most in the reading?  Is it confusing, inspiring, controversial or else? What do you think it means?  You can write about this in terms of thoughts and ideas (related to either this or other courses), or to things you read, or events in your life (or all of the above). Simple comments such as “I like / don’t like…” and “I agree with …” don’t count unless followed with substantial elaborations. The post should be about 100 words long excluding the quote(s). See attached rubric.

 

 

Module 2: Journal

 

 

Prompt:  Compare Confucianism and Daoism​. Do you agree or disagree with the following passage? Why or why not?

Confucius found it sour, much like he found the world full of degenerate people, and Buddha found it bitter, much like he found the world to be full of suffering. But Lao Tzu found the world sweet. This is telling, because Lao Tzu’s philosophy tends to look at the apparent discord in the world and see an underlying harmony guided by something called the ‘Dao’.​

 

Expectations:  Why do you think struck you most in the reading?  Is it confusing, inspiring, controversial or else? What do you think it means?  You can write about this in terms of thoughts and ideas (related to either this or other courses), or to things you read, or events in your life (or all of the above). Simple comments such as “I like / don’t like…” and “I agree with …” don’t count unless followed with substantial elaborations. The post should be about 100 words long excluding the quote(s). See attached rubric for expectation

 

 

 

Module 3: Journal

 

Prompt:  Select two of Du Fu’s poems from here: http://www.chinese-poems.com/du.html, one before the Anlushan Rebellion in 755, and the other after that year. Compare and discuss the differences between the two in terms of the subject, content, as well as the mode and emotions expressed in the poems.

Expectations: Why do you think struck you most in the reading?  Is it confusing, inspiring, controversial or else? What do you think it means?  You can write about this in terms of thoughts and ideas (related to either this or other courses), or to things you read, or events in your life (or all of the above). Simple comments such as “I like / don’t like…” and “I agree with …” don’t count unless followed with substantial elaborations. The post should be about 100 words long excluding the quote(s). See attached rubric for expectations See the attached rubric for expectations.

 

Module 4: Journal

 

 

Prompt:  

Please watch the video about the history of Tofu on Youtube and discuss how the traditions in food have been continued in Chinese culture. Can you find other similar examples? Expectations: Why do you think struck you most in the reading?  Is it confusing, inspiring, controversial or else? What do you think it means?  You can write about this in terms of thoughts and ideas (related to either this or other courses), or to things you read, or events in your life (or all of the above). Simple comments such as “I like / don’t like…” and “I agree with …” don’t count unless followed with substantial elaborations. The post should be about 100 words long excluding the quote(s). See attached rubric for expectations See attached rubric for complete expectations.

 

Module 5: Journal

 

Prompt:  

Chinese Opera, an important traditional art, is being lost in the modern society. Please discuss ways of keeping and continuing this tradition now. Is it possible to get it a new life in the modern time?

Expectations: Why do you think struck you most in the reading?  Is it confusing, inspiring, controversial or else? What do you think it means?  You can write about this in terms of thoughts and ideas (related to either this or other courses), or to things you read, or events in your life (or all of the above). Simple comments such as “I like / don’t like…” and “I agree with …” don’t count unless followed with substantial elaborations. The post should be about 100 words long excluding the quote(s). See attached rubric for expectations See attached grading rubric for complete expectations.