Dining Culture in Taiwan (CHI2131.01)

Ginger Lin

“Have you eaten yet?” This common Chinese greeting is just one of many common phrases that shows the centrality of food to Taiwanese and Chinese culture. In this course, we will focus on the theme of Taiwanese and Chinese food and dining culture as an “entrée” to the study of Chinese language and culture. As Chinese grammar is very simple with no verb conjugation, no plural, no gender, no articles or subject, and object forms, it is very easy to speak Chinese. Students will be able to begin speaking Chinese from the very first class and be able to engage in a lot of daily conversation after one term.
Also, by studying the form of the most basic Chinese characters students will simultaneously gain insights into traditional Chinese cultural values while learning to read and write Mandarin. “Let’s do Chinese!” Chinese food? Yes, but also language and culture.

A course pack of various Mandarin Chinese language materials pertaining to pop culture in Taiwan and China will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:
By end of term, students will be able to:
engage in basic conversation about food, hobbies, family, school life, time, etc.
write short essays in Chinese on topics of food, hobbies, family, school life, time, etc
read and write about 300-500 Chinese characters.

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 5
M/W/Th 7:10PM-8:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 22
Course Frequency: Once a year

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