“First World Problems” in Chinese Microcinema (CHI4520.01)

Ginger Lin

“First world problems” has become a prolific meme-generating phrase. However, it can have a deeper meaning. How is Chinese society dealing with its own “First world problems” while simultaneously dealing with those of its unique history? These are some of the questions we will explore through the lenses of Chinese Microcinema makers. Students will naturally advance their Mandarin linguistic competencies as they view, analyze and discuss Microcinema from China and Taiwan.

A course pack of various Chinese microcinemas will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:
By end of the term, students will be able to...

...understand, discuss and critique various authentic Chinese micro cinema works and effectively communicate their thoughts on these in Chinese, both orally and in writing

...raise valid and rational questions regarding microcinema as a reflection of contemporary Chinese society and analyze and discuss these questions in Chinese

...conduct independent research on Chinese microcinema.

...form ideas and opinions based on their research on the intersection of Chinese microcinema, history, and culture and logically state and express their thoughts coherently and cohesively in Chinese at the advanced level.

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Prerequisites: At least five terms of Chinese at the college level. Send an email to the instructor (glin@bennington.edu).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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