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Li Yang


LecturerPh.D., University of Texas at Austin

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Interests


Chinese language at all levels, Chinese Civilization, Chinese Literature in Translation, Contemporary Chinese Cinema, East Asian Cinemas, Chinese Film Industry, Chinese Popular Culture, Transnational Cinema, Cultural Globalization, Gender Studies, Digital Humanities

Courses


ANS 361 • Chi Lang Cinemas Prc/Taiwan-Wb

32679 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
GC

This course employs Chinese Language Cinema as an anchoring concept to explore the relationship between the contemporary cinemas from the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. These two cinemas produced some of the most important film auteurs known to the world in the last four decades, and also spawned impressive commercial hits in recent years. The common linguistic codes spoken on screen reveal shared cultural heritage, while the respective accents belie the divergent historical paths of the two connected political entities. This course first introduces students to major developmental milestones of both cinemas since 1949. It then focuses on mapping the patterns of cinematic exchanges between the two sides, which is informed by, but irreducible to, the evolving geopolitical power balance. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to reflect the relationships between culture and politics, nationalism and transnationalism, as well as cultural hegemony and resistance. All films have English subtitles. No knowledge of Chinese language will be necessary.

Grading

  • Presentation 5%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Film Response Journal 30%
  • Research Paper 40%

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

32180 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM ART 1.110
GC (also listed as HIS 302C)

This course introduces the study of Chinese history, society, and culture through an examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization. Topics include philosophy and religion; population and economy; power and authority; gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity.  This course provides a foundation for continued study of Chinese history and society for students who plan to go on to more specialized, upper-division courses including Chinese anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, economics, law, policy, international business, art history, architecture, environmental science, and philosophy.

ANS 372 • Contemporary Chinese Cinema

31709 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A209A
GC

Ever since film was introduced into China at the end of the nineteenth century, it has become a major medium of mass communication, and has played an important role in China’s quest for modernity. Despite warfare, censorship, competition from Hollywood, and other obstacles   witnessed over the course of one hundred years of development, today the Chinese film industry is one of the most vibrant in the world. This course introduces major developments and genres since 1980 by presenting representative films from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Students will study Chinese films both as a unique form of artistic expression, and as a vehicle for powerful social and political discourse. All films have English subtitles. No knowledge of Chinese language will be necessary. 

Learning Objectives

  • Introducing the general history of Chinese cinema which spans over one hundred years
  • Presenting major developmental milestones in the development of Chinese cinema since 1980
  • Presenting major genres of filmmaking in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
  • Illuminating the relationship between aesthetic conventions and socioeconomic development
  • Highlighting the interconnections of the film cultures between the three Chinese societies
  • Presenting the interaction between Hollywood and Chinese cinema in terms of marketing, production, and stars

CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

31455-31460 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM JES A218A

Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin Chinese.  Chinese 604 and 506 may not both be counted.

CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

31490-31495 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A217A

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

31545 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PMA 7.112

Readings in expository prose: selections from journals, newspapers, and other sources.  Prerequisite: Chinese 612 or 412L with a grade of at least C

CHI 412K • Second-Year Chinese I

31595-31600 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:00AM PMA 6.126

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Chinese 612 and 412K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 507 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 412K • Second-Year Chinese I

30065-30070 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 3:30PM-4:30PM PMA 6.122

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Chinese 612 and 412K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 507 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 412K • Second-Year Chinese I

29565 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:00PM PMA 5.126

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Chinese 612 and 412K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 507 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 412K • Second-Year Chinese I

29320-29325 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:00PM PMA 5.126

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Chinese 612 and 412K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 507 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

27540-27545 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM PMA 6.126

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

27600 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 308

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Drill in conversation on general topics.  Prerequisite: Chinese 412L with a grade of at least C.


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