Course Code


Course Name

Understanding China through Texts II


Monday 2:30-4:15pm
Wednesday 1:30-2:15am


Monday Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building 211
Wednesday Esther Lee Building 205


Dr. Lam Chi Chiu

Course Description

This course is designed to help Chinese studies majors enhance their Chinese language, textual research competencies, and understanding of China. A selected series of texts (especially Hong Kong Literature) for this course are used to trigger students’ research interests and learn close-reading ability. There will be workshops helping students identify major journals and archives in Chinese language, pick relevant research texts for close reading, explore fiction writing, develop essay writing and present on the topic based on the selected reading. The class will be conducted in Mandarin to accommodate students’ language proficiency.

By the end of the term, students should have:

– improved reading and writing skills in Chinese.
– learned to use major Chinese-language databases, read Chinese-language journals, and synthesize knowledge and opinions from Chinese-language scholarship.
– grasped research skills in China-related topics and improve their ability to articulate their views in Chinese through oral and written presentations.
-basic understanding of the Greater China.


Course Outline

Week 1(Jan 8) Course Overview  



Week 2(Jan 15) Migration: Bai Xianyang, Zhong Lihe



Week 3(Jan 22) Identity Anxiety: Liu Yichang, Cao Juren

身份焦慮 劉以鬯、曹聚仁


Week 4(Jan 29) Writing Workshop 1   



Essay 1 Due this week


Week 5(Feb 5) Martial Arts and Ethics: Jin Yong



Week 6         Lunar New Year, No class


Week 7(Feb 19) City Life and Female Sensibility: Xi Xi



Week 8(Feb 26) Nostalgia: Shu Xiangcheng



Week 9        Reading Week, No class


Week 10(Mar 11) Popular Literature: Ni Kuang, Yi Shu



Week 11(Mar 18)  Writing Workshop 2   



Essay 2 Due this week

Week 12(Mar 25) Experimentation and Imagination: Han Lizhu



Week 13(Apr 8) Final Project Presentation



Week 14(Apr 15) Final Project Presentation II

期末報告 II


Assessment & Assignments

1) Attendance and Participation (15%) 

2) Discussion Facilitation (15%) 

2) Essays (20% each – 40% total)

3) Final Project (30%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of the policies, regulations and procedures.