Alice Fengyuan Yu is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Studies. She is originally from Beijing, China. She received her B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen Univerisity, China; and her M.A. degree in Translation and Interpretation from City University of Hong Kong. Her major field of interests are modern Chinese literature, focusing on modern Chinese intellectuals, memories and nostalgia in contemporary literature and culture, and Chinese contemporary cinema. Her research interests also include social & cultural critical theories, Chinese modern history and Chinese sociolinguistics.
Introduces you to traditional Chinese civilization for the purposes of this course defined as: "the totality of a culture's perception of itself and the world it occupies and the ways in which that self-perception is expressed in society, politics, religion, philosophy, and the arts." The content of the course is arranged in thematic units, each unit being placed in the context of a specific historical period. We will examine the religious symbolism of ancient Chinese bronze vessels, Chinese theories of nature based on concepts like Yin and Yang, the great medieval religions of Taoism and Buddhism, and other topics. Over the semester you will learn to think more like the Chinese of centuries past to exercise your imagination, and to explore a world that is different from your own.