Eat Drink Men and Women in China
As China becomes more significant on the world stage, it is worth trying to understand Chinese culture through the study of everyday life. This course will draw on anthropology, ethnology, psychology, philosophy, and ethnomusicology to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural and ethnic identity at national, group, and individual levels from both Chinese and non-Chinese perspectives. More specifically, we will use folkloristic approaches to examine everyday Chinese ritual practices (e.g., marriage, death and festivals), food, dress, housing, travel, and various entertaining games. We will read texts that range from the classics, such as The Analects by Confucius, Dao De Jing by Lao Zi, to contemporary media accounts, and view images from ancient artifacts to popular films such as Yellow Earth, Not One Less, and Eat Drink Man Woman.
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