Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text

Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text

By: Aili Mu (translator), Mike Smith (with)Paperback

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This book presents Chinese short-short stories in English and Chinese, integrating language learning with cultural studies for intermediate to advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese and students of contemporary Chinese literature. Each chapter begins with a critical introduction, followed by two or more stories in parallel Chinese and English texts; each story is followed by a vocabulary list, discussion questions, and a biography of the author. The chapters are organized around central concepts in Chinese culture such as li (ritual), ren (benevolence), mianzi (face/prestige), being filial, and the dynamics of yin and yang, as well as the themes of governance, identity, love, marriage, and change. The stories selected are short-shorts by important contemporary writers ranging from the most literary to everyday voices. Specifically designed for use in upper-level Chinese language courses, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text offers students a window onto China today and pathways to its traditions and past as they gain language competence and critical cultural skills.

About Author

Aili Mu is associate professor of Chinese in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. She is a cotranslator of Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts (Columbia, 2006). Mike Smith is associate professor of English at Delta State University.


Preface Introduction 1. Li and Ren Skull Shave, by Zhao Xin "Star" Grandma, by Liu Zhenyun Catharsis, by Nie Xinsen 2. Xiao Father Makes the Lantern, by Chi Zijian Little She, by Han Shaogong Money Order, by Bai Xuchu Heaven-Bound, but After Summer, by Mo Zhongbai 3. Yin-Yang Two Minds, by Wang Qionghua Cuilan's Love, by Li Lingling Forever by Your Side, by Wu Zhongzheng 4. Governance The Stone-Paving Project, by Zhou Bo The Clear Pond, by Cai Nan Big Sweet Potatoes, by Zeng Ping 5. Identity Auntie, by Yu Shengli Brothers, by Zhou Tao The Love of Her Life, by Shi Tiesheng Water in the Well, by Gao Huaichang 6. Face A Golden Rain, by Wu Nianzhen Face, by Wei Yonggui At the Teahouse, by Chen Yong Chickens Hate Pecked Faces, by Liu Xinwu 7. (Romantic) Love Little Heartaches, by Zhao Yu Fake Love Letter, by Zou Jingzhi A Gentleman's Love, by Wang Kuishan Give Him Peace, by An Shiliu 8. Marriage Mary Zhang, by Xing Hua The Cost of Marriage, by Zhao Yu Missing Zhang Meili, by Ye Zhongjian The Mint's Invitation, by Tian Shuangling 9. Changes Future, by Wang Meng Unknowable Possibilities, by Ge Fei Pinyin Vocabulary Index English Vocabulary Index Bibliography How to Use This Parallel Text to Teach Chinese Language and Culture

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780231181532
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9780231181532
  • ISBN10: 0231181531
  • translations: Chinese
  • language of text: English

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