Writing about Culture ~ Duke Kunshan University
Fri. Apr. 26: Book launch! (2-3pm, AB lobby)
Paper #5 (final paper) deadline extended to Sat. Apr. 27 at 6pm (please leave them in my blue box!)
Class Notes and Homework
Lin Yutang says Chinese culture is individualist. Hu, Grove, and Zhuang say Chinese culture is collectivist. How do you make sense of this contradiction?
Step-by-step instructions on formatting your citations and references for My Country and My People: 2019 Edition.
Some guidelines to follow when copyediting your groupmates’ chapters for My Country and My People, 2019 Edition.
Step-by-step instructions for how to complete the copyediting process for My Country and My People, 2019 Edition.
Checklist of what I’ll be looking for when evaluating your midterm papers.
These are the prefaces that won the most support across all three sections.
Useful templates for the different “moves” discussion in They Say, I Say, provided courtesy of Don Snow from the Duke Kunshan Language and Culture Center.
Instructions for how to complete your EAP102 midterm project.
What topics do you want to write about for your contribution to My Country and My People: 2019 Edition?
What’s your job this week?
Frequently asked questions about Paper #2.
Looking back at My Country and My People eighty years after it was written, what did Lin Yutang get right? What does he get wrong?
Due: M-Tu Jan. 28-29, in class
Some generalizations about Chinese culture from the travel guide Lonely Planet.
Advice for foreign travelers to China.
How shall we define “culture,” for the purposes of our 2019 edition of My Country and My People?
Tips and resources on how write a good outline.
Everything you need to know about how to format your written assignments.
Feedback on Written Assignments
Writing and Language Studio
Coaches from DKU’s Writing and Language Studio (WLS) can give you individualized instruction on writing, spoken English, and any other language-related issues. Click here to book an appointment!
The Writing and Language Studio aims to contribute to the Duke Kunshan University mission by promoting and advancing a culture wherein the learning and use of multiple languages and the development of (intercultural) communication skills are highly valued activities engaged in by students, faculty, and staff members at the University.
Austin’s Rules of Thumb
In this article from The Academy of Management Executive, the authors challenge the commonly used idea of “cultural dimensions” and propose “cultural sensemaking” as an alternative way to understand other cultures.
A sweeping study of cultural differences between the world’s societies that attempts to explain these differences in terms of different “cultural dimensions.”
Writer Sarah Seltzer reconsiders a controversial classic, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. From Flavorwire, an online magazine of cultural commentary.
A series of infographics by Chinese designer Liu Yang illustrating cultural differences, based on her experience living in Germany.
Pretending to be a student, anthropologist Rebekah Nathan goes “undercover” to research the culture of American undergraduates.
An illustrated catalog of everyday Chinese objects, with brief essays on their cultural significance.
A lighthearted introduction to American customs and habits, written for learners of English and newcomers to the United States.
This satirical collection pokes fun at the typical tastes and habits of younger white, middle-class, educated Americans.
A novel in the form of a dictionary, this book paints a portrait of the village of Maqiao through short “entries” documenting local phrases and customs.
Novelist Yu Hua (author of “To Live”) attempts to capture the cultural complexities of modern Chinese society in ten essays on important cultural “keywords.”
Sinologist Boye Lafayette De Mente attempts to capture the features of the Chinese psyche in short essays on culturally specific and difficult-to-translate words.
A pocket guide to Chinese culture and customs, intended for foreigners visiting or residing in China.
An in-depth analysis of Chinese habits, customs, values, and communication styles, written by scholars of intercultural communication.
A guide to American culture and habits of daily life, written for visitors to the United States.
Written in 1935, My Country and My People is Lin Yutang's magisterial introduction to Chinese society and culture, and remains a classic today. Lin subsequently translated the book into Chinese as 《吾国与吾民》.
They Say, I Say is one of the most widely used "how-to" books about writing used in American college classrooms. It is a required textbook for EAP101 at Duke Kunshan University.