M-Tu Jan. 28-29
➤ Be ready to vote for a preface
Read the 11 “finalists” for the preface I handed out in class. You can also view them in the “Finalists” folder in our Baidu Cloud folder:
▶ View all essays (提取码：hpj8）
Please consider specifically the vision for the book that the preface outlines. (Usually the author describes this in the last couple paragraphs.) Do you think this is the book we should write? Come to class ready to vote for the option you think is best.
➤ Speaker tasks
(2-3 minutes each)
If you are a speaker, please try to convince us to vote for the vision of the book you think is best! You have a platform — use it well!
➤ Midterm project: step 1
Read Step 1 and Step 2 of the instructions for the midterm project.
Form groups of three. Working together with your groupmates, fill out the topic preference sheet. For examples of broad topic areas, see the Tables of Contents of the “culture guides” below.
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》.