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Chinese Studies

Students in Huron's Chinese Program experience all aspects of the language: listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern standard Chinese. A primary goal is to provide a solid foundation in pronunciation and grammar, as well as basic composition and conversation. Senior courses facilitate students attaining competence in reading authentic modern writings, with the aid of a dictionary.  For students who have attained fluency, elective courses are offered to explore specific aspects of the Chinese language and culture in film, business, literature, and communication. 

Students can also take courses on Chinese culture taught in English. They will learn about both traditional and emerging manifestations through the study of history, philosophy, politics, and gender. Students within Huron’s Chinese Program acquire sensitivity to different cultural perspectives to motivate action for economic and social good.

Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies Brochure

Chinese Placement Form 

Alumni Stories

Chinese Studies have prepared our alumni for extraordinary success within a variety of careers. Employers look for people with the ability to analyze information, find creative solutions to problems and  effectively communicate their ideas: Graduates of this program of all of these skills - what's more, they're paired with a thorough understanding regarding the historical, cultural, linguistic and social influences that spur and halt change within and between cultures. 

Read stories about alumni from this exciting program, and learn how to distinguish yourself - personally and professionally - as a globally-focused Leader with Heart.

  • I spent my time at Beijing Culture & Language University, where I studied the Mandarin Chinese dialect. While it was definitely work-intensive, it was also instrumental in helping me improve my abilities in Chinese. I had two great teachers that would teach me two hours each from Monday through Friday, and I would also frequently go to the Chinese Corner to practice speaking Chinese with others. ...
    Dominic LaPere
    4th Year Student
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Program Options

Huron has developed strengths in Chinese language and literatures.  These disciplines aim to help students see the world from another perspective, so they may actively participate in the globalization of the business world, government and community-focused sectors. Students who actively participate in this enriching learning experience will develop a greater awareness of other cultures that is demanded by our increasingly connected global village.   Students can minor in Chinese languages and China (cultural) Studies.  

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor

The Chinese language program offers a balanced four-level program of listening, speaking, reading and writing standard Chinese. A primary goal is to provide a solid foundation in pronunciation, grammar, and proficiency in the four language skills in the first three levels. Courses at the fourth level serve to facilitate students attaining competence in reading authentic modern writings, with the aid of a dictionary.

For students who have attained fluency, elective courses are offered to explore specific aspects of Chinese language and culture, in film, business, literature, and communication.

The Chinese language program offers a balanced four-level program of listening, speaking, reading and writing standard Chinese. A primary goal is to provide a solid foundation in pronunciation, grammar, and proficiency in the four language skills in the first three levels. Courses at the fourth level serve to facilitate students attaining competence in reading authentic modern writings, with the aid of a dictionary.

For students who have attained fluency, elective courses are offered to explore specific aspects of Chinese language and culture, in film, business, literature, and communication.

Minor in Chinese Studies
Minor in Chinese Business Communications 
Minor in China Studies 

The East Asia Studies Major helps students combine language courses at successive levels of study with courses in culture and literature and in social science approaches to understanding the area.

Major in East Asia Studies
Minor in East Asia Studies

Huron University College offers a variety of Japanese courses that provide opportunities for students to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge of Japan that will prepare them for a range of careers in the international arena. In the twenty-first century, the expanding global demands and dimensions of most fields will require people trained in languages and intercultural communication.

As the second-largest economy in the world, Japan will continue to play a crucial role in international affairs. Japanese studies at Huron equips students with the linguistic and cultural knowledge of Japan that they will need in such careers as international business, law, academics and others.

Huron University College offers a variety of Japanese courses that provide opportunities for students to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge of Japan that will prepare them for a range of careers in the international arena. In the twenty-first century, the expanding global demands and dimensions of most fields will require people trained in languages and intercultural communication.

As the second-largest economy in the world, Japan will continue to play a crucial role in international affairs. Japanese studies at Huron equips students with the linguistic and cultural knowledge of Japan that they will need in such careers as international business, law, academics and others.

Minor in Japan Studies

Professors

Learn from professors who have a deep knowledge of China and East Asia more broadly. This faculty comes together, from across the world, to lead students to a more fulsome understanding of these rich cultures, the societal foundations they are built upon, and the people who define them. This department is dedicated to incorporating critical thought, intensive research elements, interactive activities and community engagement projects to ensure students engage with well-rounded learning environments.

Take time to get to know the names and faces who will be supporting you every step of the way as you embark on an enriching exploration of China.

  • Learn about the cultural, social and linguistic traits of one of the most influential powers in the world. Chinese Studies will help you to better understand what events and which people have most significantly shaped China’s extraordinary past, present - and, before long, future
    Lucy He, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chinese Studies
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  • "I teach Chinese literature and language with passion and academic rigor. I integrate comparative, cross-cultural perspectives into my teaching and provide stimulating intellectual space for a diverse body of students."
    Yan Lu, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chinese
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  • My teaching aims to help students to increase their capacity and commitment to well-informed international and intercultural understanding.
    Clare Gordon, PhD
    Assistant Professor & Co-ordinator, Chinese Program
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Chinese Studies Faculty Department

Tenure-stream

  • Dr. Mariana Ionescu, Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies, 519.438.7224 ext. 259, Rm A210
  • Dr. Yan Lu, Assistant Professor, 519.438.7224 ext. 332, Rm A7

Program sessional and per course instructors 

Professors Emeritis

Chinese Studies Courses

Explore China's role in the world! At Huron, you'll find a highly flexible program featuring small, intimate classes, personalized coaching and opportunities for imaginative, independent research and hands-on learning. Broaden your global perspectives, because to lead, you need a heart that understands the world. After your first year you can explore issues such as: Chinese cinema, women in Chinese society and business translation.

2019 - 2020 Courses

Stream A: Language Courses                                             

Instructor 

Course Outline 

CHN 1150     Beginners’ Chinese 1

Lu

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CHN 2250     Beginners’ Chinese 2

He 

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CHN 3350     Chinese 3

He

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The above courses require placement. 

Please request placement/ special permission using the following form: https://huronatwestern.ca/chinese-placement-request-form

 

 

CHN 3340A     Business Chinese 1

Gordon 

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CHN 3341B     Business Chinese 2

Gordon 

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CHN 4440A     Business Translation 1

Gordon 

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Stream B: Courses on Chinese Culture & Literature taught in Chinese

 

 

CHN 2240F     Understanding Chinese Business Culture 1

Gordon 

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CHN 2241G     Understanding Chinese Business Culture 2

Gordon 

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CHN 2242F     Representative Works in Traditional Chinese Literature

Liu

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CHN 2244G     Representative Works in Modern Chinese Literature

Liu

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CHN 2245F     Cinema in the Chinese Mainland

He

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CHN 2246G     Chinese Cinema in Taiwan and Hong Kong

He

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CHN 2247G     Chinese Cities and Chinese Culture

Liu

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CHN 2271G     NEW Special Topics: Environment and Ecocriticism in Chinese Literature and Film

 

View Course Outline 

 

 

 

Stream C: Courses on Chinese Culture and Literature taught in English

 

 

CHN 1651F     Chinese Symbols and Icons

Liu

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CHN 1650G     Perspectives on China

Gordon

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CHN 2601A     The Political and Socio-Economic Foundations of Modern China

Liu

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CHN 2602B     The Cultural Foundations of Modern China

Liu

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CHN 3650F     The Chinese Short Story

Lu

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CHN 3651G     The Chinese Novel

Lu

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2018 - 2019 Courses
2017 - 2018 Courses

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

CHN 1150 Beginners' Chinese I

He

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CHN 1151 Chinese I

Gordon

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CHN 1650F Perspectives on China 

Gordon

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CHN 1651F Chinese Symbols and Icons

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2242F Representative Works
in Traditional Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2243F The Chinese Diaspora and
Its Literary Representation

Wu

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CHN 2244G Representative Works
in Modern Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2245F Chinese Cinema in
the Chinese Mainland

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2246G Chinese Cinema in
Taiwan and Hong Kong

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2247F Chinese Cities and Chinese Culture

Liu 

View Course Outline 

CHN 2250 Beginners' Chinese II

Sun

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CHN 3340A Business Chinese I

Gordon

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CHN 3341B Business Chinese II

Gordon

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CHN 3350 Chinese III

He

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CHN 3652F Chinese Discourse on Women and Gender Relations

Wu

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CHN 3653G Women in Chinese Society: Images in Literature

Wu

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CHN 4440A Business Translation I

Gordon

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CHN 4441B Business Translation II 

Gordon

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CHN 4452A Chinese IV

He

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CHN 4453B Chinese IV

He

View Course Outline

International Exchange Opportunities

China
Beijing Language & Culture University (BLCU) • Exchange Information Sheet
Program of Study: Business/Economics and Language Program, Minor in Asian Studies
Language Requirements: English

China
City University of Hong Kong • Exchange Information Sheet
Program of Study: Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Communications, Economics, Psychology
Language Requirement: English

Chinese Studies Careers

Chinese Studies will prepare you for a variety of careers; employers today are looking for people with the ability to analyze information, to find creative solutions to problems and to effectively communicate their ideas. These skills are acquired when studying language and literature.

Where will a degree in Chinese language take you?
  • Teaching (Foreign Language in Canada)
  • Teaching (English in China)
  • Graduate studies in Chinese
  • Interpreters/translators
  • Canadian and International Business (in China)
  • NGOs
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Diplomatic services
  • Intelligence analyst 
  • Foreign services
  • Marketing
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Extra Curricular Activities

Groups
Chinese Students’ Society at Huron

Chinese Conversation Hour

  • Weekly informal conversation practice - Faculty hosted 
  • Thursdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    (Sept. 12 - Dec. 5 2019, Jan. 9 - March 26, 2020)
    Apps International House meeting room
  • Huron Language Exchange Club

China Day
Wednesday March 4, 2020
1pm - 5pm
Kingsmill Room 


Annual public celebrations of the rich variety of Chinese culture, as well as of student achievements and performances; the China Day event in 2020 will take the form of an undergraduate student conference.  Please send abstracts to chinese@uwo.ca by January 20, 2020. 

In the abstract, please clearly state the subject, the methodology and the thesis (the main argument) of your paper. The maximum length for an English abstract is 300 words and for a Chinese abstract, 350 characters. Along with the abstract, please also provide your contact information, including last name, first name, academic affiliation (e.g., Department, Faculty, University/College), and UWO email address. The organizing committee of the conference will carefully review and evaluate the abstracts. All submitters will receive a decision via email.

Poster

Huron's Chinese Students' Society 

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Find a Mentor

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Key Contacts

Clare Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor & Co-ordinator, Chinese Program
519.438.7224 ext. 228
cgordonuwo.ca
A11

Mariana Ionescu, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies
519.438.7224 ext. 259
mionesc2uwo.ca
A210

Sahana Mazumder, MES

Program Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Social Science
519.438.7224 ext. 277
smazumd2uwo.ca
A116

 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday