Monthly Archives: October 2016

Chinese Language Lunchbox Sessions 2016 Wed & Thurs

Chinese Language Lunchbox (汉语盒饭) is a free, lunch-time language programme which has been specially designed to introduce simple and useful Chinese words and phrases along with some cultural understanding for non-Chinese speakers for the University community.

This semester the Lunchbox Sessions will cover five topics one on each of five different dates. You can book a place on just one or indeed all of the sessions as suits your interests and your diary.

Lunchbox sessions will take place at No 50 George Square Thursdays from 1.05pm to 1.35pm from 2 Nov to 1 Dec.

Topic One: Useful Chinese Expressions – Wed 2 Nov and Thurs 3 Nov

10 short useful Chinese phrases/sentences will be introduced. These expressions can be used on their own or mixed and matched to create an allusion of fluency.

Topic Two: How to introduce yourself in Chinese – Wed 9 Nov and Thurs 10 Nov

The standard short sentence pattern will be taught and you will learn how to introduce yourself when meeting new people using a couple of sentences in Chinese.

Topic Three: How to say Chinese Names – Wed 16 Nov and Thurs 17 Nov

This topic will introduce the structure of Chinese names, common Chinese surnames and their pronunciations. Feel free to bring examples of Chinese names you find difficult to pronounce.

Topic Four: Chinese Numbers – Wed 23 Nov and Thurs 24 Nov

It is easy to count from 1 to 10 in Chinese, but learning how to say bigger numbers in Chinese reveals some Chinese ways of thinking. Come and discover one hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, or even a billion in this Chinese number maze session.

Topic Five: Chinese Character Appetiser – Wed 30 Nov and Thurs 1 Dec

Ten simple Chinese characters will be introduced in this topic using animations and pictures. Participants will learn to recognise these simple characters, their meanings and understand how to write them.

Time: 1.05pm till 1.35pm

Venue: Room 2.30, 50 George Square

How to book?

Bookings can be made via MyEd. Search “Chinese Language Lunchbox” provided by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the Event Booking section.
Pack your lunch and join us for the Chinese Language Lunchbox!

Deciphering Chinese Characters -short course

Want to spend more time on Chinese characters learning? Or perhaps you are finding Chinese characters more challenging?

We are offering a five week course from November which will develop your skills in character recognition. More information is below the timetable.

Day(s) Dates-all 2016 Time Full Price / Student
Chinese Characters  Beginners Wednesday 9,16,23,30 Nov and 7 Dec 2016 6.00-8.00pm £50/£35

Character Class: Registration Form

This class which will help you decrypt Chinese characters both familiar and unfamiliar.  At the end of the five weeks students should:

  • Have understanding of the core elements (radicals) within many characters
  • Be able to recognise up to 200 characters (and write these with practice)
  • Have an understanding of the cultural assumptions which underlie some Chinese characters

In the class you will learn how to write Chinese characters paying attention to the stroke order, formation and radicals, The cultural meaning behind some common characters will also be explained.  The class will run with whole class teaching and individual practice using materials prepared by the teacher, Wu Yuwen.
Wednesdays 6pm-8pm from 9 November till 7 December 2016 inclusive.

Asian Studies Seminar: On Feeding the Masses 12 Oct 5pm

This Asian Studies Seminar exploring why China’s food safety system is failing, despite concerted state efforts to reform its regulatory framework will be given by John Yasuda, Assistant Professor from Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures.

Rather than pointing to lack of state capacity, level of economic development, or corruption, the study seeks to gain analytical leverage from the often cited but understudied notion that China’s scale lies at the core of its governance challenges. In large, heterogeneous polities like China where millions of actors are operating at varying scales or “degrees of zoom” in diverse economic and geographical settings, scale politics are particularly fierce due to evolving social constructs, non-linear dimensions, and scale externalities. Drawing from over 200 interviews with food safety regulators and producers in China’s domestic, export, and organic markets and investigation over a 5 year period, the study seeks to establish new theoretical and empirical ground to explain why China’s fragmented unitary framework is ill-equipped to address its scale politics.  Cross-sectoral illustrations in the aviation, fisheries, and environmental sectors in China highlight how scale politics impact many other economic sectors within China; and cross-national comparisons of Europe, India, and the United States suggest that the politics of scale framework may engage debate about contentious policy arenas and regulatory outcomes in the world’s large and complex markets beyond China.

John Yasuda is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian
Languages & Cultures  Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) specializing in contemporary Chinese politics. Prof. Yasuda’s research includes the study of regulatory reform in developing countries, governance, and the politics of institutional integration. He has published articles in the Journal of Politics, Regulation & Governance, and The China Quarterly. His book, On Feeding the Masses, which examines the political roots of China’s food safety crisis, was recently accepted by Cambridge University Press. Prior to joining SGIS, Prof. Yasuda was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley, an MPhil in Comparative Government at Oxford University, and his BA in Government from Harvard College.

Date: Wed 12 October
Time: 5pm-7pm
Venue: David Hume Tower, LG.11, University of Edinburgh