Anything Goes: An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese / Edition 1

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With Anything Goes, students with three years or more of modern Chinese language instruction, including those returning from study abroad in China, finally have an advanced, up-to-date reader to reinforce their language skills in one semester—while also expanding their understanding of contemporary China. Whether alone or as a sequel to All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, this state-of-the-art textbook is an ideal resource. The thirty lessons focus on articles that have appeared since 2002 in newspapers and magazines in China, Taiwan, and elsewhere. They deal with a colorful array of topics related to the economic, cultural, social, and political changes in China since the country's opening up in the early 1980s—from the "dangers" of the Internet, to marriage issues, to urban development's effects on traditional culture.

The lessons are concise, allowing a variety of topics to be covered in a semester. Each lesson is supplemented with extensive vocabulary lists, English-language glossaries, sentence-pattern examples, exercises, and discussion topics. Simplified and traditional characters are juxtaposed.

Field-tested both at Princeton University and in the Princeton in Beijing program, Anything Goes has already been warmly received by both students and teachers. It is now poised to be the definitive advanced reader of modern Chinese.

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What People Are Saying

One question just about all Chinese language teachers confront annually is this: What textbook(s) should we adopt for our students who have returned from a study abroad semester or year in China? To date, there has been no text that targets this particular student group. The publication of Anything Goes finally offers an excellent resource designed specifically for our most advanced students. The material is up-to-date and will appeal to an undergraduate audience. Virtually every lesson deals with a fascinating, contemporary issue in China. Students and teachers will love this material because it is interesting and will spark classroom conversation.
James M. Hargett, State University of New York at Albany, author of "China Scene: A Multimedia Course in Chinese Culture and Society"
Baozhang He
Anything Goes has emerged from the void beautifully as the best advanced Chinese textbook available at the present time. The topics covered are rich, contemporary, and even controversial—just what is needed to stimulate students' discussion inside and outside the classroom. The language itself that presents the topics is current, practical, and appropriate to the students' level. The chosen texts represent a great variety of styles, giving students all-important exposure to different genres of modern Chinese. The glossary is concise and the targeted exercises make this textbook all the more valuable.
Baozhang He, College of the Holy Cross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691127668
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2006
  • Series: Princeton Language Program: Modern Chinese Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chih-p'ing Chou, Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, has coauthored or coedited previous volumes in the series of Chinese-language textbooks produced by the Princeton University Chinese Linguistics Project for Princeton University Press, including "All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese". Hua-Hui Wei and Kun An are both lecturers in the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University. Wei Wang is a lecturer in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Washington University in St. Louis.

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