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Newspaper Readings (Paperback)

Newspaper Readings (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Chih-p'ing Chou, Xuedong Wang
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Reader
Level: Advanced
Note: Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese
List Price: $37.5

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This book is a newspaper reader for the American student who has completed one and a half to two years of modern Chinese. The fourteen selections included in the reader show how the U.S. was depicted in commentaries and essays in The People's Daily from 1990 through 1991. Covering the education crisis, social injustice, human rights violations, and racial discrimination, the articles are generally critical of, and even hostile to, American society as a whole: their controversial nature will elicit student interest and classroom participation.

Each selection is presented in both traditional and simplified characters, with a copy of the actual newspaper article and a cartoon included: each is also accompanied by a vocabulary glossary, sentence patterns annotated in English, and suggested discussion topics. In addition to the fourteen glossed selections, eight unglossed essays are included for use as supplementary reading materials.

Audio and video materials are available for use with this text. For further information, contact the Chinese Linguistics Project, 231 Palmer Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544. (609-258-4269).

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Text: Chinese, English

Product Details
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0691000700
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Excellent textbook, September 21, 2004

Reviewer: reader

This textbook is a collection of newspaper article from the People's Daily concerning news relating to the United States. From these articles, one sees how the U.S. is viewed in the eyes of the official newspaper of China, and one could analyze it however one wish. Besides the political nature of the textbook, the book is excellent in its design. Traditional and simplified characters are provided for the article and the vocabulary, but only traditional characters are used in the grammatical example sentences and the glossary index. What is also neat about the book is that one can choose to skip around and read any chapter because the vocabulary in each chapter is tailored to that particular chapter; thus, one does not have to read chapter 1 before chapter 2. The grammar explanations are good, and the example sentences have their English translations.

However, this is not a textbook for the beginner or low intermediate students. I would say it is a good textbook for those in their 5th semester of college level Chinese or higher since the vocabulary list is CRAZY. Some chapters contain over 100 words, most of which are academic words (so if you are looking for a book that will help you improve your conversational fluency, this is not it, but if you are already conversationally fluent and want to work on academic fluency, this is an excellent book). Overall, an excellent textbook.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Newspaper Readings in the People's Daily: A New Persepective, May 24, 2004

Reviewer: A. J. Huang (Cleveland, OH)

This book introduces students to actual current newspaper articles written in China, and so exposes students to the official Chinese newspaper's view of America in addition to expanding students' knowledge of Chinese written formal vocabulary and grammar. It also prints out what the actual newspaper article looked like to give students an idea of how much vocabulary and grammar is necessary to even read Chinese newspapers without much trouble. The provided exercises are more thought-provoking questions than grammar/vocabulary building exercises, so supplemental exercises may be necesary.


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