A series of short video clips for American students interested in learning Chinese and Taiwanese cultures by Ching-Hsuan Wu

created on Oct 29, 2017 modified on Oct 31, 2017 03:11


A culture can be perceived differently by members of the culture and its outsiders. Additionally, individual participants involved in the culture can have varied interpretations of the practices, artifacts, and concepts within the culture based on their identities, backgrounds, and subjectivities. Therefore, it is imperative that culture is not only introduced by experts of the culture, such as professors and researcher, but also discussed and presented by new members of the culture, who were once strangers to the culture.

Following this rationale, in an effort to appeal American students who are interested in learning Chinese and Taiwanese cultures through a lens of their peers’ viewpoints and present both Chinese and Taiwanese cultures with a diversity of perspectives, the students in the author’s Chinese Culture, an advanced content-based 15-week Chinese language course, created and posted a series of short video clips on Youbute to showcase what Chinese and Taiwanese cultures mean to them with an objective of information dissemination to their target audience, communities of American students.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
Ching-Hsuan WU


Subject Area(s): education, fashion, food, friendship, language and literature, restaurant, society

Instructional Context

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Language Proficiency

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World Readiness Standards

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21st Century Skills

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Project Sequence Overview

Preparing for the Project

1. Striking cultural phenomena in China and/or Taiwan and why? - Engage the students with discussions of their cultural experiences more detail

Launching the Project

1. 老外看中国、老外看台湾 - Investigate how cultures in China and Taiwan are perceived by foreigners more detail

Managing the Project

1. Coordinate the thematic outline as a group - A sentence that summarizes this task. more detail


1. One-on-one assessment and feedback sessions - A sentence that summarizes this task. more detail