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Online audio files for Deborah Tannen article

Posted by thuicc on December 8, 2006

As I mentioned in class, the audio for some of the conversations from Tannen’s article is available online. Click on the links to listen to the conversations from pages 138-139, 140-141, and 143. (Some of what’s on the recordings is not in the article, but don’t worry…)

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Exchange with our partners in Kuwait

Posted by thuicc on November 4, 2006

If you haven’t gone there yet, be sure to visit our Kuwaiti partners’ class website and respond to their questions about Taiwan.

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My questions to Kuwaitis culture!

Posted by ashy7495 on October 29, 2006

Hello, everyone~

How you doing?I’ve read those brief introduction of Kuwaitis culture and I got really excited to ask more questions. For example, about the tea and coffee that Kuwaitis usually serve to a guest, but is there any possiable for serving juice or cola? Does the guest need to finish all the tea or meals to show their appreciation? Do the young generation use bare hands to enjoy the meal? Are there any people are vegetarians?

Since the mixed cultures of Kuwait is soo amazing, do the students still want to major in any Asian language? like Japanese or Chinese? Bedies the mass media you have in Kuwait, do you have Kuwaitis serials& dramas like we commonly have in China, Taiwan, Korea. Mind if you introduce Kuwaitis singers to me?

I’m really curious and excited to know about these. sorry about listing out a page of questions…haha:p

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This weekend’s assignment

Posted by thuicc on October 27, 2006

For this weekend, you should either watch the video about the Hajj that is linked to in the previous post, or look at the Wikipedia articles about Islam, Kuwait, and the Culture of Kuwait. If you choose the Wikipedia articles, look at the discussion pages as well as the articles themselves. Then post your thoughts, reactions, impressions, and questions on the course blog.

Note: when you post your thoughts, be sure to give us enough context. For instance, if you watch the video and have a question about the Hajj or what the video has presented about it, make sure to give enough detail about what the video presents. If you are writing about one of the articles, you can quote from the article or the dicussion to help us better understand your comments or questions.

Again, please publish your posts by the evening of Oct. 29 so our partners in Kuwait can read them. If you have any questions, let me know!

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This afternoon’s class

Posted by thuicc on October 19, 2006

Here are two websites we will be using for this afternoon’s class:

The focus of the activities we’ll be doing here is on how global English-language media portray or understand Taiwan.

The first project involves looking at English-language newspapers from around the world in order to see how they represent Taiwan to their audiences. What counts as “news” from Taiwan? Of what interest is news from Taiwan to the audiences of those online newspapers? And what do those news articles suggest about the culture(s) of Taiwan and/or the relationships of Taiwan to the audiences of the articles?

The second project takes a look at Wikipedia, an online “collaborative” encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written and edited by many people–almost anyone who accesses an article on the site can make changes to the information on the site. The website also keeps records of the changes and records discussions held about how articles should be written. (Take a look, for example, at the Taiwan article, the history of changes to that article, and the discussions that have gone on about that article.) This information–and the fact that Wikipedia is a popular site for students, scholars, and other people to go for quick information on all kinds of topics–means that Wikipedia is an interesting and important site to look at when we want to understand the various ways in which Taiwan is understood (or misunderstood, depending on your perspective) and the debates and controversies that go on about how to understand this place.

Articles to take a look at for this second assignment: Taiwan, Taiwanese people, Culture of Taiwan (and the articles’ changes and histories).

I’ll be asking you to work on small groups, choose one of these assignments, and prepare to present your conclusions on this course blog in the near future. (Date is still to be determined.)

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What I want you to think about for next week

Posted by thuicc on September 29, 2006

Yesterday we ended up the class by identifying some of the cocultures we find in Taiwan and some of the stereotypes the dominant culture has about these cocultures. For next week, I’d like you to think about how the cultures/cocultures you belong to affect your communication with people from other cocultures.

For instance, I mentioned that you’re all English majors in Taiwan, and you’ve been trained to write and speak in particular styles of academic English. Can you think of any examples of how your membership in this coculture might have affected your communication style and your communication with people who are not English majors? (You’re welcome to respond on this blog, also.)

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