China Scene

An Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course
by Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu, James Hargett

Through sixteen scripts of original television broadcasts from China, students learn about recent social, economic, and cultural changes in Chinese society. China Scene’s DVD and audio recordings present authentic television news reports and features from mainland China, allowing students to hear and see for themselves how the television texts they are reading and translating appear in life. The textbook includes written transcripts of each television broadcast, plus related dialogues, vocabulary, language notes, cultural notes, and exercises. Texts are in simplified and traditional characters on facing pages.

About the China Scene Series

China Scene comprises a textbook with workbook exercises, downloadable audio files, and a DVD. Cross-platform, multimedia, interactive software can also be downloaded for free at


A free testing version of a companion software program for China Scene is available for download here. Created by De Bao Xu and Hong Gang Jin, this cross-platform software is a complete, multimedia version of China Scene, including simplified and traditional character texts, interactive learning activities, video, audio, graphics, and animation to accompany the China Scene series.