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Reading Into a New China

Deciphering a Changing Society
2nd Edition
by Duanduan Li, Irene Liu

"The breathtaking pace of change in China is reflected in this substantial revision. There are more opportunities to apply nuanced analytical and communication strategies across an array of readings." - Prof. Duanduan Li

Reading Into a New China is a best-selling, innovative course designed to build advanced level reading and writing proficiency using essays on China’s rapidly changing sociocultural landscape. Students explore complex issues like China’s population boom, the challenges of finding love, financial hurdles, and environmental issues. The series’ pedagogy emphasizes reading comprehension strategies and language acquisition techniques, teaching learners to skim texts for main ideas, scan for details, and identify different types of prose. The series also explains the nuances of formal written Chinese and encourages users to implement newly learned literary forms in their writing.

Word usage, sentence patterns, and grammar activities are scaffolded for writing skills development, and communicative exercises such as discussion and presentation topics encourage speaking and writing about complex social issues in contemporary China. Visually striking, full-color magazine-style spreads enhance up-to-date content with photographs and infographics.

  • Core content and workbook-style exercises are combined to provide an integrated learning experience
  • Emphasis on reading strategies and language acquisition techniques
  • Readings updated to reflect recent cultural shifts in Chinese society
  • Readings and vocabulary lists in both simplified and traditional characters
  • Word usage, sentence pattern, and grammar activities to scaffold writing skills development
  • Discussion, presentation, and debate topics, as well as group research projects, to encourage speaking and writing about complex social issues 

Exceptionally well written and organized, Reading Into a New China is thoroughly 'student friendly' in its bilingual presentation. This core, advanced-level Chinese text is very highly recommended, especially for college and university Chinese language instructional collections.

— Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review

Reading Into a New China provides very comprehensive and on-target coverage of content important to advanced-level Chinese. Its focus on reading, and the considerable amount of reading it provides, are both laudable, and the exercises provided are plentiful and diverse.  

— Zheng-sheng Zhang, San Diego State University
About the Author(s)

Dr. Duanduan Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Applied Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. She is the former Director of the Chinese Language Programs in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC, Vancouver (2003-2012), and in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, New York (2002-2003). 

Dr. Irene Liu was Director of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, New York, for ten years.