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Yuhan Huang

Assistant Professor

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4092
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Yuhan Huang

Assistant Professor

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Beijing Foreign Studies University (China); MA, Ph.D., Purdue University

585-475-4092

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Book Chapter
Huang, Yuhan. "Gender, Ideology, and Nationalism in Chinese Children’s Cinema." The Oxford Handbook of Children's Film. Ed. Noel Brown. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2022. 488-505. Print.

Currently Teaching

MLCH-151
3 Credits
This course introduces Chinese culture and society through the lens of food, art, and thought. China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and ancient Chinese culture is the root of many cultural practices and traditions in East Asia. The course surveys Chinese civilization from the beginning to the modern time, highlighting fundamental ideas and practices that shape the Chinese culture and way of life. It addresses a broad range of topics including but not limited to systems of thought (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism), Chinese art forms (poetry, ink painting, calligraphy, and martial arts), tea, and Chinese cuisine. Students will also explore how Chinese thought, art, and cultural practices connect China with the world as cultural encounters and exchanges take place.
MLCH-201
4 Credits
This course is designed for beginners, with no prior study of Chinese. It introduces students to the sounds, basic sentence structures, and the writing system of Mandarin Chinese. Pinyin, the Romanization (phonetic transliteration) of Mandarin Chinese, is taught and required throughout the course. Students also learn to read and write Chinese characters. Emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills, as well as building a vocabulary based on the ideographic Chinese characters. Chinese culture is also introduced through the course. Students must take a placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Chinese and they have some prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
MLCH-202
4 Credits
This course continues the beginning level of Chinese study. The focus is on developing listening and speaking skills, with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing skills. Students will learn more expressions, sentence structures as well as other parts of the Chinese grammar. Further aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced, in parallel to Chinese language study.
MLCH-310
3 Credits
This course aims to improve students’ Chinese language proficiency and focuses especially on enhancing their conversational skills. The course will also increase students’ knowledge of Chinese culture in comparison with American culture through exposure to authentic sources. Students will learn expressions and manners of speaking during formal and informal Chinese conversations about their daily experiences. Students will develop their listening skills and will be able to gather general ideas and necessary details from authentic oral materials. They will also improve their abilities of narrating and describing familiar topics with various sentence structures. This course is especially suitable for students planning to study or work in China and desiring confidence and basic competence in communicating.
MLCH-315
3 Credits
This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to read authentic Chinese materials and write a variety of texts in Chinese, such as messages, blogs, emails, and short stories, more effectively. The main focus is to develop practical reading and writing skills that are essential for daily life by employing vocabulary, idioms, expressions, and structures in a more natural and descriptive fashion. This course provides students the opportunity to practice reading and writing strategies in meaningful and practical contexts, and to reinforce the materials that they have learned. Through reading, writing, discussion, multimedia, and presentations, students will learn the Chinese language in the context of describing nature, people, Chinese daily life and culture.
MLCH-352
3 Credits
This course surveys Chinese cinema from its beginning to the present with special attention to its transnational connections and gender representation. Films from the mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will be examined in-depth for their aesthetic quality and techniques, and equally important, against their socio-historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Topics include Kungfu films, women's cinema, documentation of globalization, independent filmmaking and social activism, and more. The class is conducted in English. Assigned films will be in Chinese with English subtitles.
MLCH-449
1 - 4 Credits
An in-depth exploration of the Chinese language and culture focusing on skills/topics that are not covered in sequential regular language courses. Prerequisite: varies; contact the instructor.
WGST-352
3 Credits
This course surveys Chinese cinema from its beginning to the present with special attention to its transnational connections and gender representation. Films from the mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will be examined in-depth for their aesthetic quality and techniques, and equally important, against their socio-historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Topics include Kungfu films, women's cinema, documentation of globalization, independent filmmaking and social activism, and more. The class is conducted in English. Assigned films will be in Chinese with English subtitles.