GCHC1015 Culture and Everyday life in Modern China (1840-1949)

  通過這一門課,我們更好地瞭解近代中國(晚晴至民國時期)的面貌,包括衣、食、住、行。上這門課之前,你會首先接觸文化與文明這個辯題。你知道嗎?灰姑娘的故事早在中國古代已經有了!
  之所以喜歡這門課,很大程度上是因為這門課的老師——周佳榮教授。教授博學多才,用他畢生的經驗給我們傳授知識,不單是學術方面,還有做人方面。教授有一個習慣——他每堂課都會為我們準備好講義並派發給我們。想想一個場景:頭髪花白的教授,挪著並不矯健的身姿,提著重重的講義,一步一步地走向教室。這怎能叫人不感動?教授還把他自己的作品派發給我們看。教授曾到日本留學,懂日文,更懂中國史。課上,他繪聲繪色地講歷史故事,從古代穿插到近代,從中國介紹到日本,博古通今,也有香港的故事。
  學習這門課程,你不需要精通歷史,不需要死記硬背,你需要的是一顆善學的心和一雙善於聆聽的耳朵。考試形式也相當靈活,四道大題選兩道你感興趣的題目,講出自己的觀點,發表議論,不會太難。這真的是一門值得學習的科目,而周教授,更是值得我們跟從學習的老師。
(Translation) Though this course, we know more about the history of modern china in different aspects, including food, housing, clothing and transportation. Before going into course content, we first leant about the issue of “culture and civilization”. You know what? The story of Cinderella long existed in ancient China!
A major reason why I like this course is because of the teacher, Prof. Chow Kai Wing. He is so erudite and he tried his very best to share his experience and knowledge with us, not just on academic side, but also on life. In every lesson, Prof. Chow prepared lecture handouts for us. It is really touching when you see a respected professor like him carried heavy stacks of notes, slowly walks to the classroom. Besides, he shared his works with us too. He once went to Japan for study exchange, so he knows both Chinese history and Japanese. Also, he told us interesting stories vividly, from Hong Kong, China to Japan, from ancient period to nowadays.
Studying this course, you don’t have to be an expert of history. You don’t have to memorize anything by rote. What you need is just a passionate heart to learning and a pair of willing-to-listen ears. Talking about the exam, it’s really flexible. Out of 4 topics, you can choose any 2 topics you are interested and state your opinion. It’s not difficult. This course is absolutely a good course and Prof. Chow is really a good, model teacher.

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