For Educators

Han Langen and Yin Xiucen in Chin-Chin 1939

The Chinese Film Classics website is a free resource for educators and students of cinema, history, culture, and language. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of it for your own purposes.

A FULL COURSE ON EARLY CHINESE CINEMA

The Chinese Film Classics online course offers a complete, semester-long online curriculum focusing on eleven black-and-white films.

MODULAR CONTENT

Films, video lectures, essays, image galleries, bibliographies and other resources can also be used selectively based on interests and curricular needs.

THEMES AND TOPICS

You can design your own modules based on recurring themes and topics.
Here are just a few ideas, in alphabetical order:

  • Celebrities and stardom
  • Children
  • The Chinese civil war
  • Communism
  • Confucianism
  • Cultural industries
  • Film form
  • Gender
  • Genre
  • Humor and comedy
  • Media
  • Music and sound recording
  • Performance styles
  • Popular culture
  • Poverty
  • Revolution
  • Sex
  • Social norms
  • Special effects
  • Storytelling
  • Urban and rural cultures
  • World cinema
  • World War II

PLAYLIST PEDAGOGY

This website and the companion Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel offer an array of audio-visual content for teaching and learning, with over 150 full films, film clips, and videos. These materials can be used to design research projects and classroom activities, or simply to discover and explore new interests.

Feel free to create your own YouTube channel and draw on MCCS channel videos create a unique playlist for your course. The possibilities are many!

CHINESE LANGUAGE-LEARNING

All of the films may be used for Chinese-language learning – reading, listening, speaking, some even for singing! With films, you can pause and repeat as needed. The characters onscreen are all Traditional Characters (fanti zi), which was the standard during the Republican era (1912-1949).

WHAT’S WORKING FOR YOU?

Have a suggestion? Spotted an error or omission? Have an idea for the (virtual) classroom? Willing to share best practices? Write!

This website serves a global audience and, in just a few months, has attracted visitors from over eighty-five countries. I appreciate any and all efforts to make this shared resource better. Join the many people who have contributed to the Chinese Film Classics project, who you can read about here.