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A student guide for the critically acclaimed 1986 film A Great Wall


Filmed in China, the Peter Wang motion picture A Great Wall chronicles the experiences of a Chinese-American family during an extended visit with relatives in Beijing. Entertaining and rich in cross-cultural insights, the film is well suited both for teaching Chinese language and culture and for stimulating class discussion.This learning guide is prepared especially for students at an intermediate level. Prerequisite to its use is proficiency in the basics of Chinese grammar and vocabulary. The text has been divided into ten sections for convenient study, with each section containing a portion of the script, a list of new vocabulary words for each scene in that section, sample sentences for the vocabulary, and exercises. [v]

Jing-Heng MA is Mayling Soong Professor of Chinese Studies at Wellesley College.