The Chinese & American Experience:
A Bridge Between Two Cultures
International Cultures Week Seminar:
Thursday, March 11, 2004, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Oakton Community College - Skokie Campus, Room A-152

Lecturer: William K. Tong, (312) 886-9380

Click link to download the overhead transparencies for the above presentation, originally presented on 7/16/02 as a Passages Seminar at Oakton

HIS E65-61
Emeritus Seminar: November 8, 15, 29 - 2001


    History E65-61 (HIS E65-61) is a non-credit seminar course offered through the Emeritus program at the Oakton Skokie campus.   It consists of a series of three 90 minute lectures, scheduled on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 PM, on the following dates: November 8, 15, and 29, held in one of classrooms near Room A-145 in the "A" wing of the first floor.  There will be no lecture on November 22 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

   The content of this seminar is part history and part cultural anthropology.  The seminar will emphasize topics and perspectives regarding China and the Chinese unfamiliar to most non-Chinese.  The first lecture (November 8) will give a very brief overview of Chinese history from the ancient past to the present, including a number of important historical Chinese scientific inventions mostly unknown to the west; and will introduce principles from anthropology describing the social and psychological needs of all human beings, and the very different historical paths taken by the Chinese vs. American cultures.  The second lecture (November 15) will focus on the direct comparison and contrast of aspects of Chinese culture, particularly language, social ideals, religion, class distinctions, with their American counterparts, and how they influence and impact America's view and relationship with the world.  The third lecture (November 29) will describe the historical development and current status of the Chinese overseas community in America.  (Approximately 15 minutes per period will be allotted for questions from the audience.)

    There is no official textbook for this course, but I have made excerpts available from my main reference texts.  Hard copies of the handouts described below    will be available for registered students, and may also be downloaded from the Internet from Oakton's web server.  This course outline may be accessed on the Internet at this address:

    If you are viewing this web page on line, you may click on the hyperlinks below to view and download the course handouts:

1.    Excerpts from the main text source of this course:  "American & Chinese: Passages To Differences" by Prof. Francis L.K. Hsu
       (this handout is over 60 pages long)

(I highly recommend that you obtain the full text of "Americans & Chinese," borrow it from a public or college library, or purchase a paperback copy for $15.00 from the Barnes & Noble book store chain - there is a location at the Village Crossing Mall in Skokie. You may also order it on-line for $12.00 from, by clicking HERE.   It is well worth the effort.)
2.    "Linguistic Features of the Chinese Language Family"

3.    "Chinese Kinship Classification Chart" (What Do You Call Your Relatives?)" by William K. Tong

4.    "Cantonese Profile" by the UCLA Language Materials Project

5.    "Chinese Immigration to the United States" article

6.      "The Chinese Experience in America" by Shih-shan Henry Tsai

7.      Historical Photo Tour: The Chinese Experience In America

8.      Whirlwind Tour of China: 10 Cities in 20 Days - My 1996 trip to China with over 500 photos: