Students explore the similarities and differences between Chinese and Australian commercial cultures. They gain awareness of the structure of Chinese enterprises and of business and commercial contexts and practices as they operate in Chinese-speaking countries.
Commercial correspondence will be an important focus for this area of study, together with the development of relevant practical and linguistic skills such as using communication systems in Chinese.
Unit: The Silk Road
There was an ancient trans-Asian trade route trade known as the Silk Road. This road’s starting point was the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an, extending northwest to the east coast of the Mediterranean and eventually reaching Rome.
1. Zhang Qian and the Silk Road
The great Han dynasty explorer and diplomat Zhang Qian spent his lifetime opening up the Silk Road. This is Zhang Qian’s story.
2. Su Wu herding sheep
Su Wu was a Han dynasty diplomat, sent to the far west. There he was asked to betray the dynasty, but he refused and was detained in great hardship at Lake Beihai, herding sheep for 19 years. He remained unyielding in the face of brutal force and came to be regarded as a model of loyalty to the dynasty.
Original text: 《苏武牧羊》原文和译文——选自《汉书·李广苏建传》 作者:班固
3. Zheng He’s voyage
This article chronicles the history of Zheng He's voyages in the 1400s and describes the scale of the voyage, the crew, ships etc. In particular, it highlights the historical significance of Zheng He's voyages, which opened up maritime routes throughout Asia and the Western Pacific to the Middle East, India and Africa.
4. An epic journey
The text is about Italian traveller Marco Polo's trip to China, starting with his yearning for China. At age 17 he embarked on the epic journey from Italy to China with his father, eventually writing the famous The Travels of Marco Polo. It was not easy for him to remain on the desired path. To realise his ideals, he had to overcome many difficulties, sometimes risking his life.
Alternative text (short video): 《马可波罗来华》 Marco Polo’s Travel in China
Xuangzang (c. 602–664 AD) was a Chinese Buddhist who travelled to India to study Buddhist scripture. The 17-year overland journey was full of adventure. Xuangzang successfully returned with many Buddhist texts, which he devoted the rest of his life to studying and translating.
Alternative text (audio): 《玄奘西游》 Xuangzang’s Journey to the West
Link: This resource links to the Literature area of study, as the famous Chinese classic Journey to the West was based on Xuangzang’s journey. It also links to the Media Studies, unit Distinctively Chinese, item 4.
Refer to The Arts area of study, unit Arts and Artists in China, item 2
7. The New Silk Road
The New Silk Road, also known as the Eurasian Land Bridge, describes rail routes with regular cargo trains from Chongqing to Duisburg, Germany and Chongqing to Antwerp, Belgium. These texts are both newspaper articles.
Text 1: 《新"丝绸之路"连通渝新欧 比利时货运专列发往重庆》
Text 2: 《“渝新欧”国际联运大通道串起新“丝绸之路”》
Refer to the Science, Technology and the Environment area of study, unit Change (the environmental wakeup call), item 6.
Refer to the Science, Technology and the Environment area of study, unit Change (the environmental wakeup call), item 1.
Refer to the Science, Technology and the Environment area of study, unit Change (the environmental wakeup call), item 3.
Refer to the Science, Technology and the Environment area of study, unit Change (the environmental wakeup call), item 4.
Refer to the Science, Technology and the Environment area of study, unit Change (the environmental wakeup call), item 10.
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