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FLP: China: A Bite Size Into a Big Culture
Guangzhou, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter Round 1,
Winter Round 2
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Program Type: FLP (Faculty-Led Program) Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 2.0
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Program Description

How is culture communicated to us? How is communication influenced by culture? Join us to explore these questions in exciting Guangzhou, China! You may already be familiar with Chinese culture because of their delicious food; this will be our first step into learning about this ancient civilization. From this tasty starting point, you will dive deeper into this culture to look at how communication is impacted by a variety of powerful influences, such as government, cultural traditions, and the juxtaposition of an ancient history alongside rapid modernization. You will look at urbanization, media, food, pop culture, fashion, and language to gain a better understanding of this vibrant society.

Activities include:

  • Welcome ceremony at a local Cantonese dim sum restaurant
  • Karaoke night with local students from Sun Yat-sen University
  • Visit to iFlyTek, the cutting-edge company that developed YuDian (dubbed the Chinese Siri)
  • Trip to the Cantonese Opera Museum, and learn about the Cantonese language movement


COMM 161F Communication & Culture (4 units)

Human communication explored as a mechanism of control and as a vehicle of cultural change. Applies theoretical principles of communication to social issues and communication settings in different cultures.
Upper division standing or instructor consent.


faculty-china-tanProgram Leader: Ching Ching Tan

Ching Ching is a Cantonese native and finally she’s bringing students back to her hometown! She has a passion for communication and culture. Her program, FLP Guangzhou - A Bite Size into A Big Culture, focuses on Cantonese culture and its significance to China and to the world. Ching Ching loves food. Her taste buds are so wide (and wild) that you can challenge her to any kinds of food all over the world. Let’s first get started in her hometown.  

Ching Ching holds a BA in Linguistic from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in Communication Studies with a focus on English learners’ public speaking and writing. In her spare time, Ching Ching loves cooking, spending time with her family, and watching lots of SNL.



It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.

$1,000    SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200       Administration Fee
$2,685    Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$3,885    Total Program Cost

* Airfare is not included. 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.