Have you ever wished you could read the great works of East Asian medicine for yourself? Have you ever wanted to study the classics of Chinese philosophy and literature in the original language? You can! This course will help you build a solid foundation for continuing to read and study Classical Chinese. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required. We’ll start with short but profound passages from some of the oldest works, and build up to reading longer passages and collaboratively producing a new translation of a lengthier text that we will publish online.

This online seminar will run for 14 weeks from September 14 – December 21, 2022. Participants will study Bryan W. Van Norden’s Classical Chinese for Everyone, view recorded lectures, and take part in weekly one-and-a-half-hour of Zoom meetings in which we will work together on translations. By the end of the course, you will grasp the fundamentals of Classical Chinese and be in a good position to continue your learning by reading and studying texts on your own or in a reading group like the one will form as a class to continue our learning even after the course is over.

September 14 – December 21
Class meets Wednesdays from 1 – 2:30pm EST


$1000 General Public
$900 White Pine Circle Members (click here for your discount code)

Refund Policy:

Refunds of 75% will be granted up to the first day of class. No refunds will be granted after that.

Enjoy this free one hour class with Stephen

Stephen Boyanton PhD.

Stephen Boyanton is a writer, translator, and historian who focuses on the history and literature of Chinese medicine. He received his PhD in East Asian History from Columbia University in 2015, and he has studied at both Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine. His work has appeared in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and AsianMedicineZone.com and will be in the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine. He is currently part of a group of scholars preparing a book of readings translating a wide variety of important East Asian medical texts. He normally lives in Chengdu, China, but is currently stranded in the U.S. due to the pandemic.