February 5, 2012
Bucking Cultural Norms, Asia Tries Liberal Arts
Ricky Wong for The Chronicle
On a recent fall morning, students filed into a classroom at Sun Yat-sen University, whose leafy main campus hugs the banks of the south-winding Pearl River. They thumbed last-minute text messages, jockeyed for seats near the open windows, and shrugged off drooping backpacks. Their massive Wheelock's Latin textbooks, weighing in at more than two and a half pounds, hit their desks with a deep thunk.
Wait—Latin? In China?
Indeed, these students, some of the