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ASIA 351
Course title
Instructor: Jiaqi Yao
Office: Auditorium Annex A, Room 244A


Office Hours: Thur, 4:00-6:00 pm;

and by appointment

Class Schedule: Tue/Thur, 12:30 - 14:00,

Buchanan D217

Important Course Pages

Welcome to ASIA 351 Wiki site.

About the Assignment

This is essentially an open-book, group writing assignment. It builds and evaluates:

  • your knowledge of assigned course material; your ability to do research on a literary topic;
  • your capacity to write an accurate summary of essential information on a given topic;
  • your ability to follow standardized writing and formatting guidelines;
  • your capacity to evaluate and cite reliable sources of information on a given topic; and
  • your ability to work collaboratively with fellow students under time constraints.

On UBC Wiki, you and several classmates will write a new Wiki article around 2,000 words about a writer or a literary work. You will be using the knowledge gained in this class to create a public good, as your writing will be viewable by your classmates and students who attend the same course in the following years. This assignment is worth 20% of your course grade.

How to work with your group

Using Canvas, get in touch with your group members right away and discuss how you want to prepare for the assignment, using work plan as a guideline. Your group may collectively decide what type of writing your group would like to work on. You may speak and share information during this assignment. Remember to leave adequate time to revise, edit, and proofread your work; to check for and eliminate bugs and errors; and to post on Canvas. I highly recommend that you watch tutorial videos and experiment with the functions on UBC Wiki before the Wiki Week, so as to familiarize yourself with article style and format, editing procedures, citation formats, and the various quirks of the Wiki site. It will speed your work tremendously.

Suggested structure


  1. Lead section: A short introduction of the figure. You could include the information such as his or her date of birth, identities, important events in his or her life, his and her achievement – anything you want readers to notice at the first glance.
  2. Life: The writer’s life experience. Please include years and organize it logically.
  3. Literary career: What did he or she do as a writer?
  4. Representative works: Please list at least two works this writer wrote, and provide a short overview of available critical analyses of the works, as well as his or her writing style and characteristics.
  5. Influence: How does this writer influence the literary and cultural circle? If his or her works have been adapted into other art forms, please list them in separate sub-sections.
  6. Further reading: list all the valuable secondary materials (monographs, papers, biographies, etc.).
  7. References: See “HOW TO USE SOURCES (AND WHICH ONES).”
  8. Other tables: photos, important facts about the writer, etc.

Literary Work

  1. Lead section: A short introduction to the work. It gives some basic information, such as author, publishing date, publishing house/journal/newspaper, critiques – anything you want readers to notice at the first glance.
  2. Historical background: When was the work written? How does the historical background impact the work?
  3. Synopsis/Plot Summary: What story does the literary work tell?
  4. Main characters: Please include critical comments you could find from other sources.
  5. The theme(s) of the work: Please provide an overview of available analyses of the themes of this work.
  6. Influence: How does this writer influence the literary and cultural circle? If his or her works have been adapted into other art forms, please list them in separate sub-sections.
  7. Further reading: list all the valuable secondary materials (monographs, papers, book reviews, etc.).
  8. References: See “HOW TO USE SOURCES (AND WHICH ONES).”
  9. Other tables: photos, important facts about the writer, etc.

How to use sources (and which ones)

This assignment involves research, and the more you do in advance the better prepared you’ll be. The Wiki entry must cite at least one course-assigned reading. You may also use other sources, including internet sources, and in any language, but you must write about them in English. You must cite every source you use and attribute the source of every piece of information. You will receive a higher mark for using high-quality sources, especially published works of scholarship, such as books, newspapers and magazines, theses and dissertations, and articles or book reviews appearing in academic journals. You are encouraged to make use of library resources, including online databases such as JSTOR, ProjectMuse, cIRcle, and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. Do not cite the course lecture slides, but do cite published works cited therein. Needless to say, cite only sources that you have actually consulted. Please use the Wikipedia reference style (see

How to Submit Your Assignment

Your group need to post the work plan on Novermber 15. After you are finished writing your Wiki page, you need to submit the assignment link and a short self-reflection individually on Canvas before 11:59 pm November 20.

How the Assignment will be Evaluated/Graded

The project is worth 20% of your final course grade. Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Criteria\Level Exemplary
Work Plan (2 points)
CONTENT (3 points) Contents are factually correct, relevant, and as complete as possible using available sources.
(3 points) Present comprehensive yet divergent views with appropriate balance: both positive and negative views are included. At least two to three views are provided without much overlap or reiteration.
ORGANIZATION (3 points) Use a consistent structure to segment the article and present all the information in a logical progression, including a lead section and a table of contents.
STYLE (2 points) Use neutral language and emphasize existing facts (examples and views). Your entry should read like an encyclopedia page rather than a persuasive essay.
(2 points) Explains the key ideas clearly, concisely, adequately and logically compelling with few errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
(2 points) Accurately cites all sources of information to support the credibility and authority of the information presented; consistently use standard bibliographic format to cite sources.
GROUP COLLABORATION (3 points) Contributes equally with other group members in researching, writing, and editing; have your meeting notes, memos, and/or distribution of labor specified in the discussion board of the group Canvas site (this is to encourage you to use discussion board to communicate with each other); submit individual self-reflection of group project experience; submit anonymous I-Peer evaluation.