PhD, Stanford University, 1996
MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990
BA, Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, Beijing, 1982
In Chinese language courses, a high priority is to train language skills and enhance cultural awareness. To achieve these goals, I try to create a relaxed and lively atmosphere but dynamic interactions between the instructor and students as well as among students. Students from the most advanced to the least advanced are given equal opportunities to perform in the classroom-no one is left 'quite.' The mutual respects and help both inside and outside classrooms are strongly encouraged and cultivated. My non-language courses are characterized by the emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and introduction and cultivation of various perspectives. All these courses cover a wide range of texts from literature, film, history, literary and social theories that speak to different aspects of East Asian cultures, societies and histories.
Representation of the city and new urban culture in contemporary Chinese fiction and film.