Teaching Assistant Professor in Chinese
134 E. Franklin St., 216

Professional biography

I am a Manchurian, a Chinese ethnic minority which is descended from the Jurchen people who established the Jin dynasty. I was born and raised in Tumen, a town in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Northeast China. My hometown is a border city between China and North Korea, divided by the Tumen River (Dooman River in Korean). Growing up in a multilingual and multicultural environment, I have been inspired and challenged by cultural conflicts and the integration of Korean-Han-Manchurian culture. This experience has driven me to bridge the cultural gap and raise the cultural awareness of my students in the language classroom.

I came to the US in 2008, and received an MBA and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. I taught at the Chinese Institute of Language and Arts from 2010-2014, in which I implemented the communicative approach during the instruction. During this time, I both developed curriculum and carried out interactive instruction for a variety of adults in different professions. From 2012 to 2014, I was a part-time lecturer and taught students in Chinese at both UMass and Boston University. In addition, I taught an immersive language program with Middlebury Interactive Languages for two summers. Through this experience I applied task-based teaching and the communicative approach in the foreign language classroom.

I joined the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina as a visiting lecturer in August 2014, and have taught at UNC ever since. I strive to create an interactive learning environment for all of my students and encourage them to communicate as much as possible, in order to maximize their communicative competence.

In my spare time, I am a volunteer caretaker and social specialist for Independent Animal Rescue in the Chapel Hill-Durham area.


Sociolinguistics in Chinese; parameter setting for Chinese for heritage speakers in Chomsky’s UG theory; implementing OPI criteria in the classroom of heritage speakers.


CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 111: Elementary Written Chinese
CHIN 212: Intermediate Written Chinese
CHIN 313: Advanced Written Chinese