I was born in Shanghai, a cosmopolitan city known as the oriental New York of China. Having grown up in a city shaped by the confrontation and coordination between the Western and Eastern cultures, I have always been deeply attracted by cultural diversity. Through studying linguistics and literature, I have developed my observation and communication skills to explore different cultures through my trained educational lens.
I received both B.A. and M.A in teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the East China Normal University. In 2013, I was invited to teach as a visiting scholar in the University of Virginia. In 2014, I worked as a Chinese instructor at the Chinese Summer School of Middlebury College. Before I joined the Department of Asian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2015, I had also taught various levels of Chinese courses in study abroad programs such as the CET-in-Shanghai Program, the UVA-in-Shanghai Summer Intensive Language Program, and the Critical Language Scholarship Program.
In my spare time, I am a volunteer working for a local grassroots NGO for women and LGBT rights in Shanghai. Since 2015, I have been assisting fieldwork research for a joint cultural study project focusing on the female migrant workers in Shanghai.
My research interests focus on the task-supported and topic-oriented teaching pedagogies and Chinese function word research and teaching for intermediate and advanced Chinese levels.
CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 305: Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 306: Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 407: Readings in Modern Chinese I