Who We Are


Dr. Jianguo Chen
Director

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Delaware, Director of the Chinese Program, Director of MA Program in Technical Chinese Translation, and also Director of US Department of State’s NSLIY Summer Institute in China. Jianguo Chen received his Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of California at Davis. His research interests include Chinese Cultural Studies, Chinese Film Studies, translation, contemporary Chinese society, modern Chinese literature, the 20th-century Chinese fiction, Comparative Literature and Theory. Jianguo Chen authored and co-authored several books including The Aesthetics of the Beyond: Phantasm, Nostalgia, and Literary Practice in Contemporary China (the University of Delaware Press, 2009) and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives (New Age Information, Inc., 2010). He is the Contributing Editor of Encyclopedia of Modern China (Thomson Gale, 2009). He has published many chapters in books including Images of Robin Hood; Aspects of Diaspora: Studies on North American Chinese Writers; Literature as Cultural Memory; and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives. In addition, Jianguo Chen also published many peer review journal articles in the leading scholarly journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature Studies, American Journal of Chinese Studies, Tamkiang Review, Chinese Culture, and Social Sciences. He also wrote dozens book reviews and reviewed many manuscripts for scholarly presses and journals. Among the many honors and grants he received were the federal grants from the US Department of State, a total of more than $1.5 million, and university research grants from the University of Delaware.

Professor Jianjun Huang
Co-Director

Professor Huang is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean of the Overseas Education College at Xiamen University. Prof. Huang has over twenty years of experience in supervising and managing international programs. Before coming to Delaware, he was the first Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand. Prof. Huang graduated from Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for more than two decades in China. He is also a master in Tai Chi as well as Chinese calligraphy.

Ms. Carrie Fang
Program Coordinator

Ms. Fang manages programs, personnel, accounting and public relations at the Confucius Institute at UD. Ms. Fang specializes in education program management with more than ten years of experience in the field. She once served as the Vice Principal for Tucson Chinese School in Tucson, Arizona and now is the Principal of Delaware’s Chun Hui Chinese School. She is an alumna of the University of Delaware (MBA), the University of Arizona (MA in Library Science), and Tianjin University in China.
 

Ms. Kuangbin Zoe Fan
Assistant Program Coordinator

Ms. Fan manages administrative activities in support of operation for the Confucius Institute at UD, organizes Chinese cultural activities and manages Confucius Institute Library. She taught Chinese at Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security to high school students. She has also been teaching Adult Chinese class at Chinese school of Delaware. She is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University (MS in Sociology) and Xiamen University, China (BA in Journalism).


Ms. Yang Carrie Wang
Culture Event Coordinator

Ms. Wang organizes cultural events and performances and leads the Confucius Institute Art Troupe. Ms. Wang is a musician specialized in Chinese traditional instruments, the Pipa and Hulusi. She is a talented artist specialized in directing and hosting big events, including the Teacher’s Day Celebration Gala broadcast by Fujian Provincial TV Station, Xiamen University Anniversary Gala, University of Delaware Spring Gala, and etc. Ms. Wang did research on teaching Chinese traditional music in American public schools. She is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (MM in Music Education), and Xiamen University in China (BA in music education).


Ms. Xiaoyang Tina Chen
Chinese Teacher

Ms. Chen has been teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China for more than six years, after receiving her MA in Chinese Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing. As the Assistant to the Dean and the group leader of reading class, her main job is to teach Chinese to non-native speakers, provide training to new teachers, train and manage postgraduates during internship. Her research interests include level reading, reading and writing separated teaching method and medicine Chinese.

Mrs. Shaorong Lin
Chinese Teacher

Ms. Lin is a professor of English Language and Literature. She received her MA from Fujian Normal University of China and her research interest is second language phonological acquisition. She is now teaching Chinese and in charge of organizing Chinese culture activities at Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security.
 
Ms. Lan Sophia Bai
Chinese Teacher
 
Ms. Kezhen Kelsie Yang
Chinese Teacher

Ms. Yang received her MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. She has been Chinese teacher at Yannawite Wittayakom School, Bangkok, Thailand for one year. She won the “Excellent Chinese Volunteer Teacher” award from Hanban for her service in Thailand in 2012.  She taught overseas students Chinese at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Yang now teaches Chinese and is in charge of organizing Chinese culture activities at Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE.  She is a professional dancer specialized in Chinese ethnic dances and has passed the 13th level (highest level) national accreditation on Chinese folk dance in China.
 
Mr. Guoqi Kevin Kang
Chinese Teacher

Mr. Kang received his  master degree in Linguistics and Applied linguistics from Xiamen University ,China on 2011 .From 2009 to 2011 he  taught the undergraduate students at Mae Fah Luang University  in Thailand as a Chinese teacher. He also taught the oversea students in SunYat-Sen University for a year. He organized and taught the Summer Camp  for student from Thailand  and South African at Xiamen University.

Mr. Ji Wu
Chinese Teacher

Mr. Wu is teaching Chinese language at UD. He is a professional Chinese language teacher. He had taught Chinese for one year in Cambodia. He taught students from Thailand, Japan and South Africa Chinese in Xiamen University China for 5 months as a full time Chinese teacher before he joined the Confucius Institute at UD. He is an alumni of Wuhan University (MA in Teaching Chinese as a second language and BA in Chinese language and literature).
 
Ms. Danfeng Holly Bao
Chinese TeacherMs. Bao graduated from East China Normal University with an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She has worked as a chaperon for the NSLI-Y program in Shanghai in 2012. She taught at the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security and is now teaching Chinese for the K through 10th grades at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington.


Mr. Ben Graham Esender
Student Assistant

Mr. Esender is double majoring in Asian Studies and Chinese language, class of 2014. Studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, Guangdong Foreign Language and Trade University in Guangzhou.  In 2011, acted as an ESL instructor in Guangxi, Yulin and Foshan, China. He has a passion for Asian culture and an interest in building a bridge over the river of cultural diversity between China and the USA. He was a recipient of the Confucius Institute Scholarship and has studied in Xiamen University in 2013.

Ms. Lang Qin
Student Assistant, Calligraphy Teacher

Ms. Qin has a B.A in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, and is currently a graduate student at the Dept. of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include Phonology, 1st & 2nd Language acquisition and Anthropology education. Ms. Qin also has a background in Chinese arts, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting and Gu-Qin (Chinese Lute). She is now teaching Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting to the UD community.
  Ms. Yizhu Tang
Student Assistant

Yizhu is double majoring in marketing and management, class of 2014. Being a public relation in Chin-America Association and recently elected President, she is interested in cultural communication. She is also a tutor teaching Chinese at University of Delaware Academic Enrichment center.
  Ms. Jingyi Zhang
Student Assistant

Jingyi is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Art, class of 2014. She is also working for Residence Life & Housing as a resident assistant to build a strong connection between Chinese and American students lives. She has a wide range of interests including Zumba, yoga, crafting, etc. Being certified as a Zumba instructor and teaching in China are her next step.

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