Who We Are

Dr. Jianguo Chen

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.

Dr. Xiaoyan Xiao

Dr. Xiaoyan Xiao is a professor from the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University, China. She has over 20 years of experience in language- and culture-related research, teaching and projects. Her expertise lies in interpreting – both in spoken and in signed modes, as well as Linguistics. As co-director of UDCI, she hopes to reach out to the local community so they may better understand China. Together with her colleagues she’d like to build bridges that will transcend any differences we might have.

Ms. Carrie Fang
Program Manager

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 twelve 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.

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 TeacherMs. Bai received her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Shaanxi Normal University in China. She joined Confucius Institute at the university of Delaware in August 2013, and since then has been teaching Chinese at all levels at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
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’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Xiamen University, China. With more than six years of experience in teaching Chinese to non-native speakers around the world, Mr. Kang has taught students ranging from kindergarteners in the Delaware Christian Academy in New Castle, Delaware to undergraduate students in Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand and to adult learners from South Africa in Xiamen University, China. He has extensive experience teaching high school students as well, including two years teaching the 10th and 11th graders at the Delaware Christian Academy and serving as chaperon for the 2015 NSLI-Y China program in Xiamen. Currently Mr. Kang is teaching Chinese at Caesar Rodney High School in Dover.

Ms. Jinzhi Liu
Chinese TeacherMs. Jinzhi Liu graduated from Jiangxi Normal University majoring in teaching Chinese as a second language. She has more than three years of experience teaching Chinese in Philippine, Thailand and the US.  Ms. Liu now teaches Chinese to UD faculty, staff, alumni as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Wilmington.

Ms. Shuai Wang
Chinese TeacherShuai Wang graduated from the Mea Fah Luang University in Thailand with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and has been teaching Chinese to K-12 students and university students in Thailand for four years before joining the Confucius Institute at UD in the summer of 2014. Ms. Wang taught the 10th graders at the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security as well as the kindergarten kids at Delaware Christian Academy last year. She is now teaching Chinese to high school students at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware this year.

Ms. Yan Wang
Chinese TeacherMs. Yan Wang received her master’s degree in education from Harbin Normal University in Heilongjiang Province. She also holds an advanced teacher certificate in teaching Chinese as a second language from the International Profession Certification Association (IPA). Born and raised in a Peking Opera family, Ms. Wang has been exposed to the art form since very young age. She also received professional training on vocal performance and has been performing on stage in Heilongjiang Province for more than twenty years. Ms. Wang is particularly interested in promoting Chinese culture through language teaching. Her classes cover many topics such as traditional medicine, folk arts, and folk dances.

Ms. Qingxin Beth Xu
Chinese TeacherMs. Qingxin Beth Xu has more than ten years of language teaching and research experience in China, to students at almost all age groups and with various learning backgrounds. She received a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Xiamen University, specializing in second language acquisition, individual differences and systemic functional grammar. She was the co-author of two course books and is currently working in two research teams, one about Chinese/ English corpus and the other about teaching English with drama. She loves Chinese painting, cooking Chinese food, and is currently learning to play ocarina.

Ms. Lu Liu
Chinese Teacher

Ms. Lu Liu received her MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Xiamen University, China. Ms. Liu has taught Chinese in South Korea from 2010 to 2011 and at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria from 2013 to 2014. Ms. Liu is specialized in the Chinese Language Proficiency Test (aka HSK) related courses and has been teaching K-5 students at the Delaware Christian Academy in New Castle, Delaware since August 2015.

Ms. Xinqin Liu
Chinese TeacherMs. Xinqin Liu received her Master’s Degree of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language from Xinjiang University in China and has spent a year teaching Chinese at the Confucius Institute of Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan from 2012 to 2013. She joined afterwards in Qinghai Nationalities University to teach Chinese to international students there. Miss Liu is specialized in Chinese folk music, folk dance, folk arts and speaks French as well.

Miss Wenqian Chen
Chinese Teacher

Miss Chen received her MA in English Language Education from De La Salle University, Philippines and BA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Fujian Normal University (FJNU). She has taught Chinese in the Philippines from 2007 to 2008 and lectured College English to Chinese students in FJNU from 2010 to 2013. She joined afterwards in Xiamen University to teach Mandarin to international students. Miss Chen loves Chinese folk music, Calligraphy and Chinese Cuisine cooking.

Ms. Fang Guo
Chinese Teacher

Ms. Fang Guo has more than five years’ experience of teaching Chinese as a second language. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Hunan Normal University and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Tsinghua University. She had taught Chinese for one year in London School of Economics. Before joining the UDCI, she is a full time Chinese teacher in Xiamen University.


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