Who We Are

Dr. Jianguo Chen, Director of the Confucius Institute,  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 of the Confucius Institute, is an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the Overseas Education College of Xiamen University, China. Prof. Huang has over twenty years of experience in supervising international education. He is a visiting professor at UD and teaches courses in Chinese calligraphy and Taiji Quan. As an acupuncturist in China, he has taught Chinese medicine and acupuncture for more than twenty years.

Ms. Carrie Fang, Program Coordinator, manages programs, personnel, accounting and public relations for the Confucius Institute at UD. Ms. Fang has worked in education management for more than nine years. 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, Administrative Assistant. She 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 (MA in Journalism).

Dr. Ming WuVisiting ScholarShe received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the Communication University of China in Beijing. Her research interests include Applied Linguistics; Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language; Chinese Lexicology. Dr. Wu won the “Innovative Demonstration Lessons Award” in the 2010 selection of Demonstration Lessons of International Chinese Teaching. Her project “the Construction of Database for Preparing Lessons in TCFL” was awarded Education Ministry of China’s Humanities & Social Sciences Project Fund in October 2010. Dr. Wu was also granted as a research supervisor for Chinese International Education of Xiamen University, in June, 2010.

Ms. Tina Xiaoyang Chen, Visiting Scholar. 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.

Ms. Shaorong Lin,  Visiting Scholar.

Ms. Lan (Sophia) BaiVisiting Scholar.

Ms. Yang (Carrie) WangVisiting Scholar.

Ms. Kezhen (Kelsie) YangVisiting Scholar. 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.

Ms. Danfeng (Holly) Bao, Visiting Scholar.

Lang Qin, Student Assistant. She owns 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. Her research interests span Phonology, 1st & 2nd Language acquisition and Anthropology education. Lang also has background of Chinese arts, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting and Gu-Qin (Chinese Lute). She is now teaching Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting.

Yizhu Tang, Student Assistant, 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.

Jingyi Zhang, Student Assistant, 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.

Ben Graham EsenderStudent Assistant, double majoring in Asian Studies and Chinese language, class of 2014. Studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University in Beijing and Guangdong Foreign Language and Trade University in Guangzhou.  In 2011, acted as an ESL instructor in Guangxi, Yulin and Foshan, China. Has a passion for Asian culture and an interest in building a bridge over the river of cultural diversity between China and the USA.