Program Director

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Dr. Zhiqiang Li is a professor of Chinese and director of the Chinese Studies minor program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT. 

Professor Li is a linguist. His research expertise includes several areas, including phonology, acoustic phonetics, Chinese linguistics, and language pedagogy. He has conducted research on phonological prominence in tone sandhi, the interaction of tone and intonation...

  • PhD, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • MA, Applied Linguistics, Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • BA, English Language and Literature, Tianjin Normal University

Full-Time Faculty

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Stephen Roddy is a professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, received his PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in the fiction and other prose genres of 18th and 19th century China and Japan. His current interests focus on the influences of Chinese fiction on late-Tokugawa writers, and of Meiji-period thinkers on essayists of the late-Qing. He teaches courses in Japanese and Chinese literature, culture, and language. He is also Chair Professor at the...

  • PhD, Princeton University

Wei Yang Menkus received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches broadly in Chinese cinema in a global context, with special interests in film genre, spatiality, transnational practice, and the intersection between China and Hollywood. She is currently completing a book manuscript on film space in contemporary Chinese cinema.

Her teaching interests include Chinese cinemas, East Asian genre films, gender and visual culture, city...

  • PhD, East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University

Part-Time Faculty

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Wenchi Chang has an MA in Chinese and a BA in Chinese Literature. She also holds two Certificates of Training Program for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. Professor Chang has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Davis and National Taiwan Normal University. She teaches elementary to advanced Chinese language and Chinese literature.

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Wan Liu received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She specializes in Chinese poetry, literary culture of the Tang and Song periods, gender and women. Among her favorite subjects of teaching are the relations among painting, calligraphy, and poetry.

  • PhD, Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Yachi Teng received her EdD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco in 2009 and her MA in Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She obtained her Mandarin Teaching Certificate from Taiwan, and her Foreign Language Teaching Certificate from Pennsylvania.

Her teaching and research interests include Mandarin teaching at all levels, second language acquisition, online/distance language learning, and multimedia language learning.

  • University of San Francisco, Doctor of Education, 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Education, 2005
  • National Tainan Teachers College, Bachelor of Arts in Languages and...
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Josephine Tsao has an MA in Chinese from San Francisco State University, and an MA and PhD in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also teaches Chinese at San Francisco State University and the City College of San Francisco.