UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:  Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
The China Project

Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:
Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development

Click here to edit subtitle

2018 Summer Institute Presenting Faculty

Project Director and Year 2 Summer Institute Co-Director: 

Peter HERSHOCK is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and EducationSpecialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His work with ASDP over the past the past twenty years has centered on designing and conducting faculty- and institutional-development programs aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. As part of the EWC Education Program, he has collaborated in designing and hosting international leadership programs and research seminars that examine the relationship among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his main research work has focused on using Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on contemporary issues of global concern. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007); Educations and their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures (edited, 2008); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); and Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015).

Year 2 Summer Seminar Institute Co-Director:

Guobin YANG
is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty in the Graduate Group of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016) and The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009). His Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2003) is an annotated English translation of the 6th-century Chinese classic of rhetoric and literary theory Wenxin Diaolong. He has edited or co-edited four books, including Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Victor Pickard, 2017), China's Contested Internet (2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007). Yang is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of the journal Communication and the Public.

                                                           Year-Two Summer Institute Presenters:

Shana BROWN focuses on 19th- and 20th-century China, in particular intellectual and cultural history. A Fulbright scholar, she has degrees from Amherst College and the University of California, Berkeley, and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Dr. Brown researches Chinese politics and visual culture, collecting practices, and gender. Publications include Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography  (University of Hawaii, 2011); “Chinese Women as Collectors and Bibliophiles at the Turn-of-the-Century,” in Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950, (Ashgate, 2009); and “Sha Fei, the Jin-Cha-Ji Pictorial, and the Ideology of Chinese Wartime Photojournalism,” in Visual Culture in Wartime China (Institute of East Asian Studies, 2012).
Sumner LA CROIX is Professor Emeritus in the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa Department of Economics and a research fellow with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. His research focuses on the economic history of Hawaii, institutional change, property rights in land, and intellectual property rights in the Asia-Pacific region.  La Croix’s articles have appeared recently in leading economics journals, including Research Policy, Journal of Economic History, and International Economic Review.  He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Economic History and Australian Economic History Review, and is an executive editor of Journal of Asian Economics and an associate editor of Asian Economic Journal.


La Croix’s new book, From First Canoe to Statehood: Eight Hundred Years of Economic and Political Change in Hawai‘i, will be published by University of Chicago Press in January 2019.


In May 2016, the Cliometric Society awarded its Clio Can Award to La Croix for exceptional service to the field of cliometrics. 


Kate LINGLEY is Associate Professor of Chinese Art History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  She was educated at Harvard University, Peking University, and the University of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. in 2004. Professor Lingley's research focuses on Buddhist votive sculpture of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, with a particular interest in the social history of religious art. Her dissertation was a study of donor figures as representations of the self-image of Buddhist art patrons in the sixth century.  She is interested in the social significance of representation, religious practice, and identity, particularly ethnic identity, in a period in which non-Chinese peoples ruled much of North China.  This has led to a further interest in Chinese identity in a range of historical periods.  Her most recent public project was an exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy from Honolulu collections, that focused on the work of reformers of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the representation of identity in Northern Dynasties China by examining the relationship between tomb portraits and Buddhist donor portraits from the same period.

Jennifer TURNER has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 18 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. She leads the Wilson Center’s Global Choke Point Initiative, which together with Circle of Blue, has produced multimedia reports, films, and convening on water-energy-food confrontations in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. Other major initiatives include: Cooperative Competitors: Building U.S.-China Clean Energy Partnerships, From Farm to Chopsticks: Food Safety Challenges in China, and Storytelling is Serious Business Workshops For Chinese Environmental Professionals. Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal, the China Environment Series and most recently coauthored China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in China.

Teresa WRIGHT received her BA in Political Science at Santa Clara University, and her MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach since 1996, and has been chair of the Political Science department since 2009. Dr. Wright also has worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and the East-West Center in Honolulu. Since 2012, she has served on the Editorial Board of the China Quarterly.


Dr. Wright’s research focuses on state-society relations, protest and dissent, and the relationship between capitalism and democracy—particularly in China and Taiwan. Her publications include four books, The Perils of Protest: State Repression and Student Activism in China (University of Hawaii Press, 2001), Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China’s Reform Era (Stanford University Press, 2010), Party and State in Post-Mao China (Polity Press, 2015), and Popular Protest in China (Polity Press, forthcoming); journal articles in Comparative Politics, The Journal of International Affairs, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, The China Quarterly, China: An International Journal, Church and State, and Asian Survey; and numerous chapters in edited volumes. At present, she is editing a thirty-contributor Handbook of Dissent and Protest in China, to be published by Elgar Press in 2019.

Ming-Bao YUE received her B.A. degree in Modern Chinese Literature (Beijing University) and Chinese Studies (University of Hamburg), and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Stanford University. She teaches 20th century Chinese literary and cultural studies at the department of East Asian Languages & Literatures and has published widely on the topics of May Fourth fiction, 20th century Chinese women writers, the films of Zhang Yimou, Chinese diasporic/transnational identity and cultural formations, and Cultural Revolution memory and nostalgia. Her research interests include literary theory & history, feminism, film and media studies, and transnational/global cultural productions. More recently, her research has focused on the representations of the Chinese diaspora in contemporary literature and film. She served as the Chair of the department of East Asian Languages & Literatures from 2010-2014.. She is also the co-founder and a former co-director (1997-2002) of the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program, which is the only interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at UHM that is also co-sponsored by the EWC. Prof. Yue is fluent in Chinese, German and English, and she speaks three Chinese dialects (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Yangzhou dialect). 
Year 2 Project Language Specialist:

Cindy NING is Associate Director of the University of Hawaii’s Center for Chinese Studies, US director of its Confucius Institute, and author of the innovative textbooks Encounters: Chinese Language & Culture Books 1-4 (Yale University Press, 2011, 2012, 2015); co-published beginning in 2013 as 环球汉语by the China International Publishing Group). She teaches or has taught regular and experimental first- through fourth-year Chinese language courses, a Chinese film course, and an interdisciplinary course on China at the University of Hawai’i. She has been president and executive director of the US-based Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and president of the Chinese Language Education Association of Hawaii, as well as of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. She frequently presents or conducts workshops both nationally and internationally on standards- and task-based language education, and the combination of 21st century skills with language learning. Since 2008 she has been director and principal investigator for the STARTALK Chinese summer teacher training workshop and student camp funded by the US Department of Defense. She holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Year 2 Summer Institute Film Curator:

is Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Affiliated Faculty of Chinese Flagship at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of Minnesota. Her research interests include modern Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, literary criticism, and film theory. Her current work focuses on contemporary Chinese documentary and independent films. Her book manuscript The Anamorphosis of Realism: From Lu Xun to Independent Documentaries is currently under review with Hong Kong University Press.