Friday, September 5, 2014

A New Chinese Scholar on Campus

Yang Qi is the new visiting Chinese scholar on the Vol State campus. She joins us for the school year as part of the Confucius Institute program at MTSU. The Confucius Institute is an international Chinese project to share faculty with colleges and university across the globe. You may remember that Jun Zhao taught on campus last year as part of the ongoing program.

“There is a cultural communication,” she said. “We want to let people know about the Chinese culture and the tradition of the Chinese culture and learn something from the American culture.”

Her first name is Qi, as is traditional in China, where first names come last. You pronounce it “chee”. She is from Jiangnan University in the city of Wuxi near Shanghai. Qi earned a graduate degree in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Newcastle on Tyne. She teaches English in China.

This is not her first visit to the United States. From 2010 to 2012 she taught Chinese in New Mexico. She will also be doing so here at Vol State. In fact, she arrived on campus just over a week ago to immediately start a Chinese class for new and intermediate students. She says it has been tough arriving in the United States and starting to teach at the same time. The trip from China takes more than 24 hours. “I feel sleepy during the day because of jet lag,” she said.

Qi is clearly excited about the possibilities here on campus. She plans on teaching classes in Chinese culture later in the school year, with an emphasis on food culture and religion.

“This is a global word. Young people move about. They need something cross-culture to enlarge their horizon. This will also make students more employable. There is a lot of trade between our countries.”

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