Join us for a virtual celebration of the publication of “传承中文 Modern Chinese for Heritage Beginners: Stories about Us.” Hear from the authors Yan Liu (Duke University), Jingjing Ji (Northwestern University), Grace Wu (University of Pennsylvania), and Min-Min Liang (MIT).

Book celebration
Monday, October 2, 2023

4:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Zoom meeting. Registration required: REGISTER

传承中文 Modern Chinese for Heritage Beginners: Stories about Us was published by Routledge in April 2023. The book aims to serve as a stepping-stone for Chinese heritage language learners’ future Chinese learning, inspiring them to reflect on their identities, learn Chinese American history, and embrace their cultural heritage.

The book’s co-authors will address what informed their approach to writing a textbook for heritage language learners, and how these approaches are applicable to other heritage language learners — not just Chinese heritage language learners.

Speakers / Co-authors

Yan Liu is Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of the Chinese Program at Duke University. Her recent research focuses on Chinese language pedagogies and interdisciplinary curriculum development. Currently, she serves as a board member of CLTA (2022–2025) and co-chairs two CLTA SIG groups: Content-based Chinese Language Courses at Advanced Levels and Chinese Heritage Language Learning.

Jingjing Ji is Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, she worked at Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia. She also worked at intensive summer programs such as Middlebury College summer school. Her publications on Chinese heritage language education have appeared in various peer-reviewed academic journals.

Grace Wu is Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been in charge of the heritage track of Chinese courses at Penn since 1994. She published a series of Chinese Biographies with Cheng and Tsui and is Chair of the ACTFL Heritage Language SIG (2022–2024).

Min-Min Liang is Lecturer in Chinese at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has developed three Chinese learning websites: Teaching Chinese WritingChinese Contemporary Writers, and Puzzles for Reading and Writing, and co-authored a Chinese textbook titled Modern Readers with Performance-based Tasks and an online reader, iChineseReader. She is Vice Chair of the ACTFL Heritage Languages SIG (2022–2024).