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Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute

Kansas State University
Wildcat Landing, Suite 205
1800 Claflin Rd
Manhattan KS, 66502

Office: 785-532-3680

Fax: 785-532-3686

Assoc. Director Shijun Yan: 785-532-3682



Max Lu

Interim Director of Confucius Institute, Professor of Geographymaxlu@k-state.edu



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Max Lu was born in China and came to the United States in 1990.  After earning his doctorate in geography from Indiana University in 1996, he joined Kansas State University.  He is a professor of geography and his research interests lie in the fields of population geography and regional development. Much of his scholarly work has concerned household migration decision-making and residential consequences of migration.  He has also analyzed changes in China’s spatial development patterns as the country moves toward industrialization and modernization.  Lu’s research has appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Environment and Planning A, Growth and Change, Population and Environment, Geografiska Annaler B, Global Environmental Change, International Journal of Population Geography, Geographical Review, and Journal of Geography.  His is a co-editor of the book “Changing China: A Geographic Appraisal,” published by Westview Press in 2004.   Lu teaches several courses at K-State, including world regional geography, geography of China/East Asia, population geography and spatial data analysis.

Shijun Yan
Associate director of Confucius Institute



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Shijun Yan got his Bachelor Degree in Medicine from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences in 1997 and his Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Jilin University in 2005. He worked for 10 years at the teaching affairs office, 6 years at the international student office and 3 years at the student affairs office as a school administrator at Jilin University before coming to K-State Confucius Institute. He developed several programs related to international cooperation and international student education at the Jilin University, provincal and national association levels. He enjoys Making friends and doing things that promote inter-cultural understanding.

Rong ShaoChinese Language Instructorshaorong@ksu.edu



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Rong Shao taught English for 15 years at Jilin University in China after graduating from Northeast Normal University in 2000. Among more than 400 of her students, many have moved on to successful careers and become doctors, scientists, or other types of professionals. While working on her Master’s thesis in 2007, she became keenly interested in literature translation, and has translated some English books into Chinese, which were published in China. Since arriving at K-state in the fall of 2015 she has enjoyed teaching the Chinese language at different levels to students of different ages and backgrounds.


Junye LiuAdministrative Specialist 



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Junye (June) Liu joined the Confucius Institute in March 2016.  She received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature in China and then went on to get a Master’s degree in International Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015.  Her graduate study at UNC focused on curriculum development, program evaluation, and collaboration among schools, families, and communities in the perspectives of Comparative Education and Early Childhood Education. She worked as a volunteer interpreter for the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children for two years while an undergraduate student and as a graduate student, she volunteered at local public elementary schools and worked with families with autistic children.