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Confucius Institute

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

Office: 785-532-3680       Fax: 785-532-3686

 

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Current Staff

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
shijunyan@ksu.edu

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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.


 

Licheng Liu 

Researcher and Teacher at the Confucius Institute   licliu@ksu.edu

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Licheng Liu obtained his PhD in Chinese Language and Literature at Jilin University in 2008 and became faculty member in the College of International Language teaching  Chinese as a second language. In 2011-2012, Dr. Liu taught Chinese at Korea University in South Korea. In 2016 he joined the Confucius Institute at K-StateHis research area is Mandarin grammar and foreign language teaching and acquisition. He has written a book and published multiple articles on Mandarin grammar and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 

Yuqing Jiang

Teacher at the Confucius Institute 

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Yuqing Jiang is a graduate student at Jilin University studying Translation and Interpreting. She has participated in conferences and interned for foreign experts as an interpreter. During school she has worked part-time as an English tutor for four years with students of various ages. She is also knowledgeable about Chinese folk dance and can both teach and perform folk dancing. She participated in a summer program to work at the Pacific Park in LA in 2013 and is extremely interested in the differences between Chinese and American culture. In 2017 She decided to join the Confucius Institute to promote Chinese culture in the U.S.

Man Ma

Teacher at the Confucius Institute 

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Man Ma taught Chinese for 2 years with the Confucius Institute Headquarters Hanban as a volunteer Chinese teacher in Mongolia and gained the Award of Excellence on receiving her bachelors degree in Japanese Language and Literature from Harbin Normal University in 2013After returning to China in 2016, she was admitted to the masters program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of other Languages at Jilin University with the highest score on record. She is optimistic, versatile, curious about new things, and always interested in participating in different activitiesAfter becoming a graduate school student, she began working as an administrative assistant in Jilin University’s TV station, became a minister of the Research Department in a youth league committee, and began working as an editor and journalist of Jilin University’s graduate students’ newspaper. As a first-year graduate school student, she was selected by Hanban to be a volunteer Chinese teacher at the K-State Confucius Institute in 2017. Throughout her almost 3 years of experience in teaching Chinese to foreigners, she has enjoyed teaching many students of various ages, backgrounds, and levels of Chinese proficiency. 

Yiying Fu

Teacher at the Confucius Institute 

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Yiying Fu joined the K-State Confucius Institute in August 2017. She majored in English and American literature as an undergraduate student in Shaanxi Normal University, passed the TEM-8 test for English majors, and received her graduation certificate in 2016. Her graduate studies at Shaanxi Normal University focused on the art of humor in prominent American and British novels. During that time, she worked as a tutor teaching English and Chinese and gained much experience in teaching and working with students. She also took part in volunteer projects such as helping students struggling in school. Now she is a graduate student majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Jilin University. Her goal is to educate more students about Chinese culture.

Jessica Shields

Administrative Assistant at the Confucius Institute 

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Jessica Shields began working at the Confucius Institute in January 2017. As an undergraduate, she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and International and Area Studies with a minor in Chinese. In 2015, Jessica studied Chinese Language at Hunan University in Changsha, Hunan for one year and passed the HSK 4 Chinese proficiency exam. Jessica graduated from Kansas State University in December of 2017 and will attend the University of Missouri to get her msaster’s degree in Speech and Languagae Pathology in the summer of 2018. Jessica enjoys teaching English and bridging the cultural gap between Chinese and Americans. In the future, she plans to work as a speech pathologist serving Chinese immigrant populations in the United States.