About Us

Wenhao Diao

Wenhao Diao

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wenhao Diao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research deals with the sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of learning and teaching Mandarin Chinese. She has conducted several projects focusing on American study abroad students in China. Her work has appeared on journals such as Applied Linguistics, the Modern Language Journal, System, and so on. She has also guest co-edited a special issue themed Study Abroad in the 21st Century for the L2 Journal.

Linus Morales

Linus Morales

Graduate Assistant

Linus Morales is a Chinese Linguistics M.A. student from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Receiving his B.A. in 2018, Linus studied Chinese language, culture, and history as an Asian Studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests focus on the effects of the Internet on language change in China and the use of “nontraditional language” such as emoji and stickers in online communication.

Yi Wang

Yi Wang

Graduate Assistant

Yi Wang is a PhD Candidate majoring in Chinese Linguistics and minoring in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. Her major research interest focuses on the linkage of the macro ideological constructs with the micro-culture of language interaction in study abroad context. She is also interested in the process of additional language acquisition of multilingual individuals. Yi’s research interests reflect her own experience as language educator and program director, whose students are mostly multilingual and transnational individuals. Her current research projects intersect with fields of study abroad, multilingualism, language ideology, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology. She has publications and conference presentations in major avenues in the field of applied linguistics.

Xin He

Xin He

Graduate Assistant

Xin He is currently a third-year PhD student at University of Arizona. She does researches on the Second Language Acquisition of Chinese. She has taught CHN101 through CHN 202 at the university level for more than 3 years.

Yilan Liu

Yilan Liu

Graduate Assistant

Yilan Liu is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Studies. She enjoys teaching, and working with her colleagues and students very much. She has more than five years of experience teaching different levels of Chinese courses and English academic writing in U.S. universities. She is interested in teaching material development, second language acquisition of grammar, and corpus linguistics.