Chinese Program Faculty
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Chinese
Olin Hall 333
Professor He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Whitman College in 2008, she had taught at Peking University, Vassar College, and the University of Tennessee, where she also served as the Chinese Program Coordinator. Her expertise is in modern and contemporary Chinese culture (literature, cinema, spoken drama, and Chinese cultural diaspora), comparative literature, genre studies, eco-criticism, critical theory, language philosophy, sociolinguistics, and language pedagogy. Professor He has written on Chinese eco-cinema, Sino-Soviet cultural connections, reception aesthetics, 20th century Chinese cultural reconstructions, Chinese intellectual mainstream, and avant-gardism. She is currently completing a book project that explores representations of the natural landscape in Chinese public culture.
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Chinese
Olin Hall 337
Professor Qiulei Hu specializes in early medieval Chinese poetry, with a particular focus on gender issues and the tradition of male writing in the feminine voice. Her dissertation, “Gender and Voice in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry,” discusses how poetic expressions about women and female gender markers were established and stabilized in the period from 3rd to 6th century. Born and raised in China, Professor Hu has been fascinated with classical Chinese literature and culture since her childhood. After getting both her B.A. and M.A. from the department of Chinese language and literature at Peking University, she came to Harvard University to pursue her doctoral degree in Chinese poetry, which she received in May, 2011. Professor Hu has a broad range of scholarly and teaching interests. In additional to her specialty, she also studies and teaches in fields such as Chinese language, traditional Chinese fiction, late imperial literature, women’s literature, as well as East Asian civilizations. She is currently working on a journal article on the Classic of Poetry, the earliest poetry collection in Chinese history.
Adjunct Instructor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Chinese
Olin Hall 331
Wencui Zhao received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Peking University in Beijing, China, and her M.A. in English Literature from Yunnan University in Kunming. She has taught all levels of English language courses to undergraduate students at Yunnan University over the course of more than seventeen years there. She then served as the Chinese Native Speaker at Whitman for the 2001-2002 academic year, and as a sabbatical replacement in the 2003-2004 academic year. She has been an adjunct instructor at Whitman since 2007, and has taught all levels of Chinese language courses. Wencui has additionally been involved in the Whitman in China Program, as well as the Whitman Summer Studies in China Program since it first launched in the summer of 2001.
Language Assistant 2013-2014
Language Learning Center, Olin 316
Juan holds a bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from Yunnan University, and is studying for her master's degree in translation and interpretation from the same university. She has been teaching in the English department of Yunnan since 2003, and has published chapters in books including the Zhaotong Travel Guide, and College English - From Practice to Proficiency. Juan is fascinated by American culture, and notes a special fondness for American museums, the 4th of July holiday, and Reader's Digest magazine.