Chair of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and Professor of Chinese
M.A. Ohio State University, Chinese
Ph.D. Ohio State University, Chinese
Areas of Expertise
Chinese language pedagogy
History of Reading in Late Imperial China
CHIN 223 / ANTH 223 SEMEthnic Minorities in China: Past and Present (not offered 2022/23)
CHIN 422 / ASIA 122 TUTOld Shanghai, New Shanghai (not offered 2022/23)
CHIN 427 / ASIA 127 / WGSS 127 TUTSpring Grass: A Peek into Inequality in China (not offered 2022/23)
1. Yu, Li. Volume IV Editor. 2021. New Trends in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Volume IV of Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Studies, edited by Zhengdao Ye. Palgrave.
1. Walker, Galal, Li Yu, Nan Meng, Donglin Chai, Junqing Jia, Shaun Newcomer. 2019. Wu laoshi shuo tiyan: Lilun kuangjia 吴老师说体演: 理论框架 [Video Project of the Performed Culture Approach: Theoretical Concepts]. Columbus, OH: National East Asian Languages Resource Center at the Ohio State University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX8WRaDGV4Q&list=PLxrMNt4zd0aV23aFm3BFQoGQslj2N8AxF
2. Yu, Li, Donglin Chai, Nan Meng. 2020a. Zhenshi ketang zhong de tiyan wenhua: Ceshi pinggu 真实课堂中的体演文化: 测试评估 [PCA assessment at the beginning and intermediate levels]. Columbus, OH: National East Asian Languages Resource Center at the Ohio State University. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxrMNt4zd0aVBF24LLLPYku8f0YHuCjSd
3. Yu, Li, Donglin Chai, Nan Meng. 2020b. Zhenshi ketang zhong de tiyan wenhua: Chuji zhongji ketang jiaoxue jiqiao 真实课堂中的体演文化:初级、中级课堂教学技巧 [PCA basic teaching techniques at the beginning and intermediate levels]. Columbus, OH: National East Asian Languages Resource Center at the Ohio State University. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxrMNt4zd0aU9XPsJOgMG8Z2b78DlbOp2.
4. Yu, Li. 2016. Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese: 64 Basic Mandarin Chinese Words and Their Uses. Singapore: Tuttle Publishing. [This is a revised and expanded edition of an existing title.]
Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
1. Yu, Li. 2021. “Section Introduction: New Trends in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language,” in New trends in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Volume IV of The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies, edited by Zhengdao Ye. Palgrave. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6844-8_1-1
2. Yu, Li. 2021. “The Performed Culture Approach,” in New trends in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Volume IV of The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies, edited by Zhengdao Ye. Palgrave. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6844-8_7-1
3. Yu, Li. 2020. “Cong keben dao wenben: Meiguo gaoxiao yougaoji zhongwen ‘lingyu kecheng’ linian xin tansuo” [From textbook to text: An exploration into the idea of “domain course” for advanced/superior level Chinese curriculum in U.S. colleges]. Guoji hanyu jiaoyu (zhong yingwen) 2020 (4), Vol. 5: 60-72.
4. Yu, Li. 2020. “Tiyan wenhua jiaoxuefa: Yuanyuan yu hexin” [The Performed Culture Approach: Intellectual history and core concepts.” Guojia hanyu jiaoxue yanjiu. [Journal of International Chinese Teaching]. Feb., 2020, Vol. 26: 40-47.
5. Yu, Li, Galal Walker, Mari Noda, Donglin Chai, Nan Meng. 2020. The Performed Culture Approach: A humanistic way of helping learners communicate in the culture. American Journal of Chinese Studies 27 (October 2020): 139-163.
6. Yu, Li. 2020. Designing specialized domain courses at the advanced level. American Journal of Chinese Studies 27 (October 2020): 160-163.
7. Yu, Li. 2020. “Standards of Validity and Essay Grading in Early Qing Civil Service Examinations,” in Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China, edited by Ari Daniel Levine, Joachim Kurtz, and Martin Hofmann. Leiden: Brill.
8. Yu, Li. 2012. “Character Recognition: A New Method of Learning to Read in Late Imperial China.” Late Imperial China. Volume 33, Number 2, December 2012, pp. 1-39.
9. Yu, Li. 2012. “Integrating Film Narration into the Lower Intermediate Level Curriculum.” Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Volume 47, No 2, pp. 33-63.
10. Yu, Li. to appear. “Old text, New meanings: San Zi Jing Through Its Paratexts.” Paratexts and the Late Imperial Chinese Book Culture, edited by Joachim Kurtz and Rui Magone. Leiden: Brill.
11. Yu, Li. 2011 “Wenhua zai nali: Wenhua jiaoxue yu waiyu jiaocai.” Chinese version of “Where is Culture: Culture Instruction and the Foreign Language Textbook” selected to be published as featured article in the journal Guoji hanyu jiaoxue dongtai yu yanjiu [International Chinese Language Teaching and Learning].
12. Yu, Li. 2011 “An Introduction and Translation to A Suzhou Chantefable Classic from Pearl Pagoda,” in The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature edited by Victor Mair and Mark Bender. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 565-584.
13. Yu, Li. 2010. “Performance in Performed Culture: A Student’s Notes”, a bilingual version, in Performed Culture Approach, edited by Galal Walker. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications. pp. 173-85.
14. Yu, Li. 2009. “Where is Culture: Culture Instruction and the Foreign Language Textbook.” The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Vol. 44:3, pp. 73-108.
15. Yu, Li. 2008. “Exploring Learners’ Intercultural Behaviors: Applying the Performed Culture Approach in Chinese Language Pedagogy.” The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, 43:3, pp. 121-46.
16. Yu, Li. 2007. “Meiguo daxue zhongwen jiaoshi shizi peiyang moshi fenxi” [On Models of Teacher Preparation of U.S. College Chinese Language Teachers.] Shijie Hanyu Jiaoxue [Chinese Teaching in the World]. No. 1, pp. 114-23.
17. Yu, Li. 2006. “Zhongwen jiaoshi peixun xiangmu SPEAC moshi shuping” [A Desccription and Critique of a Chinese Teacher Training Program: The SPEAC Model.] Guoji hanyu jiaoxue dongtai yu yanjiu. No. 4.
18. Yu, Li. 2004. “Tiyan wenhua jiaoxuefa xuexi shouji: Performance” [On the Concept of “performance” in the Performed Culture Approach in Chinese Language Pedagogy.] Guowai hanyu jiaoxue dongtai, No. 4, 22-7.
19. Yu, Li. 2004. “Learning to Read in Late Imperial China.” Studies on Asia: Series II, Vol I, No. 1, pp.7-29.
20. Yu, Li. 2000. “Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1957-1983.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) Resource Center Publication. (Available at https://u.osu.edu/mclc/online-series/minzu/)
21. Yu, Li. 1995. “Dianying yiming chutan” [A Preliminary Analysis of the Chinese Translation of English Film Titles]. Huadong shifan daxue xuebao [Journal of East China Normal University], 1995:3.
Book Reviews, Conference Reports, and other publications
22. Yu, Li. 2020. “The Performed Culture Approach: A Bibliography.” Online publication at the National East Asian Languages Resource Center. https://nealrc.osu.edu/teacher/performed-culture-approach-reference-guide
23. Yu, Li. 2020 . Book Review of China’s Development and Dilemmas: Authentic Readings for Advanced Learners, by Chih-p’ing Chou, Yongtao Zhang, Yunjun Zhou. (Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2019). Chinese as a Second Language: The journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA.
24. Yu, Li. 2011. Featured Book Review of Chinese: Communicating in the Culture, by Galal Walker & Yong Lang (Columbus, OH: Foreign Language Publications, 2004-2007). Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. February 2011, Vol. 46:1, pp. 115-122.
25. Yu, Li. 2010. Book Review of Chinese Measure Word Dictionary: A Chinese-English English-Chinese Usage Guide, by Jiqing Fang & Michael Connelly (Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2008). Modern Language Journal. Spring 2010, Vol. 94, Issue 1, pp.15-6.
26. Yu, Li. 2010. Featured Book Review of Ma Xiaotiao, a popular Chinese series reader. The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Vol. 45:1 (2010), pp. 103-115.
27. Yu, Li. 2009. Book Review of Fundamentals of Chinese Characters, by John Jing-Hua Yin. China Review International 16.4., 2009, pp. 579-588.
28. Yu, Li. 2009. Book Review of Chinese Breeze Graded Reader Series, Level 1: 300 Word Level, edited by Yuehua Liu & Chengzhi Chu. (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007-8). The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Vol. 44, No.2, pp. 107-112.
29. Yu, Li. 2003. Book Review of King Arthasiddhi: a Mongolian Translation of “The Younger Brother Don Yod” by Marta Kiripolská (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001.) Journal of Central Asian Studies 5.2.
30. Yu, Li. 2001. “Conference Report of Beyond Peony Pavilion: Performances, Ethnicity and Cultural Processes in China.” AAS Newsletter, Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter Issue 2001. p. 19.
31. Yu, Li. 2001. Book Review of The Eternal Storyteller: Oral Literature in Modern China. Edited by Vibeke Bordahl. (Surrey: Curzon Press, 1999.) Journal of American Folklore. Volume 14, Winter 2001, No. 451. pp. 119-121.
1. Jillian Stallman, with Li Yu. (Translation completed). Chuncao (Spring Grass) by Qiu Shanshan.
2. Yu, Li, with Ruirong Gu. (Trans.) 1996. Chunlai Cao Ziqing (The Grass Grows By Itself) by Osho, Shanghai: East Publishing Center. (200 pages)
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
Research Fellowship, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows.” University of Heidelberg, Germany. October 2009-September 2010.
Winner of the national competition for Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the field of Humanities and Fine Arts for 2002-2003.
Percy Buchanan Best Graduate Paper Award for the Area of China and Inner Asia at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), 2003.
The Michio Nagai Award for Best Papers (1st place) at the Sixth Midwest Conference on Asian History and Culture, May 2002.
Presidential Fellowship for outstanding research, Graduate School, The Ohio State University, 2001-2002
Member, Association for Asian Studies
Member, Chinese Language Teachers Association
Member, Modern Language Association
Member, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
- Committee on Admission and Financial Aid (CAFA)
Director of Chinese, ALLEX Summer Teacher Training Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, Summer 2017, 2018
Chair, Department of Asian Studies, Williams College, 2015-18
Visiting Lecturer, Master Teacher and Trainer, Training Program for Teachers of Chinese and Japanese, SPEAC program, The Ohio State University, Summer 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012
Adjunct Lecturer of Chinese Language, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Emory University, 2003-2005
Lecturer of Chinese, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University, 2000-2001
Coordinator and Instructor, Chinese Individualized Instruction, Ohio State University, 1998-2000
Graduate Teaching Associate (Instructor of Chinese), East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University, 1995-2000
Instructor of Chinese, International Exchange Center, East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC, 1993-1995