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Faculty and Staff

Difei Vivian Hu

Difei joined the China Center in August 2013 with her interdisciplinary background and extensive professional experience in global development issues. She specializes in Program Evaluation, Survey Research, Gender and Economic Statistics. Prior to joining LIU Global, Difei worked as a consultant to provide training and technical services in the fields of program evaluation, gender and sustainable development. Her clients were mainly international organizations e.g. GIZ, UN Women and UNDP. Her previous career experience also includes working for the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and Human Development Report Office of UNDP, as well as Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences. Her field experience includes South Asia and Africa, where she was a short-term consultant for UNDP Cambodia, UNDP Regional Center of Asia and Pacific in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Millennium Village Project in Sauri, Kenya.

Difei received her B.A. and M. A. from Zhejiang University and also has a MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, with a concentration in Economic and Political Development.

Liu Wei

Professor Liu Wei began serving the China Center in 1996 as a regular guest speaker, and in 1997 he became a formal staff member and faculty advisor. Since then he has taught an Area Studies course on contemporary Chinese history and politics and several seminars on Chinese foreign relations. Currently, Liu Wei serves as a senior teacher as well as a faculty advisor and the program coordinator for the students interested in Peace and Reconciliation in China.

Professor Liu served in the Red Army during the Cultural Revolution, ending his military career as a staff sergeant in 1976. After working as the private secretary to the Provincial Minister, he entered university on an ex-serviceman's pension in 1978, where he majored in Chinese history with French as his second concentration. After seven years of graduate study and extensive research on eighteenth-century English political history at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Liu completed a PhD in History from Nanjing University in 1989. Soon thereafter, he began teaching as a lecturer of political science at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at Zhejiang University. He then returned to the University of Edinburgh and completed his postdoctoral research on the history of late eighteenth-century Sino-British relations in 1992, before assuming the position of associate professor the following year at Zhejiang University, where he continues to teach world political history in the Department of Global Studies. Professor Liu also continues to supplement his academic career with an intriguing vocation in television. For seven years beginning in 1994, he worked for China Central Television as a part-time host of a literary review program and he currently hosts a program about local popular culture in Hangzhou on Zhejiang Provincial Television.

Minglei 明磊
Faculty of Chinese Martial Arts

Minglei has been the martial arts teacher at the China Center since 2007, and his class attracts students to join in not only the movements but the ideas of Taoism. As a coach, Minglei teaches Chinese Martial Arts such as Xingyi Boxing and Chen Style tai chi which he started teaching in 1990. His Kungfu career can be dated back to 1970 when began to practice Shaolin Kungfu, and in the next two decades, he won the tai chi championship of Hangzhou , became a member of the Hangzhou Chinese Martial Arts Association and was approved as a Grade-Three Chinese Martial Arts coach. In 2005, he was accepted to be a member of China Huaxia Tai Chi Masters Association and achieved the certification of Tai Chi Master in 2007. Minglei is equally adept at the philosophical and psychological aspects of Chinese Martial Arts, and the application of those ideas to everyday life. He teaches a course called Creative Thinking at Zhejiang University City College, and in 2008 he was certified as a psychological consultant by the LSSETC (Ministry of Labor and Social Security Education Training Center) and IIAA (International Information Authentication Association). He is currently writing a book about creative thinking to be published in 2012.

Bao Linya 包 玲 亚
Faculty of Chinese painting and calligraphy

Faculty of Chinese painting and calligraphy As a Chinese painting and calligraphy teacher, Bao Linya began her exploration in this field from her entrance of Zhejiang Normal University in 1988 and she achieved the highest score of her graduation project. Then she got further trained one year in China Academy of Arts and earned her MFA in Zhejiang University in 2002. During this period, she was guided by well-known professors, Chen Zhenlian and Liao kebing who helped enhance her theoretical knowledge of arts. In 2003, Linya began to work for the Art Research office as the director in Zhejiang University of Technology. Linya was hired by Long Island University China Center in October 2006. Her professional teaching skills and great passion for Chinese painting are admired by students. She also enjoys promoting intercultural communication between China and the United States and disseminating traditional Chinese culture.

Zhou Yan 周彦
International Student Services, Zhejiang University

Zhou Yan 周彦 works for the International Chinese Promotion Office in Zhejiang University. She is in charge of a wide range of international student services including applications, admissions, visas, Mandarin courses, etc. With her friendly and patient personality, she helps students solve problems they may encounter when starting life in Zhejiang University..

Eoife Rongmin Huo
Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the spring city, Jinan, Shandong province, Eoife is endowed with an optimistic attitude and free spirit. She was recommended for admission to Zhejiang University in 2008 and earned her B.A. in English with a focus on cross-cultural communication in 2012. She has actively participated in various intercultural affairs throughout her college career. She also spent one semester as an exchange student at Copenhagen University in Denmark. Her travels through Europe enhanced her spirit of sharing and independence, broadened her horizons and further triggered her interest in cultural diversity. Later she carried out a two-year internship at the International Relations Office of Zhejiang University. Based on her various foreign exchange experiences she was awarded the title of Student Ambassador of Foreign Exchange by the Undergraduate School of Zhejiang University in 2011. Eoife is devoted to bringing her language skills, interpersonal talents, and spirit of teamwork to the LIU Global community.

Cherry Wang
Administrator & Mandarin Tutor

Wang Qin, known to her foreign friends as Cherry, has been working part-time with China Center since January 2014 as administrator and Mandarin Chinese tutor. Cherry was born in Sichuan Province, and grew up in Xi’an, the old capital of many dynasties in Shaanxi Province. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Linguistics and Literature Education from the Normal University of Shaanxi in 1997 and received her Master’s degree in education from the same university. She has been teaching Chinese as a second language at Zhejiang University since spring semester 2004, and has taught courses in intensive reading, listening and speaking. She is a patient and passionate teacher and has an excellent relationship with the students. In addition to the role as administrator, Cherry also holds the exclusive weekly Mandarin tutoring hours for LIU Global students.