Faculty and Staff
J. Scot Brackenridge
Now in his first year at the China Center, Scot joined the LIU Global faculty in 2010 as the Associate Faculty Director for the program of Comparative Religious and Culture in Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. He earned his B.A. in 1989 at Grinnell College, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis on comparative political systems and international relations in Western Europe. For the last twenty years his interests have shifted to Asian studies, leading him to travel, work, and study in Taiwan, China, Japan, India, and Nepal, among others. He received fellowships from the Taiwan Ministry of Education in 1992 and 1996, and U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowships from 2002 to 2005. Scot's graduate studies in Chinese lasted from 2002 to 2010, and included an M.A. in Chinese Literature in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Chinese Religions in 2010. His dissertation focused on the introduction of Buddhism into China, and the dynamic interaction between the practices and doctrines of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and popular religious traditions.
While pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Scot worked as a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Departments of Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Literature. He taught and assisted for courses in East Asian and South Asian religions, including Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Hinduism. He is currently preparing an article for publication in 2011 in The Journal of Chinese Religions on early Chinese Buddhism.
Professor Zhan Tianxiang first taught at the China Center in 1991, and has been affiliated with Zhejiang University since 1966, when he received his B.A. from what was then Hangzhou University. After teaching high school in the mountains for more than a decade, he returned to Hangzhou and received his M.A. in History in 1982. For eight years he was the Deputy Director of the Department of History at Hangzhou University. He has also been a visiting scholar at Indiana University and teaches courses on Chinese history and culture at Portland State University in the summers. As a senior teacher at LIU Global, Tianxiang's popular courses include a fall semester seminar on the city of Hangzhou as a text for understanding traditional Chinese culture and history, and a spring semester seminar on the legacy of Chairman Mao during the Chinese Revolution and the Cultural Revolution.
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
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 from 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
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 Art Research office as the director in Zhejiang University of Technology. Linya was hired by Long Island University China Center from October 2006 till today, with her professional teaching skills and great passion of Chinese painting, students accessed this area fast. Also she enjoys promoting intercultural communication between China and United States and disseminating traditional Chinese culture.
Maggie Chen Brackenridge
A world traveler and skillful organizer of meetings and conferences, Maggie earned her BS in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University in Madison. In 2000-2004 Maggie was the marketing manager for Fossil Watches in Taipei, Taiwan. After her marriage to Scot Brackenridge in 2003, Maggie immigrated to Madison, Wisconsin, USA, where she was the Sales Operations Coordinator for Pacific Cycle Inc. of Madison. Raised in Taiwan, Maggie speaks Taiwanese and Mandarin. Maggie brings to her position of Administrator the gifts of affability and self-assurance, as well as the indispensable skill of managing international itineraries. In 2010-2011, Maggie brought her organizational skills to LIU Global as the Administrator for the Comparative Religion and Culture program in Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey.
Zhou Yan 周彦
International Student Services, Zhejiang University, China
Zhou Yan 周彦 works for International Chinese Promotion Office in Zhejiang University. She is in charge of a wide range of international student services including application, admission, visa, Mandarin courses and etc. Along with her friendly and patient personality, she helps students to solve the problems that may encounter when starting life in Zhejiang University.
Professor Huang Jianbin first taught at the China Center in 2012. He majored in English language and literature at Sichuan University for four years since February in 1978. He has been teaching English for more than 30 years after graduation first at Chongqing Jiaotong University for 11 years, during which he took courses in applied linguistics at Chongqing University for one year, and then has been affiliated with Zhejiang University since 1993. He worked at the University of Ottawa as a visiting scholar for one year from 2004 to 2005. He worked on the Supervisory Committee of National College English for the Ministry of Education of China for 10 years and participated in the revision of College English Syllabus. He is now the director of the International Center for Chinese Culture of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Zhejiang University. He teaches English to Chinese students and Korean students and teaches Chinese students and international students in a master program for teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. His research interests include language teaching and learning, coursebook compiling, and English lexicology, and has many publications in these areas. He has also published many textbooks for Chinese learners of English at different levels, including two textbooks in English on Chinese culture. He has master and doctor candidates not only from China but also from abroad, including Australia, Britain, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. who major in English or in Chinese language teaching. His course at LIU Global is Chinese folklore, a brief introduction to Chinese customs reflected in language, festivals, art, marriage, diet, ethnic groups, superstition, totemism, etc.
Eoife Rongmin Huo
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 ennhanced 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 and to the LIU Global community.