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China Program

Faculty and Staff

Dale Albanese (Europe Center and China Center, Faculty, Advisor, and Program Administrator)

(PhD in Education (educational psychology) and MA in Development Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, BA (Summa Cum Laude) in English Literature, International Studies (majors), Linguistics (minor), East Asian Studies, and TEFL (certificates) from Ohio University, USA). Professor of Foundations of Global Studies: Culture in the Fall Semester and Topics in Chinese Society and Change and Junior Research Seminar in the Spring Semester, as well as academic advisor for student research throughout the year. In both research and practice, Dale explores ways to facilitate experiential and transformative learning, personal growth, and interpersonal understanding within multicultural contexts, primarily through designing and overseeing study abroad experiences, collaborating on international research projects, and supporting creation and maintenance of diverse contexts for multicultural engagement. Formative study abroad experiences in China during undergraduate studies oriented him abroad, where he landed as a Fulbright grantee in Taiwan in 2007. His work and learning is guided by pursuit of a world where understanding and celebration of difference and provision of mutual support allow for fulfilling and creative lives of dignity amongst all humans.

Difei "Vivian" Hu (Director)

(M.P.A., Columbia University; M.A. and B.A., Zhejiang University). Vivian joined the China Center in August 2013 and has an extensive academic and professional background in issues of global development. She specializes in program evaluation, survey research, gender, and economic statistics. Prior to joining LIU Global, Vivian 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, including GIZ, UN Women, and UNDP. She has also previously worked for the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and Human Development Report Office of UNDP, as well as the Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences. She has field experience in South Asia and Africa, including working as a short-term consultant for UNDP in Cambodia, the UNDP Regional Center of Asia and Pacific in Sri Lanka, and the Millennium Village Project in Kenya. Difei received her B.A. and M.A. from Zhejiang University and also has an M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, with a concentration in Economic and Political Development.

Wang "Adel" Jing (Adjunct Faculty)

(Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University; B.A., Zhejiang University). Adel is an art anthropologist and sound event organizer. Born in Lanzhou, trained in performance studies, Adel gets her Ph.D. from the School of Interdisciplinary Art at Ohio University. Now she is an associate professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. Her book Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice (Zhejiang University Press, 2015) explores the concepts of freedom, affect and sound through anthropological research on China’s sound culture. She is published in academic journals including Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, International Review of Qualitative Research. Her current research focuses on sound studies, sensory studies, performance studies, and anthropological methods. She is an active organizer of sound events and talks and has organized more than 20 sound events in the city of Hangzhou from 2013 to 2015. From 2013 to 2014, she served as the academic curator of the monthly year–long series “Savaka: Asia Experimental Music Currents” at Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai. In January 2015, she founded The Sound Lab at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. More about her work and publications can be found on her personal website:

Minglei 明磊 (Instructor in Chinese Martial Arts)

Minglei has been the martial arts teacher at the China Center since 2007. His class teaches not only the movements of Tai Chi, but also the Taoist philosophy behind them. As a coach, Minglei teaches Chinese Martial Arts such as Xingyi Boxing and Chen Style tai chi, which he has been teaching since 1990. He has been practicing martial arts since he was a young child and began his Kungfu career in 1970 when he began practicing Shaolin Kungfu. In the following two decades, he won the Tai Chi Championship of Hangzhou, became a member of the Hangzhou Chinese Martial Arts Association, and became certified 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 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.

Liu Wei (Adjunct Faculty)

(Ph.D. in History, Nanjing University). 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 faculty advisor and 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 and minored in French. After seven years of graduate study and extensive research on 18th-century English political history at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Liu completed his Ph.D. 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 18th-century Sino-British relations in 1992. He then assumed 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.