Each Student Gets a Chinese Name: A Spring 2017 Souvenir

Like before, each student in my Spring 2017 classes gets a Chinese name as a souvenir. Students must be able to write and read their Chinese names to earn some extra credit. I encourage students to use their Chinese names whenever they can. Students enjoy this activity. Some posted their Chinese names on Facebook. Some even turned their lovely Chinese names into beautiful tattoos. Continue reading


Each student gets a Chinese name for Fall 2016

Each student gets a Chinese name. This is what I have been doing since I came to teach at Western Illinois University in 2011. Fall 2016 is not an exception. Continue reading

I create Chinese names for my American students

Many American citizens are well known for lack of interest and knowledge about foreign countries and cultures. They are paying a huge price for that ignorance. In an increasingly globalized and inter-connected world, that price would be higher and higher.

Since I began teaching at Western Illinois University, I understand that as a foreign professor, I have both the expertise and obligation to familiarize my students with global issues in mass communications. Mass communication professionals (e.g. reporters, editors, public relations officers) won’t be competent communicators if they don’t have basic sensitivity to foreign cultures. Continue reading