Li Yu

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Professor of Chinese

Hollander Hall Rm 351
At Williams since 2005


B.A. East China Normal University (1994)
M.A. Ohio State University, Chinese (1997)
Ph.D. Ohio State University, Chinese (2003)

Areas of Expertise

Chinese language pedagogy
History of Reading in Late Imperial China

Scholarship/Creative Work

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Yu, Li. in press. “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], 2011.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yu, Li. 2004. “Learning to Read in Late Imperial China.” Studies on Asia: Series II, Vol I, No. 1, pp.7-29.

Yu, Li. 2000. “Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1957-1983.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) Resource Center Publication. (Available at

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 and Conference Report

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.

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.

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.

Yu, Li. 2009. Book Review of Fundamentals of Chinese Characters, by John Jing-Hua Yin. China Review International 16.4, pp. 579-588.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Professional Affiliations

Member, Association for Asian Studies
Member, Chinese Language Teachers Association
Member, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
Book Review Editor, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association

Current Committees

  • Committee on Admission and Financial Aid (CAFA)

Previous Posts

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


虞莉, 1994年毕业于上海华东师范大学对外汉语系。2003年取得美国俄亥俄州立大学东亚语言文学系博士学位。主要研究领域为汉语教学法及中华读书文化史。曾任教于中国上海华东师范大学、美国俄亥俄州立大学、爱默蕾大学。2009年于德国海德堡大学欧亚文化传播研究所访学一年。2005年执教于威廉大学亚洲研究系至今。