Confucius Institute Welcomes New Visiting Scholars
DENG Hongfeng, from Ocean University of China, will serve as visiting scholar and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M. He received his Master’s Degree in 1982 in History. Since then, he has worked as as Associate Professor and Professor of History and Linguistics at Shandong University, and later at Ocean University of China. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1986 to 1987 and again in the department of Philosophy of Queen’s University, Canada from 2000 to 2001.
His major areas of research include European history and American history, linguistics and comparative cultural studies and translation.
MENG Gang is a visiting scholar in the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University. At Ocean University of China, he is a lecturer in the college of Literature and Journalism. MENG earned his undergraduate degree and master's degree in Literature from Shandong Normal University and doctorate in Literature from Zhejiang University.
As an associate Professor of History, MIN Ruiwu has taught Introduction to Maritime Culture, Cultural History of the world, History of Sino-West cultural exchanges, Cultural Tourism, and Study of the Cultural Heritagesat the Ocean University of China (March 2002—July 2012). From August 1997 to December 1997, MIN was a visiting scholar at Western Kentucky University, teaching Basic Chinese Language for one semester, while at the same time conducting research on modern Chinese history. From September 1993 until December 2001, MIN taught modern Chinese history in the History Department of Hebei Teachers University. MIN Ruiwu was also once an English teacher at a middle school in his hometown of Tongling City (1983 – 1990).
MIN received a Ph.D. of History at Peking University in 2001, and M.A. of History at Hebei Teachers University in 1993; as an undergraduate, he studied English at Nankai University.
MIN’s research interest is in cultural communication between China and the west. He has published several papers on the topic, such as : Study on Burlingame Mission: the first Chinese diplomatic delegation to the West in 19th century (Beijing, China Literature and History Press, 2002); Translated works: Tea that burns—Memoir of a China Town Family (Zhuhai Press, 1999); Jiayin Magazine and its Relation with New Youth Magazine (Journal of Hebei Teachers University, Vol.3, 2001); Translated article: Study of Cemeteries in Shanghai Concession [1844-1949] (Journal of Ocean University of China, Vol.5, 2008) .
MIN Ruiwu’s motto is: Love and understanding is the best way for peoples to live peacefully, and language is the bridge.
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