Wenyang Zhai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mandarin Chinese
On Faculty since 2016



Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2014
Dissertation: The Issue of Illegitimacy—Writing in Diaspora

M.A., English and American Literature, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China, 2007

B.A., English and International BusinessTianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China, 1999

Professional Memberships

  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • Chinese Language Teachers Association


“The Force of Illegitimacy: Ha Jin’s Individual Battle in Diaspora.” Chinese Diaspora Writers. Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press. 2015. (Book chapter forthcoming)

“Arranged Love Marriage—the Problematics of Diaspora's Indianness.” The Journal English Cultural Studies. Institute for English Cultural Studies of Dongguk University in South Korea. Vol. 3 no. 1 June 2010. pp. 205-223.

“The Problems and Solutions to Spoken English.” Journal of Tianjin Foreign Studies University. June 2003. pp. 81-85


The First CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning 2014, Bloomington, IN. Presentation: How to Create a New Genre of Film Course to Facilitate Language Teaching, 2014

Crossroads Conference 2012, Amherst, MA. Presentation: The Illegitimacy at a Crossroad: Ha Jin’s Diasporic Navigation, 2012

American Comparative Literature Association 2010, New Orleans, LA, Presentation: The Deformed Specificity—Ha Jin’s Representation of Chinese, 2010

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