Gang Liu-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Gang Liu

Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies

Address:
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 160
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: BH 139A
Phone: (412) 268-6014
Fax: (412) 268-1328
Department Member Since: 2010

Bio

As a teaching professor of Chinese, I have developed well-rounded teaching skills that enable me to teach various levels of Chinese language as well as a wide range of courses on Chinese literature and culture. Before I joined the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, I taught Chinese language classes at Beijing Language & Culture University and the University of Michigan. I also offered a variety of content courses on Chinese literature and culture, such as "Traditional Chinese Thought and Literature through Comic Books and Animation", "Great Books of China,” and “Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures.” when I was pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan.

My research interests include classical Chinese poetry, poetics, and literati miscellanies (note-form literature or biji). In addition, I also develop strong interests in Chinese language teaching, Comparative Literature, East Asian and Chinese culture, traditional and modern Chinese fiction, and early Chinese thought and intellectual history. My Ph.D. dissertation, titled "The Poetics of Miscellaneousness: The Literary Design of Liu Yiqing's Qiantang yishi and the Historiography of the Southern Song," is an interdisciplinary study of the literary accomplishment, the historical, cultural and intellectual contexts of a medieval Chinese literati miscellany written/compiled by Liu Yiqing, who was a Song (960-1279) loyalist living in the late 13th-early 14th centuries.

My next research project will be closely related to my dissertation research. I will expand my current examination of Liu Yiqing's text to a full-scale study of major literati miscellanies written by other Song loyalists living in the 13th-14th centuries. In addition to providing a comprehensive study of the loyalist literature of the time, this expanded research will look into the specific historical, intellectual and cultural reasons that drove those literati to choose to express their historical and literary vision of the past in the form of literati miscellany. A main purpose of this expanded research is to address and answer the key question that I have raised in my dissertation regarding the study of literati miscellanies, namely, can we find an effective approach that will help us understand and appreciate the special literariness of the genre, without losing sight of the particular poetics inherent in the composition of each individual work?

Education

Ph. D., University of Michigan, 2010

Selected Works

Journal articles:

  • Liu, G. “The ‘Loss’ of Purity: Changes and Persistence in the Cultural Memory of the Cold Spring Pavilion.” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. 8.2 (2014): 205 –224.  
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. “A Concept-Based Instructional Design: Introducing Chinese Color Terms and Their Metaphorical Meanings at the Elementary Level.” Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching (SCLT). 1.1 (2015): 40-59.
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. “Integrating Language and Culture: Content-based Instruction through Digital Storytelling for Advanced Chinese Learners.” Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching (JTCLT) 5.2 (2014): 19-35.
  • Zhang, Hongsheng, Liu, G. trans. “Consciousness of Adversity and the Spirit of Innovation: Jiang Kui’s ‘Poems on Past Travels’ and the Urban Culture of Hangzhou in the Southern Song,” in Joseph Lam, et al. Senses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127-1279 (forthcoming), Chapter 5.
  • Liu, G. & Meng, W. “Integrating Language and Content: A Case Study of An Advanced Business Chinese Class on China’s Recent Currency Rise”  in Meiru Liu, et al, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Business Chinese Teaching, Textbook Research & Development, and Business Cross-Cultural Communication (Forthcoming).
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. “Digital Story Telling: Enhancing Technology Literacy in Advanced Chinese Courses for College Students.” in Jun Da, et al, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching (2014):113-118.

Conference presentations

  • “Integrating Cultural Content in Language Training: Storytelling and Content-based Instruction in Advanced Chinese Classes,” 13th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese, New York, May 2, 2015.
  • “Classical Chinese Poetry and its Pedagogical Implications in CFL Learning: A Content-Based Approach,” 2015 Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA, April 12, 2015.
  • “Integrating Language and Content: A Case Study of An Advanced Business Chinese Class on China’s Recent Currency Rise,”  Co-presented with Wei Meng at the First International Conference on Business Chinese Teaching, Textbook Research & Development, and Business Cross-Cultural Communication, Portland, OR, November 15-16, 2014.
  • “Digital Story Telling: Enhancing Technology Literacy in Advanced Chinese Courses for College Students,” co-presented with Haixia Wang at the 8th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century (TCLT8), Boston, MA, June 6-8, 2014.
  • “Learning Chinese through Storytelling: The White Snake Story and Its Pedagogical Implications in Content-based Instruction,” 2014 Inaugural Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA, May 4, 2014.
  • “Teaching Classical Chinese Poetry in Advanced Chinese Language Class: Pedagogical Tools, Methods, and Strategies,” Princeton University East Asian Studies 22nd International Conference on Chinese Language Instruction, Princeton, NJ, April 26, 2014.
  • “Cultivating Cultural Analysis Ability through Content-based Instruction and Assessment: Traditional Chinese Thought and Literature through Comic Books and Animation,” 2013 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo (ACTFL), Orlando, FL, November 21-24, 2013.
  • “The Loss of Purity: Cold Spring Pavilion and the Shifting Cultural Perception of Hangzhou,” 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 21-24, 2013.

Courses Taught

  • 82-131 Elementary Chinese I
  • 82-132 Elementary Chinese II
  • 82-331 Advanced Chinese I: Reading into a New China
  • 82-332 Advanced Chinese II: Reading into a New China
  • 82-337 Tell Us a Story: Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication
  • 82-434 Traditional Chinese Thoughts and Literature through Comic Books and Animation
  • 82-440 Into the World of the Anomalies: Chinese Ghost Literature and Culture
  • 82-531 Visions of China: Modern Chinese Society and Culture through Documentary Films and New Media