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Ashley (Ying) Li, Ph.D.

Lecturer II, Chinese
Dept of Modern Languages and Literatures

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  • Biography

    Dr. Ying (Ashley) Li is a Chinese Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She earned a B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and a M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and a minor in Chinese folk culture studies from the School of Chinese Language and Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University, one of China’s leading institutions in the field of foreign language teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


    Dr. Li has more than 15 years of teaching experience working with K-16 learners and adult learners in China and the United States. In China, she worked with various Chinese language programs, such include IES Abroad, Confucius Institute Headquarters, and the Lauder Institute’s Chinese Language Immersion Program in Beijing. She also taught Chinese in the Business degree-oriented Chinese program, and in various types of language immersion programs at Beijing Foreign Studies University. In the United States, she held several administrative positions and taught heritage and non-heritage students in the Confucius Institute after-school program at UTSA from 2011 to 2014.


    Aside from her teaching responsibilities, she has taken on numerous professional and leadership roles. In 2013, she served on the organizing committee for the 15th annual Texas Foreign Language Education Conference (TexFLEC) at the University of Texas at Austin as well as for the Confucius Institute and Localization Development Symposium at UTSA. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for three UTSA student organizations: UTSA Chinese Language and Culture Club (visit us on Facebook), UTSA Alpha Sigma Rho (visit us on Facebook), and UTSA Vietnamese Student Association (visit us on Facebook). In 2015, she established UTSA Chinese Calligraphy Workshop where she regularly holds calligraphy sessions for UTSA students and the general public (visit us on Facebook).


    As an active scholar, Dr. Li has presented at the state, national, and international level, and has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in the Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America, and Research on the Development of Confucius Institute. She is a member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (USA), Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas, Chinese Historical Society of America, and American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education. Given her commitment to teaching, research, and service, she was recently featured as a “Meet a Roadrunner” on UTSA Today.

  • Recent Courses

    CHN1014 - Elementary Chinese I

    CHN1024 - Elementary Chinese II

    CHN2013 - Intermediate Chinese I

    CHN2023 - Intermediate Chinese II

    CSH1213 - Topics in World Culture: China

    CSH4003 - Colloquium: East Asian Culture

    FL4953 - Special Project: Chinese Culture

  • Research in Progress

    Language Choice and Being Asian American in Higher Education. “This Land Is Our Land”: Chinese Pluralities Through the Americas. San Francisco, CA, 2017 (forthcoming)

    Language, Culture, and Global Cultural Competence: Re-examining Chinese Textbooks for Chinese Language Learners. 2016 Annual Conference of Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas. San Antonio, TX, 2016

    Cultural Representations in Chinese Language Textbooks: Re-defining Cultural Literacy in Chinese Language Teaching. Second CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning (CLTA-S2), College Park, MD, 2016

    Lexical-Semantic Transfer and Strategies for Teaching and Learning Putonghua Vocabulary for Cantonese-speaking Learners.
Texas Language Education Research Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2016

    Cultural Representations in Chinese Literacy in the U.S. University of Alabama Language Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2016

    Culture and Folklore Approaches in Teaching Chinese to K-12 Students in the Classroom. 35th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

    Construction and Negotiation of Non-heritage Adult Chinese Learners’ Identity. The 2nd Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in the US and Canada, Portland, OR, 2013

    Negotiating & Navigating Multiple Identities: Hmong Students' Experiences in Higher Education. The 16th Hmong National Development Conference, Fresno, CA, 2013

    Diddyduz it, do u 2??? A look at language use by influential Tweeters and their followers in 2013. Binational Research Colloquium Educational Linguistics &Language Education in the 21st Century, San Antonio, Texas, 2013

    They Said Whaaaat?! Expression of Age and Identity through Social Media and Use of Non- conventional Spelling. The Texas Foreign Language Education Conference (TexFLEC), Austin, Texas, 2013

  • Recent Publications

    Book Chapters

    Li, Y. 2016. Chapter 4: Representations of Culture in Chinese language textbooks for the K-16 Chinese language learners in the U.S. Chinese Language Teaching and Learning in the United States. Beijing Language and Culture Press. Beijing, China. (forthcoming)

    Li, Y. 2007. Historical changes of Bixia Goddess Temple on Miaofengshan Mountain. 2007 International Forum Proceedings for Chinese and Japanese Graduates on Chinese Linguistic and Culture. Tokyo, Japan.

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Li, Y. 2015. History of Chinese language education and the development of textbooks in the United States. Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America.

    Zheng, C., & Li, Y. 2014. Report on Chinese teaching and learning in San Antonio, Texas USA. Research on the Development of Confucius Institute, 2(3), 84-92.

    Encyclopedia Article and Entry

    Li, Y., 2014. “Yin and Yang” in Encyclopedia of Asian American Religions Cultures, edited by Jonathan H. X. Lee [Greenwood/ABC-CLIO Press, 2014].