Dr. Sijia Yao

Assistant Professor of Practice of Chinese Modern Languages & Literatures

Sijia Yao, Assistant Professor of Practice (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University, 2016) has taught various levels of Chinese language and literature courses. Her dissertation is entitled “Twentieth-Century Ideas of Love in D. H. Lawrence and Zhang Ailing.” Her scholarly interest ranges from teaching Chinese as a foreign language and distance Chinese education, to Chinese literature and film studies.


  • “Beginning Chinese as a Foreign Language Online Course Design: Utilizing Multiple Digital Modes and Assessments.” Book chapter in Handbook of Research on Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age. ed. Penny Wang and Lisa Winstead. IGI Global, July 2016. 104-142. (Co-authored with Bailu Li and Wei Hong)
  • “Assessing Student Performance of On-line Elementary Chinese—Challenges and Solutions.” In 国际汉语教学与中华文化 The Collection of Essays in the 13th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy. Hohhot: Inner Mongolia University Press, June 2015. 201-206. (Co-authored with Wei Hong)
  • “Ziwei.” Lights and Shadows: Art and Literary Magazine. Apr. 2010: 116-117.
    “Father in His Old Age (translation).” Lights and Shadows. 2010: 96.
    “Mother: That Era (translation).” Lights and Shadows. 2010: 32.

Courses Taught

Chinese Language, Culture, and Literature at Purdue University, 2012-2015

  • CHNS 101 / “Elementary Chinese I” (Instructor)
  • Distance CHNS 101 / “Elementary Chinese I” (Instructor)
  • CHNS 102 / “Elementary Chinese II” (Instructor)
  • CHNS 201 / “Intermediate Chinese” (Instructor)
  • CMPL 267 World Literature: From 1700 A.D. to the Present (Instructor)
  • CHNS 280 Topics in Chinese civilization and culture (TA)
  • CHNS 241 Introduction to the Study of Chinese Literature (TA)
  • CHNS 490 Introduction to Chinese Films (TA)

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Developing Hanzi Writing in Online Courses: Initiatives and Challenges.” 2015 The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Nov. 2015, San Diego, CA.
  • “Inside Out: From the Public Service to the Private Intimacy in Post-Socialist Chinese Cinema.” The 2015 Film & History Conference, Nov. 2015, Madison, WI.
  • “Modern Chinese Literature and Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing).” 2015 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Mar. 2015, Seattle, WA.
  • Lead Presenter “On-line Beginning Chinese—Development and Assessment.” 2014 The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Nov. 2014, San Antonio, TX.
  • “To Integrate Chinese Language and Culture in Classroom.” Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) International Symposium, Oct. 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • “Native Speaker: A Journey of Seeking the American Identity.” 2013 Reception Study Society (RSS), Sept. 2013, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
  • “Gender, Sexuality, and Socio-political Context in Corregidora and The Woman Warrior.” at The 13th Graduate Symposium, Mar. 2013, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Recent Administrative and Community Service

  • Senator of Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG), Purdue University. 2015-2016
  • Member of Recruitment Committee at School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University. 2014-2015
  • Social Secretary of Comparative Literature Program, Purdue University. 2014-2015
  • MC/ host (level 3-4 and heritage) of the 13th China Bridge Speech Contest US Midwest Region, Purdue University. Apr., 2014
  • CLTA International Symposium volunteer, Bloomington, IN, Oct. 2014

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Professional Affiliations

  • Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
  • Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA)
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi