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Dr. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

Executive Director

Dr. Lee is Professor of History and Co-director of the B.A. program in ‎Global Asia Studies. He earned his BA (Hons), MA and PhD from the University of ‎London. Since joining the Pace University faculty in 2001, he has developed and taught a ‎number of new courses including “Nonviolent Activism in Modern Asia,” “Wars in the ‎Asia-Pacific,” “Hong Kong and Bollywood Cinemas,” and “Confucian Capitalism and ‎Finance in China.” He has published widely on the history of Sino-Western cultural ‎interactions and his recent work includes co-editing the volumes: China’s Rise to Power (New York: 2012) and ‎Marginalization in China (New York: 2009). ‎

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Dr. Wenqin Wang

Chinese Director

Dr. Wang is a professor of English linguistics and applied linguistics. She earned her BA from Lanzhou University, ‎and PhD from Nanjing Normal University. She has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Nanjing ‎Normal University in China for over thirty years. In addition, she has published widely in the field of language ‎teaching and learning, cross cultural communication, discourse analysis, and EFL textbook analysis, particularly ‎from a cultural perspective. She has edited a couple of textbooks on EFL available in China. ‎‎


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Qiqi Wang

Program Manager

Mr. Wang holds an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of International Relations in Beijing.  He has more than ten years of experience managing international exchange programs beginning at Penn GSE (Graduate School of Education) International and then at the Office of International Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, coordinating various culture exchange and training programs at the high school, college, graduate and executive levels.  Mr. Wang is an avid swimmer, and loves the arts, jazz and classical music.


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Ansel Lurio

Program Coordinator

An MA in History Museum Studies, with a BA from Columbia University, Mr. Lurio is an expert in designing educational programming for those with special needs and has more than seven years of experience working at non-profit organizations in various educational, administrative, and front-line roles.  In addition to coordinating our cultural events and other programming, Mr. Lurio is our English language editor for all printed and digital materials, social media and technology guru, and office manager.


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Dr. Juan Yang

Chinese Teacher

Testing Coordinator

A PhD in applied linguistics, Dr. Yang has more than ten years of language teaching experience both in China and in the US, where she has edited three textbooks, including the Phoenix Chinese App.  At the Pace CI, in addition to teaching, she is responsible for testing (HSK, HSKK, BCT, and YCT), textbook editing, and scholarships.

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Prof. Hua "Cindy" Wei

Chinese Teacher

Wei, a Chinese teacher from Shanghai, China, has taught English at East China Normal University ‎for over two decades. She obtained her master’s degree from Wuhan University in English ‎Language and Literature in 2001. Her fields of interest include British and American Literature ‎and cross-cultural research. She especially loves English and Chinese poetry and would like to ‎meet more poetry lovers at Pace CI. She believes that language learning and cultural ‎exploration should go hand in hand in the process of learning Chinese. ‎

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Prof. Chang Liu

Chinese Teacher

Liu, a Chinese teacher from Sun-yat sen university in Guangzhou, China she has been teaching for more than 5 years, specializing in teaching business Chinese.  Her fields of interest include pronunciation correction and cross-cultural research. She has also studied  Chinese dance and calligraphy.

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Yougui "Josh" Qu

Graduate Assistant

Studying for an MS at Lubin Business School, he is responsible for Chinese Corner and ‎helping teachers with courses and cultural events. As director for last year’s Chinese New Year ‎Gala, he cooperated with the CI to make the event a success. Josh is passionate about Chinese ‎culture, especially the theatre, and wants to share this passion with others. He is very enthusiastic ‎and happy to help others. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him.‎

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Shuang "Sunny" Cheng

Graduate Assistant

Cheng, a first year graduate student, majoring in accounting, is from Tianjin, China. She graduated from Nankai University for her bachelor’s degree, and is happy and excited to be a graduate assistant at the Confucius Institute at Pace University. So far, she loves this job very much and hopes she can help more people who are interested in Chinese culture and language.