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University of Oregon Confucius Institute Staff


Yugen Wang, Ph.D., Executive Director

Yugen Wang is an associate professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Oregon. He has his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His primary teaching and research area is classical Chinese poetry and poetics, with a special interest in the emotionality and materiality of reading and writing in the transformational period from the Tang Dynasty to the Song Dynasty.  He is the author of Ten Thousand Scrolls: Reading and Writing in the Poetics of Huang Tingjian and the Late Northern Song, and is currently working on his second book, tentatively titled Presence: Nature and the Realistic Transformation of Classical Poetry in Middle Period China.

Maoqing Chen, Ph.D., Courtesy Co-Director

Maoqinq Chen earned his graduate diploma in English language teaching at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in May 1999, M. A. in Australian literature in November 1999 and Ph. D. in comparative drama in July 2006 at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. As Professor of English and Drama, he has taught at ECNU many courses, including “Shakespeare Studies” and “Comparative Studies in Eastern and Western Theatres”. He has published the monograph Dream in Drama: A Comparative Study of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare (Beijing, Foreign Language Press, 2008), and dozens of papers in literary criticism, linguistics and theatre studies. During the school year 2013-14, he did research as a Fulbright research scholar at the University of California at Irvine. He has completed his project “The Dissemination and Reception of Traditional Chinese Theatres in Hawaii” and is currently working on the project “The Performance and Reception of Chinese Opera in the United States.”

Cindy Nelson, MAcOM, Financial Manager

Cindy Nelson completed her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She has over 21 years with the Oregon University System, with over half of them spent at the University of Oregon.

Emily Ridout, M.A., Program Coordinator

Emily Ridout completed her masters in Folklore with a focus in New Media and Culture at the University of Oregon.  Her research interests focus around the intersections of culture and the environment, poetics, foodways, documentary, and religion. She has taught courses at the University of Oregon and KM Music Conservatory and has guided educational adventures in the Fiji Islands, Southern California mountains, Kentucky, and throughout the Midwest and Appalachia. She divides her time as the Program Coordinator for the Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and the Program Manager for the Oregon Folklife Network.
Shengwei Lai, Instructor Shengwei Lai is a master’s degree candidate in East China Normal University (Shanghai).