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Jie Lu

Professor of Chinese Studies & Film Studies


Phone: 209.946.2917


WPC Annex 252


PhD, Stanford University, 1996

MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990

BA, Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, Beijing, 1982

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

In Chinese language courses, a high priority is to train language skills and enhance cultural awareness. To achieve these goals, I try to create a relaxed and lively atmosphere but dynamic interactions between the instructor and students as well as among students. Students from the most advanced to the least advanced are given equal opportunities to perform in the classroom-no one is left 'quite.' The mutual respects and help both inside and outside classrooms are strongly encouraged and cultivated. My non-language courses are characterized by the emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and introduction and cultivation of various perspectives. All these courses cover a wide range of texts from literature, film, history, literary and social theories that speak to different aspects of East Asian cultures, societies and histories.

Scholarly Interest

Representation of the city and new urban culture in contemporary Chinese fiction and film.


ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas
ASIA 124 Society, Gender & Culture in Contemporary East Asia 
HIST 31 East Asian Civilization II 
CHIN 11A First-year Chinese, 1st semester
CHIN 11B First-year Chinese, 2nd semester
CHIN 23 Chinese through Culture, 3rd semester
CHIN 25 Chinese through Culture, 4th semester
CHIN 125 Advanced Chinese I 
CHIN 126 Advanced Chinese II 
LANG 197 Independent Research