Lu Yuan, PhD, Academic Director
After receiving her BA in Chinese literature and journalism from People's University, Beijing, Lu Yuan worked for seven years as a journalist with Xinhua, the official news agency of China, and as editor of the publication Chinese Journalist. From 1989 to 1990, she was a Parvin Fellow on a journalism training program sponsored by the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i. She taught Chinese at Banaras Hindu University in north India as part of her MA degree work in Chinese language teaching from SIT Graduate Institute. She received her PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her thesis examined the political environment for NGO development in Yunnan, China.
In addition to her visits to Tibet and the minority regions of Mongolia, Ningxia, and Yunnan, Yuan spent three years in Kathmandu, Nepal, while her husband Sam was co-director of the SIT Nepal program.
During her childhood, Lu Yuan learned about the basic theory and herbal knowledge of TCM from her uncle, a well-known Chinese TCM doctor. She earned a massage certificate from Yunnan TCM Hospital and compiled a Chinese-English dictionary on public health and TCM for the SIT Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program.
She has served as the academic director for the Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program since 2004. In addition to giving lectures, advising students, and coordinating academic courses, Yuan also plans the program’s educational excursions and works to ensure that students’ academic needs are fully met. Yuan has overseen the SIT semester program China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities since its inception in the fall of 1994.
Dr. Wen Zengzhe, Program Coordinator
Dr. Wen has worked for the SIT China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine summer program as program coordinator since 2004. He was born in Beijing and graduated from Kunming Medical College in 1983, where he was trained in Western medicine with a specialization in anesthesiology. He completed his Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) training at the Yunnan Traditional Medical College in 1989. Dr. Wen has been practicing TCM for over twenty years. He worked as an anesthesiologist at the Yunnan Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital from 1983 until 1994. From 1994 until 2003, he was the director of the anesthesia department. From 2003 until the present, he has been an associate professor at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Yunnan and is currently the director of the C-Bridge Consultancy Co. Ltd. of Kunming, which promotes cross-cultural exchange on medical issues and development between China, other countries, and NGOs.
Mr. Zhao Jie, Language Instructor and Program Assistant
Zhao Jie was born in Shanghai and raised in Kunming. He received a bachelor of science from Yunnan University in 2003 and a master of science from Yunnan University in 2006. Fluent in both Chinese and English, Zhao Jie has a particular interest in paleontology and has conducted research and published extensively in this area of study. He has been in charge of international affairs on projects with both the University of Leicester (UK) and the Natural History Museum of Sweden. He has been teaching at Yunnan Normal University and Yunnan Nationalities University as a Chinese language teacher since 2001 and has worked as a language teacher and program assistant for the SIT China program since 2002.
Ms. Zhou Yan, Student Affairs Coordinator
Of Yi nationality, Zhou Yan was born in Yun County, Yunnan Province. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the Xian Foreign Languages Institute, one of the most well-known schools in China, in 2008. Following graduation, she returned to her home province and joined SIT as a staff member. She has served as the student affairs coordinator since the spring of 2008.
Ms. Luo Xiaolei, Language Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Kunming, Luo Xiaolei received a bachelor’s degree in English from Yunnan University in 1989. She worked as office staff and as a translator for the Foreign Affairs Office of Yunnan University and for companies in Zhuhai and Hong Kong from 1989 to 1997. She has been teaching Chinese to foreigners at Yunnan University, Yunnan Normal University, and Yunnan Nationalities University since 2002 and has been teaching SIT students since 2003. Ms. Luo has served as SIT language program coordinator since the fall of 2007.
Dr. Duo Lin, HIV/AIDS Expert
Duo Lin has earned medical degrees in Kunming and London. Since 2002, he has been involved with research, public health, and health education related to HIV/AIDS, intravenous drug use, and sexual transmission of disease in Yunnan including among ethnic minorities and in those areas bordering Southeast Asian countries. He is currently the manager of the Yunnan Province HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Project, sponsored by the Australian government, and has participated in and managed other local and regional projects concerning the spread and control of HIV/AIDS. He has contributed to numerous publications and has served as a consultant and participant in national and international conferences on the subject. Since 2006, Duo Lin has been a senior lecturer and ISP advisor for the SIT China semester program and a senior lecturer with the SIT China summer program.