Professor, Director, Asian Studies Program
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Director of Asian Studies
Office and Contact
Room: BRNG 1290G
Office hours: By appointment only
Phone: (765) 494-3731
Ph D. - Purdue University
Pragmatics, Chinese Linguistics, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Dr. Wei Hong is Professor of Applied Linguistics, and the Director of Chinese Language Program in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. In Fall 2016, Dr. Hong became Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.
Dr. Hong received her MA in German in 1986 from Tongji University, Shanghai, China and Ph.D in Linguistics from Purdue University in 1993. She joined the Purdue faculty in 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Chinese. Her major publications include studies on requests in German, English and Chinese, intercultural pragmatics of “apology” and “refusal,” teaching Chinese as a Second Language, distance Chinese and Business Chinese. Dr. Hong is a frequent speaker to business community, MBA classes, K-12 community and at academic conferences on business culture and etiquettes in Chinese, research in Chinese language pedagogy and cross-cultural communication. In 2010, Dr. Hong was elected to the Board of Advisors of Chinese Language Teachers Association in the US. She has been frequently invited to review academic manuscripts for major publishers such as Prentice Hall Publications, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Yale University Press and Georgetown University Press. Since 2010, Dr. Hong has been serving as the faculty reviewer of Chinese language programs for American Council on Education.