Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5245 USA
- Ph.D., Chinese American Social History, International Christian University, Japan, 1999
- M.A., Asian American Literature, International Christian University, Japan, 1995
- B.S., Scientific Instruments Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1984
- B.A., American Studies, International Christian University, Japan, 1993
Before joining the Haenicke Institute, Dr. Ying Zeng was the principal of the Modern Chinese School of Kalamazoo. While a native of China, Dr. Zeng lived, worked and studied in Japan for an extended period of time.
While living in Japan, Dr. Zeng was the founding secretary of the Japanese Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. She has significant experience in the classroom, working as an instructor of Japanese and Chinese language as well as Asian-American Literature at WMU, Waseda University (Tokyo), Keio University (Tokyo) and elsewhere.
In addition to her work in academia, Dr. Zeng also served as a business planner for a Japanese auto company in Michigan and a computer engineer for BGP Geophysical Research Institute in China.
Her publications include numerous articles and book chapters (written in Chinese, Japanese, and English) on Asian-American society and literature as well as a dictionary and textbooks. She has also published a Chinese translation of Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories.
As the director of Asian initiatives, Dr. Zeng's primary responsibilities include:
- Communicates with Asia-related constituencies including students, alumni, faculty, visiting scholars, and community through social media and other channels.
- Facilitates research collaboration among Asia-related units and faculty, including joint conferences, workshops, and speaker series.
- In coordination with executive director of the Haenicke Institute and academic colleges and departments, initiates, develops and maintains institutional partnerships in Asia with a focus on China; develops high-level travel missions to Asia with a focus on China.
- Serves as the director for the Soga Japan Center and the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies at Western Michigan University.