WMU International Forum in Chinese

COVID-19 has changed and is changing our life greatly. The situation we are facing is much more serious than any of us could have imagined. However, many of us are also working hard to explore more opportunities for our university.

In order to strengthen the relationship between Western Michigan University (WMU) and its international partners in Chinese-speaking countries and regions, and to enhance the relationship and connection between WMU and its alumni and visiting scholars from Chinese-speaking countries and regions, Dr. Ming Li and Dr. Ying Zeng initiated the WMU International Forum in Chinese.  

The online registration is free to the public. 

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PAST International Forum in Chinese sessions

October 10, 2020 

Chinese American Dean's View on Post-Graduate Level Education

Dr. Ming Li, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Ming Li shared his thoughts on post-graduate education as a Chinese American college dean.

 View session recording (讲座录像): 华裔美国教育学院院长对研究生教育的几点看法

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September 26, 2020 

Academic Writing in English

Dr. C. James Hueng, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences 

This seminar discusses how to write a publishable paper for international journals in Economics. 

 View session recording (讲座录像): 英文论文写作 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1gy4y1r7Wv/

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September 12, 2020

Food Consumption Changes Due to COVID-19: Lessons from China 

Moderator:  Dr. Ann Veeck, Professor, Marketing, Haworth College of Business 


  • Dr. Jeffrey Xie, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Haworth College of Business 
  • Dr. Hongyan Yu, Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Dr. Hong Zhu, Associate Professor, Northeast Normal University 
  • Dr. Marcel Zondag, Associate Professor, Marketing, Haworth College of Business 
  • Dr. Russell Zwanka, Associate Professor, Marketing, Haworth College of Business

When many Chinese households were quarantined in their homes in February 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, an international research team conducted a study of food provisioning behavior to examine how coping mechanisms affect consumption patterns during a pandemic.  The researchers administered an online household survey, which included questions related to sense of agency, emotions, knowledge of the coronavirus, health management, demographics and food-related activities. To allow geographical comparisons, responses were gathered from throughout China, with four areas deliberately oversampled: Beijing, and Jilin, Fujian, and Hubei Provinces. Ultimately, over 1,000 households completed the survey, including more than 150 from Hubei Province, site of the initial outbreak of COVID-19. This presentation reports on key findings from the survey, and compares the results to comparable studies from the U.S. and E.U.  

 View session recording (讲座录像): 食品消费的变化 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1w541177Vf/

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August 29, 2020

Games, Information and Incentives
Dr. Huizhong Zhou, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences 

Dr. Zhou will introduce game theory and economics of asymmetric information and incentives, and their applications in market competition, economic policy and corporate governance. 

 View session recording (讲座录像): 博弈,信息和激励 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1QK4y1h7d1/

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August 8, 2020

Academic Exchange & Collaboration Transcending Borders

Dr. Wei-Chiao Huang, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

  1. Reflections of past academic exchange activities
  2. Avenues of continuing academic exchange and cooperation
  3. Collaboration in research and publications
  4. Suggestions on writing English journal articles

 View session recording (讲座录像): 越国界的研究与出版合作 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Lf4y1X71j/

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July 17, 2020

From International Student to No. 1 Financial Advisor in the U.S.

Charles Zhang, WMU Alumnus, Founder and CEO of Zhang Finance

Mr. Zhang Cheng will share with you his study and work experience in the United States. Why did he choose to become a financial planner, and how to become the top financial expert in the United States step by step, and made Zhang Financial one of the best independent investment advisory companies in the United States that manages more than 3.5 billion US dollars of assets. Mr. Zhang has always believed that giving back to society is one of the most important qualities of mature entrepreneurs and successful people. He will share with us how he gave back to society.

 View session recording (讲座录像):  从留学生到全美最佳投资顾问 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1JV41127oC/

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July 11, 2020

Keeping your dream alive: Pursuing a U.S. degree during and after the pandemic

Moderator: Dr. Ying Zeng, Director of Asian Initiatives, Haenicke Institute for Global Education


  • Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Associate Provost, Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Lee Ryder, Director of Immigration Compliance, Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Dr. Wenling Lu, Assistant Professor, Finance and Commercial Law, Haworth College of Business
  • Xin Li, Ph. D. student, College of Education and Human Development

 View session recording (讲座录像):  疫情期间和之后的中美教育交流 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Wa4y1E7SP/

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June 20, 2020

Status, Challenges and Trends of International Collaboration in Kinesiology

Presenter: Dr. Yuanlong Liu, Professor,  Human Performance and Health Education 

Today's higher education faces lots challenges and difficulties such as enrollment decline, funding cut, and teaching learning environment change. International collaboration be be part of the solution to create a win win solution for all the countries in the world. This seminar is to review the status of the international collaboration of Kinesiology in last 40 years and discusses the current status, challenges, and Trends of International Higher Education Collaboration in Kinesiology. A feasible solution of the international collaboration in Kinesiology will be discussed.

View session recording (讲座录像):  体育与健康高端人才国际双向交流的沿革困境 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1WV411m7F7/

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May 30, 2020

How to Serve as a Dean in an American Institution

Presenter: Dr. Ming Li, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

1. Deans Roles and Basic Responsibilities
2. Deans Daily Activities
3. Deans Training and Selection
4. The Challenges Deans Face and Lessons Learned
5. Introduction to the College of Education and Human Development at WMU

 View session recording (讲座录像): 如何做美国大学的院长 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1ua411A7v7/

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May 16, 2020

Theory of Bifurcated Educational System and Its Implications for School Improvement

Presenter: Dr. Jianping Shen, Professor, College of Educational Leadership, and Evaluation, Measurement and Research

Educational reforms fail again and again. One reason for the failure is that educational reform stops just outside the classroom door. During the last 25 years, the dominant educational reform initiatives in the US have operated under the misguided conventional wisdom that the educational system is loosely coupled. With this model in mind, decades of educational reform efforts have focused on tightening the system. Based on empirical results we argue that the educational system is neither loosely or tightly coupled, but bifurcated in that (to borrow a metaphor from geoscience) it is comprised of two tectonic plates. The first plate consists of the state, district and school levels, and the second is the classroom, with a fault line between them. The theory of bifurcated system not only explains why past educational changes have stopped at the classroom door, but also raises the key question of how to bridge the fault line. We propose two principles for school improvement in the bifurcated context. The first principle is to integrate principal and teacher leadership, effectively bridging the fault line in both directions. The second principle is the school renewal process, helping transform the classroom practice by emphasizing implementation integrity rather than fidelity.

 View session recording (讲座录像): 新理论与新实践 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1P541177Xe/ View Session Recording-->