Startalk Faculty

Dr. Henrietta Yang

Dr. Henrietta Yang, Associate Professor of Chinese

Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program

Dr. Yang holds a B.A. in Linguistics from California State University at Fullerton and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

She joined the University of Mississippi in 2013. Before coming to the University of Mississippi, Yang was Associate Professor of Chinese Studies and a program director at Morehouse College (2008-2013). She served as a teaching team leader for an Intensive Foreign Area Officer Program (FOA) at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she was an instructional technology specialist and Certified Government Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester (2005-2008).

Her research interests include Chinese language pedagogy, Chinese linguistics, the interface between instructional technology and language teaching, and formal syntactic theory.


Dr. Chen

Dr. Cheng-Fu Chen, Assistant Professor of Chinese & Linguistics

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Dr. Chen holds a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from National Tsing Hua University, an M.A. in Linguistics from National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

He teaches Chinese language and culture courses. His scholarly work has focused on syntax and semantics of Mandarin Chinese and Rukai (an Austronesian language of Taiwan).


Ms. Hao

Ms. Rongrong Hao, Chinese Flagship Instructor

Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program

Ms. Rongrong Hao received her Master of Arts in Chinese Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Xi’an International Studies University.

Before coming to The University of Mississippi, she taught Chinese at Brown for two years, and at Harvard Beijing Academy.


Ms. Lynn Tian

Ms. Lynn Tian has taught Chinese for twenty years in the United States, Canada and China. With a graduate diploma in Marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in History from Hebei University in Baoding, China, she is a native speaker of Mandarin and has near-native language ability in English. Since 2012, Tian-laoshi has chaired the Chinese-language program and taught elementary Chinese at the Hutchison School, a private school in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to that, she taught Chinese for five years at the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa, Canada. She has extensive experience teaching students of all ages (pre-school to adult), culture, tutoring and phonetics, including through on-line instruction.


Ms. Yiwen (Abbie) Wang

Ms. Yiwen (Abbie) Wang hails from Taiwan, where she received a B.A. in English from Taipei University. She taught Chinese for two years as a ALLEX teacher of the language at Lafayette High School in Oxford, MS (2013-15) and is currently the teacher of Chinese for all levels at the academically prestigious Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Wang also served in the summers of 2014 and 2015 as a graduate teaching assistant for the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi, where in May of 2015, she received her master of arts in Modern Languages with a specialization in the Teaching English as a Second Language Program (TESL). Ms. Wang has taught the second-level class in our StarTalk program the past three summers and will do so again next year.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!


“I had an amazing time! I learned lots of new things and met many new friends this year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“It was very fun and greatly improved my Chinese capabilities.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“I had an incredible experience learning Chinese. I loved every aspect of the program.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018