Dr. Patricia Duff



Professor, Department of Language & Literacy Education (LLED)
Co-Director, CRCLLE


Dr. Patricia Duff is currently Director of the Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she is Professor of Language and Literacy Education. She previously directed UBC’s Centre for Intercultural Language Studies and the teacher education and graduate programs in Modern Language Education, as well as coordinating the graduate program in Teaching English as a Second Language. Although much of her research and teaching has focused on English as a second/foreign language, she has also conducted research on the teaching and learning of Mandarin and other languages. Her primary research activities concern the processes and outcomes of (second) language learning and language socialization in secondary school and university classroom contexts (foreign/second language, bilingual/immersion, mainstream content courses), as well as in workplaces and communities more generally. She is also very interested in research methods in applied linguistics.


Dr. Duanduan Li


Associate Professor, Asian Studies
Director, Chinese Language Program, Asian Studies
Co-Director, CRCLLE


Dr. Duanduan Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Applied Linguistics, and Director of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC, where more than 2000 students take Chinese language and literature courses annually. Prior to coming to UBC, she was Director of the Chinese Language Program at Columbia University, New York. Her research interests and publications are related to sociolinguistics, pragmatics, language socialization, second language acquisition (both of Chinese and English), and heritage language teaching and learning. Her primary current research focus with respect to Chinese is on the languages, literacies and identities of Chinese heritage language learners. Her Chinese language textbooks include: A Primer for Heritage Chinese Learners (Columbia University Press, 2003); Chinese Vocabulary (Schaum & McGraw-Hill, 2002); and Reading into a New China (with Dr. I. Liu, Cheng and Tsui Company, Boston, 2009).

Dr. Ryuko Kubota


Professor, LLED


Ryuko Kubota is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Her main area of research is critical applied linguistics with a focus on culture, multiculturalism, written discourse, race, and critical pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Canadian Modern Language Review, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Second Language Writing, Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, and World Englishes. She is an editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language: Exploring critically engaged practice (2009, Routledge).


Dr. Ross King


Head, Asian Studies


Dr. Ross King is Head of the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. His research and teaching are in the area of Korean language and linguistics and encompass the following: Korean historical linguistics, dialectology (e.g., dialects preserved by ethnic Korean minorities outside of Korea), the history of Korean linguistics and Korean thought, language and nationalism, language ideologies, translation, and language pedagogy (K-12 and post-secondary). He has also long been involved with the Korean Language Village at Concordia Language Villages in the United States. He and his UBC colleagues have produced an online character animation resource for the teaching and learning of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean with support from several UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grants.


Dr. Henry Yu


Professor, History Department


Prof. Henry Yu was born in Vancouver, B.C., and grew up in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He received his BA in Honours History from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. After teaching at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC as an Associate Professor of History to help build programs focused on trans-Pacific Canada. Yu himself is both a second and fourth generation Canadian. His parents were first generation immigrants from China, joining a grandfather who had spent almost his entire life in Canada. His great-grandfather was also an early Chinese pioneer in British Columbia, part of a larger networks of migrants who left Zhongshan county in Guangdong province in South China and settled around the Pacific in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Canada. Prof. Yu’s book, Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2001) won the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize as the Most Distinguished Book of 2001, and he is currently working on a book entitled How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes: Finding Ourselves in History. Currently, he is the Director of the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research on Chinese Canadians (INSTRCC) and the Principal of St. John’s College at UBC, as well as a Board Member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC).


Dr. Guofang Li


Professor, Department of Language & Literacy Education (LLED)

Dr. Guofang Li is a professor of second language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and was a post-doctoral fellow (SSHRC) at the University of British Columbia during 2000-2001. Prior to joining MSU, she was an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, where she was a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Her research interests focus on three interrelated areas of concerns: a) Asian immigrant children’s home literacy practices; b) cultural conflicts and educational dissensions between Asian immigrant parents and mainstream schools/teachers regarding literacy learning and instruction; and c) Asian children’s social processes of learning, especially the impact of the “model minority” myth, social class, and cultural identity on language and literacy development. Dr. Li’s publications include six books and a monograph. These are: Multicultural families, home literacies, and mainstream schooling. (Information Age Publishing, 2009), Model minority myths revisited: An interdisciplinary approach to demystifying Asian American education experiences (co-editor, Information Age Publishing, 2008), Culturally contested literacies: America’s “rainbow underclass” and urban schools (Routledge, 2008), Culturally Contested Pedagogy: Battles of Literacy and Schooling between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents (SUNY Press, 2006), “East is east, west is west”? Home literacy, culture, and schooling (Peter Lang, 2002), “Strangers” of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education (co-editor, Stylus, 2006), and a monograph entitled, Asian-American education across the Class Line: A Multi-site Report (GSE Publications/SUNY Press, 2005).