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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Lanjing Zhou

Zhou portrait

Part-Time Instructor, Chinese


Chinese Language Coordinator

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics


Room 203 113 Euclid Ave


Language and Writing Interests

Lanjing Zhou writes poetry and teaches Chinese at Syracuse University, where she is the Chinese Language Coordinator of its Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department. She has also founded/co-founded, and led, several organizations for the teaching and promotion of the Chinese language and arts -- most notably, the Chinese Language Institute in Boston. In both China and the US, Lanjing has served as an expert translator for government (she is a certified interpreter and translator, US Federal District Court, Syracuse), also professional and private clients, on various subjects (e.g., legal, medical, computer and telecommunications, as well as literature and poetry). Lanjing began her career as a Lecturer of the English Language and Literature, first at the Heibei Teachers University, Shijaizhuang, China, and then at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing. She was also the English Editor of China’s Life Magazine, and one of thirteen contributors and translators to the Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (Chinese Edition), published by Heibei Education Press (1992). Her recent books are at Her poetry is also published in China, by Chizi, a magazine of China’s Economic & Cultural Exchange Council.


CHI 101 Chinese I (4 credits)
CHI 102 Chinese II (4 credits)

CHI 200 Practice in Chinese conversation (1 credit)
CHI 201 Chinese III (4 credits)
CHI 202 Chinese IV (4 credits)

CHI 300A Chinese reading practice (1 credit)
CHI 300B Chinese writing practice (1 credit)
CHI 300C Advanced Chinese for "heritage" and native speakers (4 credits)
CHI 301 Chinese V (3 credits)
CHI 302 Chinese VI (3 credits)


M.A. Linguistics, Syracuse University.
B.A. English Language and Literature, Hebei Teachers University, Shijiazhuang, China.

Additional graduate studies:
Teaching ESL (18 Credits), U Mass, Boston.
English and American Literature (over 30 credits), Hebei Teachers University, Shijiazhuang, China.

Teaching Career

2008 - present: Chinese Language Coordinator and Instructor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University.
1997 - 2008: Instructor of Chinese, Syracuse University.
1996 - 1997: Teaching Assistant/Chinese Instructor, Syracuse Univeristy.
1993 - 1995: Permanent Substitute Teacher (for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese), Newton South High School, Newton, MA; also, Substitute Teacher (for ESL), Quincy Public Schools, MA.
1984 - 1990: Lecturer (for English Language and Literature), China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.
1978 - 1984: Instructor (for English Language and Literature), Heibei Teachers University, Shijiazhuang, China.

Other Related Experience

2004 - present: Certified Interpreter and Translator, US Federal District Court, Syracuse, NY.
2000 - 2005: Program Development, Chinese Language and Arts Center, Syracuse, NY.
1999 - 2004: Senior Instructor, Central New York Chinese Language School, Manlius, NY.
1995 - 1999: Chinese Language Consultant, Syracuse Language Systems, Manlius, NY.
1993 - 1995: Co-founder, Chinese Language Institute (program development and teaching Chinese as a foreign language, also advanced Chinese to native speakers), Boston, MA.
1993 - 1995: Economic Development Council, Boston Chinatown (teaching ESL), Boston, MA; also, Cambridge Learning Center (teaching ESL).
1985 - 1990: English Editor, China Life Magazine, Beijing.

Recent Books

Three Masterpieces of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A new contemporary translation (in English and Chinese), Ming Lei Press (2017).
This book provides a translation of Coleridge's three poems, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Kahn, and Christabel, into a traditional form of Chinese poetry.

Selected Masterpieces by Bai Juyi, Tang poems with English Translation, Ming Lei Press (2016).
Bai Juyi (772-846), a great poet of the Tang Dynasty of China, is a famous and very influential writer in Chinese literary history. Called the King of Poetry, his writing is realistic, on a wide variety of topics, and simple and “down-to-earth”. Here are five of what many consider to be his masterpieces, in a fresh English translation, and accompanied by the original Chinese. Their titles are: The Rhyme of the Lute, The Charcoal Seller, Farewell at the Grasslands, On Seeing Wheat Harvesters, and The Song of Eternal Regret.

The Teacher: Contemporary Chinese Poems with English Translation, Ming Lei Press (2016).
Poetry has always been vital to language acquisition, beginning with nursery rhymes and songs. This book, however, is intended for all readers. It contains a hundred original poems in Chinese, with English translation, on a wide variety of contemporary topics. They are all short, in classical Chinese styles. Instructors can use them as classroom readings, and translation exercises, for beginning Chinese students, also intermediate and advanced. Chinese parents may read them to their children, and the children recite them with their grandparents.

Nonfiction Books in English

My Homeless Generations: The True Story of a Young Lady Coming of Age During the Cultural Revolution, Ming Lei Press (2015). This is the true story of Wu Qianxi, “Crazy Wu” as the boys called her. Born in Beijing, she spent her first five years with a loving Aunt in a peasant village, before her father suddenly took her back to an elite Academy of the People’s Liberation Army of China. She then lived there, as a “stranger in a strange land,” playing mostly alone, and also going to elementary school, until the Cultural Revolution came and replaced education with “re-education.” In that insanity, Wu Qianxi found freedom and became a self-made Red Guard. But when her father was criticized, her world collapsed – he was the editor of the Workers’ Press of China and had tried to publish the book titled Liu Zhidan, which Mao Zedong thought offensive. To survive, our hero fell back upon the values of the village where she had been nurtured. This is her story, told from that girl’s point of view, as she was growing up, first with a peasant family, then with her elite parents in Beijing, and finally at a remote hospital, where she gave intravenous treatments and stitches to patients as a sixteen-year-old nurse.

(with Zhou Xinjing and Cao Jinqiu) Huzi: The True Story of a Boy Artist Growing Up in the Communist Army (abridged English translation, but with previously censored parts restored), Ming Lei Press (2014).
This is the true story of Cao Zhenfeng, nicknamed "Huzi" (1926-2006). It provides a Chinese point-of-view on certain events of the Twentieth Century that changed the world. Born into poverty, when warlords were fighting civil wars, Japanese bombing civilians, and militias conducting summary executions of suspected Communists, Huzi joined the Eighth Route Army, "to fight the Japanese and save China." Although only twelve years old, he not only could draw, he could read and write, which was rare in those days. So for fifteen years Huzi served as a pictorial-journalist at the front lines of three wars: the Anti-Japanese War (WW2), China's Civil War, and the Korean War. His illustrated reports were widely distributed, to educate and to encourage the troops, local folks, and peasants, most of whom were illiterate. And he had many adventures -- also narrow escapes. Finally, when he was twenty-seven, 1953, Huzi "retired" from the combat army. (This book ends there; Huzi went on to become an authority on Chinese folk art, and a Deputy Director of China's National Art Museum.)

Books in Chinese

Neighbors: Short Chinese Poems on Contemporary Topics in Classical Styles, Ming Lei Press (2015).

Cries of My Life: Contemporary Chinese Poems, Ming Lei Press (2014).

Rhymes of My Life: Modern Chinese Poems in a Classic Style, Ming Lei Press (2013).

Original Poems in Chinese published in China

New poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, June 2015, pp. 72-73.

Twenty poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, January 2014, pp. 71-72.

Twenty-eight poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, February 2014, pp. 81-82.

Sixty-four poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, March 2014, pp. 66-68.

Sixty-four poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, April 2014, pp. 72-74.

One hundred and thirty poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, June 2014, pp. 81-86.

Eighty poems in a classic style, on various subjects, in Chizi, China Economic & Cultural Exchange Council, September 2014, pp. 57-58.

Chinese-English Dictionary

(with 12 others) Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, Chinese Edition, Hebei Education Press, China (1992).