Culture Panel

Wayne Wenchao He

Dr. Wayne Wenchao He is Professor of Chinese, Director of The Chinese Language Flagship Program and Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island. He is successfully leading and directing the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program by implementing proficiency-based teaching and assessment. Under his leadership, the URI Confucius Institute became Chinese language teaching focused, promoting Chinese language and culture education, and faculty professional development. Before he joined the University of Rhode Island, he taught at NYU and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his doctoral degree in second language acquisition at Clark University in 1998. Dr. He is elected to the Board of Directors of CLTA-USA in 2014. He is the founding President of the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (2012), and the founding President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York (2002) and was re-elected President in 2010-2012. He is experienced in leading study abroad programs and intensive Chinese programs at NYU, West Point as well as URI. He remains active in promoting teaching Chinese language and culture locally, in the US and internationally for over 20 years. In addition, he is Chief Editors of one conference proceedings, Co-Editor of two conference proceedings in 2007, 2012 and 2014. He is the Chief Editor of the special Flagship issue of the Journal of Chinese Teaching & Research in the US in 2012. He has published dozens of scholastic papers.


Simon Lang

Simon Lang researches social conflicts and protests, education policy, lifestyle, consumption and gender in China at the Mercator Institute for Chinese Studies (MERICS). Before joining MERICS, he investigated identity formation and gender in Chongqing in LGBT non-governmental organizations.

During his studies of social sciences at the University of Amsterdam, he researched NGOs in Taiwan and was a guest lecturer for Global History at the National Central University in Taiwan. Prior to studying in Amsterdam, Lang completed a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and studied Chinese language at Chongqing University in China.