Hong Zeng is an associate professor of Chinese language, literature and film study in Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts. She had taught Chinese language at all levels, Chinese literature, and Chinese film, as well as business Chinese at William and Mary, Swarthmore College, and Carleton College. She directed 70% of the Chinese major students at Carleton. She has published 5 books on Chinese and comparative literature as well as Chinese film study, including A Deconstructive Reading of Chinese Natural Philosophy in Literature and the Arts: Taoism and Zen Buddhism, and two books from Palgrave Macmillan: Semiotics of Exile in Literature and Semiotics of Exile in Contemporary Chinese Film. Her books have been recommended by Choice Magazine and she has been acclaimed as one of the “leading figures in the interrelated fields of media and semiotic studies” by the editor-in-chief of Semiotica, the most famous journal of semiotics in the world. She has earned a $30,000 grant from the Asian Network to take students to do research in China. She had also been an honorary professor in key universities of China. She has two PhDs, the first one from Beijing Foreign Studies University in literature translation, and the second one from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Chinese and comparative literature.
Professor Zeng's philosophy of teaching language:
“Teaching language is like conducting an orchestra: with leading violinist, duet, and chorus. Vocabularies and grammars are like musical motifs: they recur in the students’ practice of using them in different contexts, and are reinforced and become alive each time. The conducting of a language class is the reverse of a literature/culture class: in a language class, the movement is from discipline to freedom. In a literature/culture class, the movement is from freedom to discipline.”
Professor Zeng's philosophy of teaching culture class:
“The purpose of culture class is not to inform. It is to enlighten. Do not tell the students the answers. Bring them through the process of thinking---its ups and downs, blocks and unexpected openings. Let them experience the thrill---the rollercoaster of thinking---its starting, speeding, rising with difficulty, its crashing fall, roaring through a dark cave, and final arrival---under your repeated prompting. In this process, the teacher always experiences some unforeseen insight together with the students.”
- Hong Zeng