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Faculty Fulbright scholar brings intercultural exchange to Chapman

December 15, 2010

Representatives from Los Angeles-based Consulates General of the People’s Republic of China visited Chapman University last month, thanks to an invitation extended by Chapman University’s visiting Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Binlan Huang, Ph.D.

Dr. Wenshan Jia with Dr. Binlan Huang, a Fulbright Faculty Scholar at Chapman University.

In addition to her research work, Dr. Huang is also using her time here to help promote inter-cultural relations. At her invitation, the education consul, Zhunmin Chen, and education vice-consul, Yi Wang, visited Chapman last month. The two consuls met with Dean Patrick Quinn of Wilkinson College; Jim Coyle, Ph.D., director of Chapman’s Center for Global Education; Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., associate professor, and holder of the Wang-Fradkin Professorship in Scholarly Excellence, Department of Communication Studies; and Chancellor Daniele Struppa. During the visit they discussed the possibility of creating collaborative projects between Chapman University and Chinese universities. Between meetings, they toured Marion Knott Studios, the Fish Interfaith Center and Ambassador George L. Argyros ’59 Global Citizens Plaza.

The Department of Communication Studies and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences are hosting Dr. Huang during the 2010-2011 school year. Her faculty host is Dr. Jia.

Dr. Huang is Professor of Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication at the College of International Studies, Guangxi University, People’s Republic of China.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of Warwick, U.K., and has published on pragmatics, intercultural communication and foreign-language teaching methodology.  Her Fulbright-funded research is intercultural communication.

There are only 31 Fulbright Faculty Scholars in the United States this year, so Dr. Huang’s visit here is a tribute to the university, said Dr. Jia.

“It’s a great honor for Chapman to be included as one of the host institutions,” Dr. Jia said.

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