Dr. Xuemei Li is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her research interests include TESL/TEFL curriculum and methodology, second/additional language writing, ESL support in schools and communities, migration and newcomer integration, and identity issues in additional language contexts. She teaches, supervises, and publishes in these areas. Dr Li’s current SSHRC-funded projects investigate language and social support for newcomers (immigrant, refugee, & international student) in Canada, and particularly in Newfoundland. She also explores EAP (English for Academic Purposes) writing instruction and teacher education in Chinese universities.
Interviewed by: Khalid Al Hariri and Hami Suzuki
Mingyue Wang is a graduate of the M.S.Ed Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Penn GSE, and now works as an EFL instructor at an International Program in a secondary school in Beijing, China. She taught EFL in China before she came to the U.S., and has taught adult English language learners in PEDAL@GSE in Philadelphia for two years. She also taught ESL to lower school students for one year at a local after school program in Philadelphia. Students she has taught came from various parts of the world, such as Korea, Turkey, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.
Dr. Minh-hoa Ta is currently the Dean of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Chinatown North Beach Center. She joined CCSF in 1989, as a counseling faculty member of the CCSF Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) Department and Asian American Studies Department and as Co-Founder/Director of the Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) Retention Center. Prior to her current position, she worked with youth and immigrant education development in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She has also held positions as the Principal Investigator for the first U. S. Department of Education Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions (ANNAPISI) Grant, as the Dean of Instruction and as the Dean of the School of ESL, International Student and Transitional Studies. Minh-hoa taught at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the college of Ethnic Studies for 16 years. She was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Vietnamese American Studies Center at SFSU. She currently serves as the Chair of the University of California at San Francisco’s Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project and as the honorable Principal of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine USA campus.
Minh-hoa earned her Doctorate in International and Multi-Cultural Education from the University of San Francisco (USF). She holds an MSW in Social Work Education from San Francisco State University, a B.A. in Social Welfare and a B.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB). E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
September interviewer: Terry Doyle with a lot of assistance from Geeta Aneja