Dr. Ye Tian


Director, Chinese Language ProgramLecturer in Foreign Languages


703 Williams Hall

Ye Tian is the Interim Director of the Chinese Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He oversees daily operations of the Chinese Language Program and curriculum articulation. Previously, he taught Chinese at various institutes, including Harvard University, Middlebury College, and Bucknell University. With a Ph.D. in Education, Society and Culture from University of California, Riverside, his research is centered on Chinese language education, with an interest in educational technology, and a focus on investigating Chinese language education through sociocultural and historical frameworks and methodologies.


Ph.D., Education, Society, and Culture, University of California, Riverside, 2017

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

2021      Constructing an Ideological Cultural Toolkit in Chinese Language Classrooms. China-US Journal of  Humanities 6, 59-66.

2020      The Error Tolerance of Machine Translation: Findings from a Failed Teaching Design. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching 11(1), 19-35.

2018      From Greek/Latin to Chinese: What We can Learn from the First Chinese Teacher at Harvard. Curriculum History, 18 (1), 54-70.

2018      机器翻译对中文传统翻译作业的挑战》 (The Challenge of Machine Translation to Traditional Translation Homework in Chinese Language Learning). Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 9(1), 78-95.

2017      “Sorry, but They don’t Want Chinese Americans to Participate”: A Case Study of Tracking in an Ivy League Chinese Language Programme. International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(4), 437-462.


Chapters in Books

In Press 锦带功曹为何褪色?:中国艺术史的画风与时风》(Why did the "Turkey" Fade in Color? : Painting Style and Cultural Ethos in Traditional Chinese Art History). In G. Liu & H. Wang (Eds.) 《传统与现代:海外中文文化教学》 (Tradition and Transition: Teaching Chinese Culture Overseas). Beijing: Peking University Press.

2022      Mu, B., Ma, C., Tian, Y. Reconfiguration of CFL Learners’ Ecologies of Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic in China and America. In Liu S. (Eds.), Teaching the Chinese Language Remotely: Global Cases and Perspectives (pp. 325-347). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87055-3_14

2021      The Artistic Discourse and Semiotic Significance of Food in Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman. In Ding, F., Hu, J. et al. (Eds.) Appreciating Contemporary Chinese Film Classics (pp. 142-148). Nanjing: Jiangsu People’s Publishing, LTD.