Yanmin Liu (刘燕敏) joined the Confucius Institute at William & Mary as a volunteer teacher in July 2016. Yanmin’s undergraduate major was Chinese Language and Culture. During her four years as an undergraduate she studied Chinese and Western culture. Her senior year, she took the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduates (NEEP) and won first place, which granted her a spot at the prestigious Beijing Normal University.
However, instead of immediately attending Beijing Normal University, she chose to defer her enrollment so that she could gain practical teaching experience and pay for her tuition. She spent the next year in Indonesia where she worked in an elementary school as a volunteer teacher. Her teaching skills greatly improved during her time in Indonesia. In addition to teaching Chinese, she taught calligraphy courses, Chinese painting courses, Taiji courses, and Chinese paper cutting. Before teaching in Indonesia, she taught in the Philippines, Thailand, and Korea at both orphanages and schools.
From these experiences she learned that she highly values teaching foreigners Chinese because it not only allows foreign students to learn about Chinese language and culture, but also gives her the opportunity to learn about a different language and culture. Yanmin truly loves being a Chinese teacher and promoting Chinese language and culture.