Professor Yan Wang teaches courses in Japanese, Chinese and Global Heritage. Her research interests include Japanese/Chinese discourse analysis, pragmatics, syntax, pedagogy and cultural anthropology. Her recent publications and conference presentations focus on Japanese epistemic markers and complementizers, as well as the comparison between Chinese and Japanese discourse markers.
Before coming to Carthage in 2008, she worked as a Japanese teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an assistant professor of Japanese at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She also studied anthropology at the University of Tokyo. Prof. Wang has a Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics and an M.A. in Chinese linguistics, both from UW-Madison, as well as an M.A. in Japanese culture from the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies and a B.A. in Japanese from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
"My favorite professor is Dr. Yan Wang. She challenges us to expand on what we have learned, clearly explains difficult Japanese grammatical structures and just makes everything much easier to understand. She is always there to help students, and what's best is that she is always happy and willing to meet with students outside of class for help or for a broader understanding of something."
— Jennifer Weiss, '14
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