Yan Gao

Lecturer of Chinese

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location: Swann 333
Office Hours: MWF 13:00-14:00


Yan Gao received her Ph.D. from Emory University, M.A. from University of Minnesota, and B.A. from Peking University. She was formerly an associate professor of Chinese at several institutions and taught Chinese language at all levels, Chinese literature, film, culture, and world literature. After joining Ga Tech, she teaches Chinese language, Chinese Culture & Civilization, and Crossing Cultures: Chinese American Experiences. She was the coordinator of the introductory Chinese language program 2017-2019. Her research interest is in the areas of teaching Chinese as a second language, modern Chinese grammar, contemporary Chinese literature, and Chinese American literature. She is the author of The Art of Parody: Maxine Hong Kingston’s Use of Chinese Sources and the co-author of A Chinese Grammar for English Speakers 汉语语法指南 (Peking University Press, 2013; second printing, 2016). Currently she is working on a translation project.


Research Fields:
  • Chinese
  • Instructional Technologies for Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • East-Asian Studies
  • Heritage Language Learning
  • Literature


  • CHIN-1001: Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN-1002: Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN-2001: Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN-2002: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN-2011: Accelerated Inter Chin I
  • CHIN-3021: Chin Society & Culture I
  • CHIN-3022: Chin Society& Culture II
  • CHIN-4003: Advanced Chinese II

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