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Dr. Shuhan C. Wang is Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society, whose mission is to expand and strengthen the Chinese language field in the United States. She is part of the Leadership Team of STARTALK at the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, a project under the National Security Language Initiative (2006), which is dedicated to providing intensive learning opportunities during the summer for students and teachers of critical languages in K-16 settings.
Besides the Leadership Team of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages that is jointly organized with the Center for Applied Linguistics, NFLC, and Asia Society, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), and the Editorial Board of Foreign Language Annals of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
From 1998 to 2006, Shuhan was the Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the Delaware Department of Education. Her collaborative efforts led the State of Delaware to win the prestigious Goldman Sachs Award for Excellence in International Education in 2005. Her research interests include heritage and foreign language education, teacher education and development, and language planning and policy. Her work is published in books and peer reviewed journals.
Currently, she is leading an international team to develop Flying with Chinese, a series of textbooks for K-6 learners of Chinese (Cheng & Tsui). Shuhan received her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.