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Violet Tang

Violet Tang

Biography

Violet was born in Jinan, Shandong, the hometown of Confucius. Her parents are both professors, and she grew up in a college campus, which has influenced her interests in education from a long time ago. Violet came to the US for her undergraduate in 2008. She attended St. John’s college in Annapolis, MD, which is a small college that teaches the Great Books program. Studying western philosophy and literature, she has developed an interest in intercultural communication, and later she did her master's degree in communication at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Right now she is a PhD student in Global Studies in Education, and she is working on promoting understanding between US and China as an educator.

Smalltalk

What is your favorite sport to play?
I like to go to the gym, and I like weight lifting, but I am not an expert at all. Yet I love watching sports. My favorites are soccer and gymnastics, and I also enjoy watching tennis, basketball, table tennis, badminton, and also American football.
What is your favorite hobby?
I learned the Chinese instruments Gu Zheng and Gu Qin when I was a child, and I still love them. I also like Chinese calligraphy. Besides, I like traveling and trying out different cuisines.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
Ever since I was a child, I have seen my mom devoting herself to her students, and it is extremely rewarding when she sees her students receive the kind of assistance they need. So for me, I also enjoy the feeling of helping people out through delivering knowledge.
What is your next travel destination?
I really want to go to Italy mainly because Italian soccer team is my favorite. I also love the sound of Italian language and Italian food. So if I have the time and money, I would definitely go to Italy.
What do you love about Chinese language?
I love the fact that it’s not alphabetical. It’s very mysterious even for native speakers because you can always explore and find out unknown characters, words, phrases, meanings…etc. I think it’s for adventure lovers!
How do you describe yourself?
I think I’m friendly, loving and considerate. I’m always open to new new ideas.

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