Jasmine Tang Honored for Contributions to World Languages and Culture

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Jasmine Tang, a member of SUNY Geneseo's Department of Languages and Literatures for more than 22 years and a 1987 Geneseo alumna, has received the Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to the Field of World Languages and Culture from her graduate school, SUNY Empire State College.

"Jasmine Tang has dedicated her entire professional life to education as a teacher, scholar and author on the subjects of languages and cultures," said Jonathan Franz, dean of Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. "A nationally recognized and award-winning educator, she is among our most accomplished alumni and distinguished colleagues."

Tang was honored at the college's annual community celebration event by Dean Franz as well as students, fellow college alumni, faculty and staff, and community and government leaders.

"I am so thrilled by this honor," said Tang. "I am very pleased that I can pass on to my students and the community the traditional and practical education provided to me by my parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Tien Fu Li, and from the teachers and professors at my schools in Taiwan, England, North Africa, the University of New Mexico, Geneseo and Empire State College."

Tang has been a Chinese language teacher for 30 years. She currently is a part-time lecturer of Chinese at Geneseo and also is an adjunct assistant professor at Monroe Community College.

She graduated from Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies in 1996 with master's degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Chinese education. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Geneseo and completed master's degree courses in linguistic and applied linguistics at East China Normal University in China in 2009.

Tang recently published a textbook, "Taking Off with Chinese," for people who are completely unfamiliar with the Chinese language, characters and culture. She is the recipient of the Award of Distinction from the Chinese Language Education and Research Center for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Chinese language education in the United States. She also won the Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Language Education Award from the Chinese Language Teachers Association in recognition of her lifetime of teaching.

In June, Tang will be going to Soul, South Korea, for the 16th International Conference on Unified Chinese Characters and the 6th Globalization Outreach Summit in Wuxi, China.

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