Jianhsin Wu

Emerita Adjunct Professor of Chinese
With Pomona Since: 1990
  • Expertise


    Jianhsin Wu teaches elementary to advanced Chinese and has written extensively about the pedagogy for teaching the language. Her other areas of research involve etymology, classical Chinese novels, and modern Chinese poetry.

    Areas of Expertise


    • Etymology
    • Pedagogy of teaching Chinese
    • Classical Chinese novels
    • Modern Chinese poetry
  • Work


    The Way of Chinese Characters –The Origins of 450 Essential Words (Expanded Edition) Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2009

    The Way of Chinese Characters –The Origins of 400 Essential Words Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2007

    “Discussion on Teaching Chinese Poems” Journal of Yunnan Normal University Vol. 2, Supplementary issue, 2004.

    "Humor in Teaching Lower Level Chinese Courses," Journal of Nanjing University, Special Edition, 2002

    "Imaginative, Visualized, and Associative Method in Teaching Chinese Characters," Linguistics Studies, June 2001

    "Teaching Chinese Effectively to Heritage Students," Linguistics Studies, June 2000

    With A. Barr and S. Hou, Textbook for Advanced Beginners of Chinese (forthcoming)

    Selected Exhibits

    Photo exhibition: Enjoy the Beauty through My Eyes (Pictures taken in China and Claremont), Smith Campus Center Gallery, Pomona College, October 10-26, 2007

  • Education


    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Master of Arts
    Washington University

    Bachelor of Arts
    Beijing Normal University

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Advanced Chinese
    • Accelerated Elementary Chinese
    • Elementary Chinese
    • Intermediate Chinese for Bilinguals
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College, Curriculum Development Grant for Revising Chinese 51H, 1999

    Mellon Grant, for developing web page and CD-ROM, 1997-1998

    Mellon Grant, for writing Textbook for Advanced Beginners of Chinese, 1993-1995