Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Language Program


Ph.D., Renmin University of China

Field of Specialty

Instruction of modern Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese pedagogy, classical Chinese language, traditional Chinese and Oriental philosophy (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism), comparative ideas, and Chinese cultural heritage as a whole.

Contact Information

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 119

Yu Feng

Since fall 2007, I have been leading Brandeis Chinese Language Program to ensure our students to enjoy the best expereince of Chinese language learning and to reach true advanced level in four years or less. I have established and redesigned a full range of Chinese courses equal or surpass those offered by the top universities of the United States. Brandeis University is now the only university in the North America to offer two graduate programs of Chinese language instruction.
Besides Chinese language instruction, I am also teaching Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism for Religious Studies.


Feng, Yu and Qingyu Yang. The Implementation of Computerized Chinese Character Input in North American Classrooms. June 2013. Beijing: Commercial Press of China, 2016.

Feng, Yu and Wei, Jian, Jiang, Mingbao. On the Cultural and Overall Knowledge Training for Chinese Language Instructors, Analysis the Results of a Special Test. Diss. BLCU Publishing House, June 2013. 2016.

Feng, Yu. "Two Suggestions for Teaching Advanced Chinese for Western Learners." Newsletter of International Society for Chinese Language Teaching 2. 4(8) (2011): 28-30.

Feng, Yu. "Popularization and Enhancement, an overview of Chinese-language instruction overseas." Sino-American Culture and Society 2009. 4 (Winter) (2009): 85-87.

Feng, Yu (co-editor in chief with Shengli Feng). China Issues 2007. First ed. Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2007.

Feng, Yu (first author), Shengli Feng. Understanding the People and the World. First ed. Beijing: China Higher Education Press, 2007.

Feng, Yu, Shengli Feng. On the Present and Past. First ed. Beijing: China Higher Education Press, 2007.

Feng, Yu (first author). Close the Deal, Advanced Chinese for Creative and Productive Business. First (second print with slight update will come soon) ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2006.

Feng, Yu (First Author). Pop Chinese, A Cheng & Tsui Handbook for Contemporary Colloquial Chinese. First and second (2007) ed. Boston: The Cheng & Tsui Company, 2005.

Feng, Yu (second author) with Dafei Gong (First author). Chinese Maxims. first edition, third print ed. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2004.

Feng, Yu. A Learners' Handbook of Modern Chinese Written Expressions. First ed. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2000.

Feng, Yu (second author) and Leo S. Chang (first author). The Four Politcal Treatises of the Yellow Emperor. First ed. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 1998.

Feng, Yu (First author). Zhonghua Chuantong Wenhua Daguan (A Concise Encyclopedia of Chinese Cultural Heritage). First Edition ed. Beijing: China Grand Encyclopedia Press, 1993.

Feng, Yu. Tian Yu Ren [Heaven and Man]. First ed. Chongqing: Chongqing Publishing House, 1990.

Courses Taught

CHIN 10a Beginning Chinese I
CHIN 105a Advanced Conversation and Composition I
CHIN 105b Advanced Conversation and Composition II
CHIN 106b Business Chinese and Culture
CHIN 140a Yin Yu Tang Documents, Decoding the Late Qing and Early Republic Writings (I)
CHIN 201a Chinese Pedagogy I
CHIN 202b Chinese Pedagogy II
CHIN 211a Chinese Practicum I
CHIN 212b Chinese Practicum II
REL 151a The Buddha: His Life and Teachings
REL 161a Chinese Religion and Thought: Understanding Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism)