Cats, travel, cats, gardening, cats.

Additional Information

Her husband, Larry Herzberg, teaches the lower level Chinese language courses at Calvin and is her collaborator for books and documentary films on China and the Chinese language.


  • B.A. Beijing Normal University 1981 (Chinese language and literature)
  • all M.A. course work Calvin College 1989 (Education)


  • Instructor of Chinese, Calvin College (1999-present)
  • Editor, Beijing Law Journal (1982-1986)

Academic Interests

  • Language pedagogy: teaching Chinese language and culture
  • Writing books on Chinese language and culture for both students and the general public
  • Making documentary films on China today for the general public

Selected publications

Recent Activities

  • Co-Author of "Chinese Proverbs: A Window on Chinese Thought and Culture" (Stone Bridge Press, 2011)
  • Co-Author of "Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Student's Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors" (Stone Bridge Press, 2010)
  • Co-Author of "China Survival Guide: How to Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps" (Stone Bridge Press, 2008; revised edition, 2011)
  • Produced documentary film on China today (63-minute DVD) entitled "China Today: Issues that Trouble Americans at the Start of the 21st Century" (Calvin Media Foundation, 2008)

Other Professional Work

  • English translator of Chinese children's books for Beijing publishing companies
  • Author of numerous articles for the "World Journal" (Chinese newspaper for N. America)
  • Chinese translator for various companies in West Michigan that deal with China
  • Private lessons in Mandarin Chinese for area businessmen, parents of adopted Chinese children, etc.