Qin Herzberg


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)

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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.

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