Lily Tsang

Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
503-352-1565
UC Box: 
UC Box: A142

About Professor Tsang

I graduated from Soochow University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature. In 1983, in order to help fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher and to continue pursuit of my passion for the Chinese language, I continued my education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. My graduate area of study was curriculum and instruction. During the two years of study in UM’s education program, I gained a great amount of experiences selecting, designing, and evaluating teaching materials meant for a variety of students and language abilities.

For more than 18 years, I have been teaching mandarin as both a heritage language and as a foreign language. In my experiences as an instructor, I have had the privilege of combining my knowledge of the Chinese language with my passion for the language and teaching. Even with a background in teaching, I continuously equip myself as an educator by participating in professional workshops, seminars, and related programs in Taiwan, China, and the United States to further enhance my knowledge in the field of language instruction.

Aside from teaching, I like to channel my artistic side. I have always appreciated the beauty of the Chinese arts, specifically Chinese calligraphy and painting. For more than 20 years, my love for Chinese art and culture has allowed me to learn from other teachers and practice my art with other peers and students. Learning, practicing, and teaching Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, and the Chinese harp is a wonderful form of meditation, which I believe can inspire my ideas in the arts. If I have some free time, it is likely that you’ll find me either painting, writing calligraphy, or practicing the Chinese harp. In addition, I enjoy going to the Portland Chinese Garden to explore the vibrant scenery.

Hobbies and Interests

These are some of the things I enjoy doing when I have free time. On a typical raining day in Oregon, I like to relax with my family, drink coffee at a café, and enjoy a nice book or enjoy:

  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese painting
  • Cooking
  • Playing the Chinese harp
  • Reading a wide variety of books, both English and Chinese 
Office Location: 
Carnegie Hall 101A (Forest Grove)
Area of Study I Teach (Undergraduate):