Wan-Li Ho

Wan-Li Ho

Dr. Wan-Li Ho retired in the Spring of 2016.


Senior Lecturer

Chinese Program Language Coordinator



I earned my B.A. in Chinese Literature at Tunghai University in Taiwan and received my Master of Divinity at Taiwan Theological College. My Ph.D degree was completed in the Department of Religion at Temple University, where I also earned a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. After teaching at Temple University, Drexel University, and Williams College, I joined the Emory faculty in 2001.

Areas of Interest:

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Chinese Religions and Comparative Thought
  • Religion and Environmental Issues
  • Asian Women's Studies

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Chinese (Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced)
  • Women and Religion in China
  • Mind and Body in China (Freshman Seminar)
  • Ecology and Chinese Religion
  • Asian Religions

Selected Publications


  • Li, Hong, Wan-Li Ho, and Jing Zhang. Access China -- An Interactive Classroom Video Course for Chinese Learning, Volumes 1-6. Jiangxi: 21 Century Publishing House, 2012.
  • Loya, Joseph, Wan-Li Ho, and Chang-Shin Jih. The Tao of Jesus: An Experiment in Inter--Religious Understanding.  New York: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • Ho, Wan-Li.  A Comparison of the View of Life Between Ecclesiastes and Chuang'Tzu. Taipei: Olive, 1984 (2nd printing, 1985).

Articles and Chapters in Books

  • Ho, Wan-Li and Qiong Le. "How to Enhance Reading and Writing Skills for Heritage Chinese students through Emory iTunesU." Chinese L2 Theory and Practice: Selected Papers of CLEF 2011. Millbrae, CA: Chinese Language Education and Research Center Publishing, 2012, 35-49. 
  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Daoist Nuns in Taiwan: A Case Study of the Daode Yuan." Journal of Daoist Studies, 2 (2009): 137-164.
  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Jews in China." Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009, 1224-1227.
  • Ho, Wan-Li.  "Confucianism and Daoism." Liberation Theology within World Religions. Ed. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2008, 175-198.

  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Rice, Medicine, Nature: Women"s Environmentalist Activism and Interreligious Cooperation in Taiwan." Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women"s Theology and Religion. Eds. Kwok Pui-Lan, Jung-Ha Kim, et al. London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007, 231-251.
  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Respecting Our Ancestors: Christianity and the Confucian Tradition." Commonweal: A Review of Religion, Politics & Culture, Vol. CXXXII, 1 (2005): 10-11.
  • Ho, Wan-Li. (2003, October) "Environmental Protection as Religious Action: The Case of Taiwanese Buddhist Women." Eco-feminism and Globalization. Ed. Heather Eaton, Ed. Lois Ann Lorentzen. Philadelphia: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Company, 2003, 123-145.
  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Jews in China: A Dialogue in Slow-Motion." Journal of Ecumenical Studies - Special Issue on Contemporary Confucianism and Western Culture, 15.2 (2003): 171-200.
  • Li, Hong and Wan-Li Ho. "Learning Chinese Language and Culture with TV Drama- Introducing Access China." Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (ATCSL). Taipei: National Taiwan Normal University, 2012, 46-57.
  • Ho, Wan-Li.  "Listening Without Borders--Using the iTuesU to build Language Skills." Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Internet Chinese Education. Taipei:ROC Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, 2011, 288-293.


  • Ho, Wan-Li.  "Re-Constructing Content -- Based Language Instruction through Technology" Proceedings of the 6th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching. Columbus, OH: Ohio University, 2010, 100-103.
  • Ho, Wan-Li. "Designing Curriculum for Environmental Protection and Chinese Language Teaching." Proceedings from the 6th International Conference on Internet Chinese Education. Taipei: ROC Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, 2009, 584-589.

Online Project

"Chinese Beyond Emory," iTunesU, Emory University. 




This is a cultural project consisting of interviews from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. From this podcast archive, students learning Chinese can improve their listening comprehension skills while learning to distinguish differences between Asian cultures, Mandarin accents, grammar patterns and local dialects. In addition, this project has been expanded to encompass other cultural topics such as environmental protection and animal protection. It was created to be accessible to students at various levels of language learning ranging from intermediate through advanced.

"Environmental Chinese," Emory University.


The purpose of this blog is to combine topics of environmental/animal protection with Chinese language learning. The content within this blog includes an E-Book, Student Projects, and Podcasts. The E-Book contains various Chinese genres, from which students can learn about, and foster an awareness of, environmental/animal protection. The Student Projects contains various compositions written by students in intermediate level Chinese that discuss the relationship between nature and human living conditions. The Podcasts all relate to environmental/animal protection in China, Taiwan, Japan and Emory University.

Technological Project

  • Who's language is a culture project that consists of interviews form Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Professor Wan-Li Ho from Emory University asks native students and workplace professionals about local foods, schools, shops and famous buildings. From this audio archive, students of Chinese can improve their listening comprehension skills while learning to distinguish differences in Asian cultures, Mandarin accents, grammar patterns and local dialects. This project was completed in the summer of 2007.