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Wan-Li HoSenior Lecturer, Chinese

I received my B.A. in Chinese Literature from Tunghai University in Taiwan. My Masters and Ph.D degrees were completed in the Department of Religion at Temple University. I joined Emory College as Chinese language faculty in 2001 and retired in 2016.

At Emory, I taught Chinese language courses at all levels, and also courses such as Women and Religion in China, Mind and Body in China, etc. Teaching is my calling, and I won several teaching awards at Emory, such as the Winship Award (2008-2009) for research and pedagogy, and the ECLC Excellence in Teaching Award (2014). One of my teaching interests was combining  the topics of environmental/animal protection with Chinese language learning, which was developed in my online project “Environmental Chinese”  (

My research interests were Inter-Religious Dialogue, Environmental Ethics, Ecofeminism, and Taiwan Studies. Through my research, I discovered beautiful intersections of these areas in the works and practices of six NGOs in Taiwan, which I described as “ecofamilism” in my book Ecofamilism: Women, Religion and Environmental Protection in Taiwan (2016). This book has been updated and translated into Chinese under the title of Taiwan shengtai jiating: Liuge nvxing, huanbao yu shehui yundong de minjian dianfan 台灣生態家庭:六個女性、環保與社會運動的民間典範 and published in Taiwan in 2023. I hope to elucidate the theory of ecofamilism and its praxis through this book and start a creative and productive dialogue on ecofeminism from various nontraditional perspectives.

Additionally, I co-authored a series entitled Access China – An Interactive Classroom Video Course for Chinese Learning, Volumes 1-6 (2012), and The Tao of Jesus: An Experiment in Inter-Religious Understanding (1998). Several other articles and essays have appeared in journals such as Journal of Ecumenical Studies and Journal of Daoist Studies and as book chapters.