Language Assistants and Mentors

For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

The Asian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning languages. These include the Chinese Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and Mentors who support language learning through weekly interactive activities and cultural events. The weekly Language Table is a shared meal which provides opportunities to informally practice speaking a range of with the Language Assistants, faculty members, and students. The Q&A sessions with the Language Mentor offer more support around the concepts of learning the language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Chinese Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Yuming Wang, Japanese Language Assistant

Yuming Wang, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hello, my name is Yuming Wang, and I am class of 2022. I was born in Nanjing, China and moved to Japan when I was eight. I'm a member of the ice hockey team, and I enjoy painting and watching anime in my spare time. As a language assistant, I hope to share my experience in Japan and make the learning process more enjoyable for everyone. Please feel free to talk to me outside of the review session or language table! I'm looking forward to learning Japanese with you all!

Huixuan (Christy) Pang

Huixuan (Christy) Pang, Language Assistant in Chinese

Hi! I'm Huixuan (Christy) Pang, a second-year student. I'm a from Jilin China. I am now studying German and willing to study French later. I love learning languages, and I enjoy playing the piano and hiking during my spare time. I am also a sponsor of the Girl up Club. I love teaching children from LEDCs as a volunteer. You are welcome to join us!

As the LA for the Chinese floor this year, I’d like to share my experience in China and make language fun of learning. Feel free to talk to me at any time. Hope to see you all!

Hinako Yamaguchi is standing in front of a bench and foliage.

Hinako Yamaguchi, Japanese Language Mentor

Hi, my name is Hinako Yamaguchi. I am a proud member of the Class of 2022 and am an intended religion major. I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but I spent the last 10 years in Yokohama, Japan. My hobby is to watch figure skating. I look forward to studying Japanese with all of you.

Yingke Yang, 2019

Yingke Yang, Mentor in Korean

안녕하세요, my name is Yingke Yang, a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with focuses on both South Korea and Japan. I’m from China, and I have been learning Korean since I was in middle school. During my college life, I have taken the five college Korean courses and attended the Five College Korean Speech Contest. Moreover, I spent one semester studying at Yonsei University in Seoul during my junior year, and I have also been to the summer school of Seoul National University.

As a Korean language mentor this year, I’m more than happy to share my experiences, my interest and knowledge of the Korean language and culture with you. For this semester, our Q&A session will be held from 7 to 8 pm every Wednesday and 6 to 7 pm every Thursday. I am looking forward to meeting with you.

Xinran (Lucy) Zhen, 2019

Xinran (Lucy) Zhen, Mentor and Language Assistant in Chinese

Hi, my name is Xinran (Lucy) Zhen. My major is Math, and I would probably choose IR as the second major. I am from Beijing, China. I love watching movies, playing sports and listening to music. I love learning languages and helping others do so. I'm looking forward to working with all of you who study Chinese this year.

Tiange (Skylar) Hou, 2019

Tiange (Skylar) Hou, Language Assistant in Chinese

I am Skylar and I grew up in Beijing, China. I am in the class of 2022. I am a French and Psychology & Education major, and I am especially interested in learning languages and cultures. In my free times I love reading, drawing, and snowboarding. I am really excited to meet you all and can’t wait to explore Chinese culture with you!

Language assistant Xinyue Wang

Xinyue Wang, Language Assistant in Chinese
Hello, my name is Xinyue Wang and I am a junior who is studying biochemistry. I am from Beijing, China. I enjoy spending time with my Christian ministry and my friends on campus. I really like learning different languages and I know how hard it can be when you start off. Due to my previous experiences receiving great tutoring, I look forward to helping a new group of people learning Chinese.

Konomi Hoshino holding a dog.


Konomi Hoshino, Language Assistant in Japanese

Hello, I'm Konomi Hoshino. I was born and raised in Mie prefecture, Japan. I'm an FP student and in the class of 2020. I'm major in International Relations and minor in Anthropology. I like to both watch and play any sports but especially I like to play badminton and tennis. Looking forward to enjoying the Japanese language and culture with you all!

Jasmine Fawzi, Arabic Language Mentor

Jasmine Fawzi, Arabic Language Mentor

Hi My name is Jasmine Fawzi, and I'm your Arabic mentor this year!

I am a junior double majoring in Biology and International Relations and am from Baghdad, Iraq.

I have been assisting the Arabic department for two years and love it! I am most familiar with the Iraqi, Levantine and Egyptian dialect and welcome any questions, any time!

Safa Jawad, Language Assistant in Arabic

Safa Jawad, Language Assistant in Arabic

Hi everyone, my name is Safa and I’m class of 2021. I major in Biochemistry and Psychology and I love working on the brain and just exploring the neurobiological processes. In my free time, I enjoy fashion shows, yoga and planning my next vacation. I was born in Iraq, but raised in America. I can speak a lot of the Arabic dialects because I grew up watching different middle eastern shows and traveling there as well, so I was exposed to them a lot. I’d love to meet you all and I will try my best to help you!

Qianxue Jin, Language Assistant in Japanese

Qianxue Jin, Language Assistant in Japanese

Hello, I am Qianxue Jin, and I am class of 2020. I’m majoring in Philosophy and East Asian Studies. I grew up as a bilingual in Chinese and Japanese. I returned from study abroad in Japan Women’s University in Tokyo and if you are interested in studying abroad there, please feel free to contact me. I am very excited to be a Japanese Language Assistant this year and I hope we can enjoy exploring Japanese together!

Nicole Jo ’23, Korean Language Mentor

Nicole Joh ’23, Language Assistant in Korean

안녕하세요! My name is Nicole Joh and I am a first year student. I am a Korean American from Los Angeles, California and I am intending on majoring in neuroscience and minoring in East Asian studies. I have a lot of interest in Korean culture and have been in a Korean traditional drum (samulnori) team for a little over 8 years now. If you ever want to learn how to play or want to know more about Korean drums, I’m the person to find! I am really excited to be working with students interested in Korean language and culture and look forward to this semester!

Yeji Seo

Yeji Seo, Korean Language Assistant

모두 안녕하세요! My name is Yeji Seo and I am your language assistant this semester. I grew up in Korea and lived in many different parts of the country. I love learning new languages and cultures like you guys so I am more than excited to work with you! It is always so interesting to know how the language you use shapes the way you think. I think learning new languages, exposing myself to new cultures, and meeting new people help me expand my perspective a lot. I hope to share many things about Korea with you this semester so please let me know if you have anything you want to talk about Korea.