Colleen Berry (Modern and Classical Languages). Colleen received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Before she arrived at UND, she taught Chinese and Japanese language, as well as Chinese literature and Chinese civilization classes at the University of Manitoba. Her areas of interest are Modern and Classical Chinese literature, Second Language Acquisition, Gender Studies, and various aspects of Chinese history and culture.
Colleen worked as a tour director in China over a twelve year span, leading a total of forty-three tours. She has spent more than ten years living, working, and studying in China, Taiwan and Japan. As a graduate student at Indiana (Bloomington), she was selected as a recipient of the Leiber Award for Outstanding Teaching for her work as a Assistant Instructor in Chinese language classes. Her current research interests focus on the work of the modern Hong Kong writer, Lilian Lee (Li Bihua) and on the intersection of classical and modern Chinese literature in Lee’s works.