CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Expected Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Jinan, China
- M.A., Bowling Green State University, cross-cultural and international education
- M.A., Central South University, linguistics and applied linguistics
Areas of Interest
- Comparative and international education
- Study abroad
- Acculturative adjustment of international students
- Education and social justice
- Gender and development
- Poverty alleviation
As an only child of two intellectuals who run their own business, I grew up in a relatively underdeveloped region of China, and learned early the importance of education and hard work. As a child, I was introduced to stories of foreign countries by my parents, and I was fascinated by foreign lands, but my childhood passion was reading, so I chose English literature as my university major. After I graduated, I started teaching English as a Second Language and then became a program officer at the International Office of Shandong University where I was in charge of all the exchange and cooperative programs with more than 20 universities and institutions in South Korea.
When I was a program officer, my interests in international cultures, English language, and intercultural education converged and my knowledge of various cultures and international cooperation deepened. At the same time, I began to seek an opportunity to study abroad. In 2008, I enrolled in the master’s program in Cross-Cultural and International Education (MACIE) at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and after graduation I joined the Ph.D. program of comparative and international development education (CIDE) in 2010. My experience of studying abroad in the U.S. has been the most exciting of my life. Not only have I been exposed to a different culture, but I have also been inspired to do research in the field of international education. Through this experience, I became keenly aware of how social, economic, and cultural factors influence educational goals, means, and issues in any country of the world. I have also found that cross-cultural experience is necessary to build good understanding of and respect for different educational practices and philosophies. This in turn enables us to ultimately get a better knowledge of our own issues.
My current research interests focus on international education, especially internationalization of higher education and related critical issues in China and throughout Asia. My career objective is to undertake analyses and assessments of international education reforms and policies, and explore promising strategies for educational equity and social justice in the developing world, either as a scholar or as a practitioner in relevant fields.
Fry, G. W. & Bi, H. (2013). The evolution of educational reform in Thailand: The Thai educational paradox. Journal of Education and Administration, 51(3).
Bi, H. (2005). The ideal model of college English teaching: Computer-assisted instruction oriented by constructivism. College Times (Academics & Education), 25-26.
Bi, H. (2005). Several principles for good practice in graded teaching of college English. New Century Papers Collection, 22-26.
Bi, H. (2002). Comparison of two raising structures. Language, Culture, Education and Research, 69-71.
Bi, H. & Fry, G. W. (2013, March). Educational reform and regional disparities in Thailand. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES), New Orleans, Louisiana.
Bi, H. (2012, April). Women’s entrepreneurship, learning, and empowerment: A capabilities approach to microfinance in China. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Bi, H. (2012, February). Women’s entrepreneurship, learning, and empowerment: Assessing the impact of microfinance. Poster presentation at the Inaugural University of Minnesota International Research Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bi, H. (2011, May). Chinese graduate students’ attitudes toward persons with intellectual disabilities: An acculturation approach. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES), Montreal, Canada.
Bi, H. (2011, April). A cross-cultural study on Chinese graduate students’ attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Paper presented at 2011 Student Research Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fry, G. W. & Bi, H. (2011, March). Thai reactions to Western reporting of the Thai 2010 political crisis: The search to understand multiple “realities” and transcend misrepresentations. Paper presented at the 2011 joint Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bi, H. (2009, February). Cultural interpretation of gender stratification in education in rural China. Paper presented at the Ninth Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Conference, Miami University, Ohio.
Revised August 2013