Daoxiong Guan

Daoxiong Guan
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis; M.A., Nanjing University (China)


Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program

Specialization: Chinese Language & Chinese Classical Literature

Office: HSSB 2241



Daoxiong Guan is a senior lecturer of the Chinese Language Program. Over the past 20+ years at UCSB, he has taught Chinese courses at all levels in different subjects, including Modern Chinese (elementary, intermediate and advanced levels), Modern Chinese for Heritage Speakers (elementary and intermediate levels), Conversational Chinese (intermediate-low and advanced levels), Reading and Writing in Chinese, Business Chinese (intermediate and advanced levels) and Classical Chinese. His research interests mainly focus on two areas: Business Chinese and classical Chinese literature. Before coming to UCSB, he taught at the University of Oregon, Washington University, and Nanjing University (China) where he has been a concurrent associate professor since 1997. He is an academic advisor for the Overseas Chinese Language Research Center at Jinan University in China since 2007. In 2010, he has become the advisory committee member at the Center for International Business Chinese Education & Resources Development (Shanghai) in Shanghai University of Finance & Economics (SUFE), China.



  • Business Chinese Language  Teaching and Research from a Global Perspective (Co-editing), Peking University Press, Beijing, China, 2017.
  • Business Chinese 101, Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press, Beijing, China, 2015.
  • Learning Business Chinese via Real Business Cases for English Speakers (co-editing), Higher Education Press, Beijing, China (vol.I & II, 2016; vol. III, 2017).
  •  Learning Business Chinese via Real Business Cases (co-editing), Higher Education Press, Beijing, China, 2013.
  • A Selection of Gong Zizhen’s Poems and Essays: Annotations and Modern Chinese Translation (co-author). Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, Nanjing, China, 2011.
  • Ok! Business Chinese:OK! 비즈니스 중국어 (Korean edition), Seoul: Darakwon Inc. 2008 (2nd edition with exemplary answers), 2002 (1st edition)
  • A Practical Business Chinese Reader (3rd edition, 2 volumes). Beijing: Peking (Beijing) University Press, 2018 (2000 1st edition/2013 2nd edition)
  • The Introduction to Ancient Chinese Culture (chapters 1, 6, and 12). Changsha: Yuelu Shushe (Yuelu Publishing House), 1995.

Selected Articles

  • “Application of Translation Tasks in Business Chinese Instruction”. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Vol. 1, June 2012, Taipei, Taiwan; pp 6-17
  • “Case-based Teaching Materials for Business Chinese and Teaching Approach”. The Proceedings of International Conference on Case-based Business Chinese Teaching and Cross-cultural Communication, Shanghai, 2012; pp 18-26; print.
  • “Task Types and Design in Business Chinese Instruction.” (Co-author) International Chinese Language Education, 2010 Vol. 1, Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press Beijing, China; pp 40-49.
  • “The Definition, Contents and Open-ended Framework of a Business Chinese Textbook.” International Chinese Language Teaching & Learning, 2006 Vol. 2, Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press, Beijing; also in the Selected Papers from the 8th International Forum of Chinese Language Teaching, High Education Press, Beijing, 2007, 663-668
  • “Ji Yun’s Views on History of Chinese Literature.” Literary Review Series 1 (Nanjing, China), 2001.
  • A Classical Chinese Literature Reader (Major contributor). Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 1999.
  • “The Literary Theory of Gongan School in the Late Ming Period.” Academic Journal of Nanjing University , 1999 Vol.2, 113-121.
  • “Book Review: Wenxuan, A Translation and Annotations (Vol.3) by David R. Knechtges.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.” China Review International 5(1), 1998, 165-168.

Courses Taught

  • Chinese 1-2-3 : Elementary Chinese
  • Chinese 4-5-6 : Intermediate Chinese
  • Chinese 125: Business Chinese