Lan-Hui Z Ryder

I must say, it is destiny that has led me to teaching Chinese at NIU. After two years working as a reporter for a Chinese TV station and major newspaper, followed by one year at an investment bank in Hainan, China, I came to the United States in pursuit of a business degree and planning a business career. Although I accomplished the first part, the second part finally yielded to my passions for my native language. Thus, my short-term romance with a one-year teaching job has turned into a long-term relationship.

My Chinese friends call me Lan-Hui, meaning sunshine; American friends call me Lani (short for Lan-Hui), it means a girl with flowery fragrance. Those words are so vivid to me that I can smell, feel and touch them. That is how Chinese language sounds and looks to me. I hope my students someday can truly appreciate this ancient – yet still very much alive – language the way I do.

I normally spend two months in China during the summer visiting my family. So, my dear friends and students, if you ever happen to be there as well, email me; I will surely take you to a “dumpling house” with choices of at least twenty different types of dumplings.


Lan-Hui Z Ryder
Office: WH 310
P: 815-753-6458


Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
M.B.A., Northern Illinois University, International Marketing
M.S., Northern Illinois University, Management Information Systems
B.A., Beijing Normal University, Chinese Language and Literature

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