Xinyi Tan - Coastal Carolina University
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Xinyi Tan

Assistant Professor, Chinese and French

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Brittian Hall 209

Fall 2021 Office Hours
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays(via ZOOM) 3:00-4:00pm
In-person appointments availiable upon request. 
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Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible." (In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there lay within me an invincible summer.") - Albert Camus


Originally from China, Xinyi Tan came to the U.S. for the first time in 2012 to pursue her B.A. in English Education. With a dissertation entitled Exotes en Asie Francophone: Francois Cheng, Ying Chen, Shan Sa, Kim Thúy, Victor Segalen, Xinyi Tan completed her PhD in French and Francophone Studies at Ohio State University in 2018. Her dissertation project examined the representations of otherness in five Asian Francophone authors' works and how their literary and theorectical ventures have contributed to the diversification of French literary culture. She recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Chinese and French at CCU where she is also the director of the Chinese language program. Dr. Tan is especially interested in how the self-other dynamic is negotiated in translingual/cultural texts by migrant authors from Quebec and France. She has interviewed two authors in her dissertation: Kim Thúy and Shan Sa; her interview with the former, entitled " De rescapée apatride à écrivaine Québécoise: entretien avec Kim Thúy", is published by the French Review. Inspired by the translingual authors in her research, she aspires to write her own stories in both English and French one day. With a certificate in Second Language Acquisition, Dr. Tan is also interested in implementing the theories of Input Processing for teaching grammar and vocabulary in her Chinese and French courses. She has recently presented at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium and at the 7th Meeting on Language Teaching Conference (MeLT 2018). 


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2018 with a Certificate in Second Language Acquisition 
M.A., Ohio State University, 2016
B.A., (dual degree), University of South Carolina - Upstate and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2014

Interseting Facts

Xinyi has a special connection with South Carolina, a place where she has put down roots. In fact, SC is her first home in the U.S. as an international student from China. In 2012, after completing two years of her undergraduate studies at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, she arrived at University of South Carolina-Upstate through a double-degree program. Before heading to Ohio for graduate school, she made a promise that she would return to SC as a professor one day. Her dream came true the day she took the offer from CCU. Xinyi's first publication, entitled " À Carolina, mon pays d'adoption, mon premier amour", is a poem in memory of her late best friend that she met on the campus of Upstate. Given her personal experience, Xinyi believes in the potential of public liberal arts universities like USC-Upstate and CCU in making a difference in their students' lives. As a professor and a language instructor, she is commited to broadening her students' horizons and showcasing the value of diversity in shaping our society through a fusion of her research and teaching at CCU.

Teaching Areas

French language and culture; Chinese language and culture; interdisciplinary courses

Research Areas

Francophone studies: Asian Francophone authors, migrant and transcutural literatures in Quebec and France - 20th-21st century French literature and culture - Second Language Acquisition (especially theories of Input Processing and its pedagogical implication in teaching grammar and vocabulary)