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About Jinhuei Enya Dai 戴金惠

Professor Dai joined the Institute after teaching at Middlebury College Chinese Summer Program and University of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2001, she received Board award and National Foreign Language Resource Center Scholarship to attend Teaching Chinese Program at Ohio State University. In 2001-2002 she received a DAAD Fellowship from the German government for conducting her dissertation research in Heidelberg. Her dissertation examines conceptualization and cognitive relativism in Chinese, in comparison with German and English. In the summer of 2002, she received fellowship from Linguistic Society of America to join Special Linguistics Program at University of Düsselforf. She later taught at University of California, Santa Barbara. She was awarded a whole-year dissertation fellowship to complete her dissertation in 2004-2005. In 2005, she was awarded University of Hawai’i National Foreign Language Resource Center stipend to join Chinese Pragmatics Workshop. She became a visiting scholar and conducting research in cognitive linguistics at University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Dai has taught Chinese language and culture at various universities in United States, for example, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College Chinese Summer Program, and Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Her recent research interests involve Chinatown project, Chinese heritage acquisition, Content-based instruction, technology and individualized language instruction; she has published two articles by University of Hawai’i in 2007, “’Love you’ doesn’t mean ‘I love you’: Just a Way to Say Goodbye: The Nature of Leave-Taking in Mandarin Chinese”; and “What are CHL learners inheriting: Habitus of CHL learners”


Present Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies Program, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Cognitive linguistics, Chinese cognition linguistics, Chinese as a heritage language, Chinese and Taiwanese popular culture, Discourse analysis, and Linguistic anthropology

Honors and Awards

  • MIIS Mark Lundeen Award (Spring and Fall 2008)
  • MIIS Academic Excellence Award (Fall 2008)


  • Art of Sunzi: Applied Political &Business Studies
  • Methodology & Material Development Chinese

Contact Information

Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-6570


Books (1)

Contributions to Books (3)

Conferences (1)