Dr Yan Wen-Thornton
Having been educated and lived in both China and the UK, Dr Yan has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture and history in both the East and the West.
She joined University of Exeter in 2009 and she has been involved in teaching, examination and marking for Chinese modules at different levels including Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. She has also been involved in designing and teaching new modules in Business Chinese, which have been positively received by students.
Furthermore, Dr Yan has been regularly involved in delivering preparatory intensive courses in Chinese culture and Chinese language for students who take summer courses in China and also TESOL programmes.
Yan obtained her PhD in Management studies at the University of Exeter and has been promoted as a lecturer and co-ordinator for Asian languages. External examiner for York St John University and Keele University.
Office hours: Mondays 2-3 pm
Yan spent three years for her PhD studies in the University of Exeter and her PhD research is the first longitudinal study of Chinese women entrepreneurs ever conducted which focused specifically on the Chinese government economic reform periods over three decades since 1978. Chinese women entrepreneurs were investigated for an in-depth interview, using narrative approaches, in a qualitative research methodology. She analysed and found how Chinese tranditional culture, Communism government policy and massive domestic market demand influenced Chinese women’s entrepreneurial identity and motivation.
Yan is interested in gender, marriage, work-family conflicts, entrepreneurship, ethnic and cultural orientation. Also, she is interested in qualitative methodology research, including oral histories, narratives, storytelling, thematic , content analysis and discourse analysis.