Chinese as an essential business language, Cultural contrasts in languages of business
Chinese, Chinese Intensive
Min Xue is a clinical professor of Chinese at Thunderbird School of Global Management and the coordinator of all the Chinese programs at Thunderbird. His areas of expertise include the Chinese language as an essential business language and the cultural contrasts in languages of business.
Professor Xue has taught Chinese for more than ten years and joined Thunderbird in 2004. He started his career in Chinese instruction at the School of Overseas Education, Sichuan University, offering classes to international students.
While he was pursuing his graduate degree in Canada, he was also working at the East Asian Department, University of Alberta. He taught students Mandarin Chinese at different proficiency levels. In addition to teaching, Xue was also involved in other language-related work. He was the Chinese/English translation consultant for Alberta Provincial Government in Edmonton and a software company in Calgary.
His academic interest, besides teaching, is also in material development, curriculum development, business Chinese, and Chinese business culture. Professor Xue’s expertise in this area includes his belief that cultural differences are critical to both understanding and full communication in either a global business or personal context.
His language and communication expertise has been gained through his immersion in the rich Chinese/Asian culture and complemented with many years as a resident of western Canada and the United States. He has used these lessons and experiences to help future business leaders understand and adapt to the differences between the largely English-speaking business customs of North America and China’s predominantly Mandarin-dialect business protocol.
He received his BA in English and MA in linguistics from Sichuan University, China. He also holds an MLIS degree in the faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada.