FIYou: Li Ma

Name: Li Ma, but better known as Ma Li – the Chinese put family name first to show respect to our ancestors.

Hometown: Hangzhou, P.R. China

Job Title/Department: Instructor of Chinese, Modern Languages/Asian Studies

Campus: Modesto A. Maidique Campus

In a nutshell: I teach Chinese and about Chinese culture to graduate and undergraduate students; coordinate and promote the FIU Chinese program; and organize an annual Chinese speech contest, Chinese proficiency test and summer study abroad program in China.

Number of years at FIU: 4

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My students. They somehow manage to make me smile even on a bad day.

What do you think students and your fellow faculty/staff should know about your department?

That we have extremely hard-working faculty to ensure the success of our students.

Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

My office. It has to be because you can always find me there.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about FIU?

It’s a great place to teach.

Family snapshot:

I was happily engaged in February. All family, relatives and childhood friends are in China.

Word that best describes you: Teacherly. I often can’t help but start a sentence with, “You should…”.

First paying job: This one.

Favorite TV show: Curb Your Enthusiasm. I think we’ve all had a Larry David moment or two in our lives.

What is playing on your iPod?

“All the Right Moves” by OneRepublic.

Your proudest accomplishment:

I will complete my doctoral degree this August.

What do you do when you are not working at FIU?

Entertaining or being entertained by friends. Watching movies. Keeping fit.


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