Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., is teaching modern Chinese language, culture, and literature at UMass Lowell. Her work experience is long and varied, ranging from teaching, advising, translating, interpreting, and consulting. With a BA in English (language and literature) in China, MA in American Studies, and Ph. D. in (Human) Geography in the U. S., Dr. Rioux has a good understanding of cultural differences and challenges. Enhancing cross-cultural understanding has always been her passion. She has initiated and participated in cultural exchange programs, and has been invited to relevant guest lectures. She has published both in the English and the Chinese languages. Her research interests range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.