Projects —

    Sinophone Studies And Design Pedagogy in Transregional, Transnational, Transcultural, Translingual Contexts   

    Platform Education

    Post-Radical Pedagogy

    Tactic as Art: Everyday Digital Resistance and Covid-19 in China

    Teacher’s Project
Emergency Remote Teaching: 
Diagrammatic Field Notes

    Data Beyond Vision

    Textual Analysis of Graphic Design Program Descriptions

    Cultral Probes / Design Research for Health Care

Weighing Lightness 

Digital Humanities — 



Seeing Through Languages 

Pedagogical Interventions in Transcultural and Translingual Contexts

Using language as a lens to complicate pedagogical practice, my talk questions neutrality and implicit biases in teaching and examines the sometimes unconscious submission to the hegemony of English and the enduring legacies of colonial powers.

Language is entangled with the practice of design and teaching as both an instructional medium and material to create with, but it is also burdened with various forms of supremacies. Rey Chow, in her discussion of languaging as a postcolonial experience, describes it as a “double disfigurement,” where language tone, akin to skin tone, is “a defective correction of something already deemed defective”. Speaking the language of whiteness becomes an unattainable proxy to the unattainable whiteness. I will share observations and pedagogical interventions that utilize language as a lens to decenter colonial episteme, and ways of attending to polyphony and dissonance in classrooms as sites of generative learning.

Li, Xinyi. “Seeing Through Languages: Pedagogical Interventions in Transcultural and Translingual Contexts”  Paper presented at the AIGA National Conference, Design Educators Community Symposium Lens, New York, October 12th, 2023