Drs. Y.Z. (Yinzhi) Zhang

  • Docent
  • Chinese language

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2519
E-Mail: y.z.zhang@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China
Office Address: Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number 0.06

Fields of interest

My personal interests include Chinese language and culture, teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Dutch culture, Comparative culture, literature, translation, and new social media. As a Chinese native speaker teacher of TCFL based in the Netherlands, I believe that a wild interest in both sides of the world is as important as professional skills in carrying out your work professionally and interestingly.


1980-1986: Hangzhou Foreign Language School, Hangzhou, China
1986-1991: Dutch Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands (MA)

1992-present: Lecturer, Department of Chinese Languages and Cultures, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Key publications

“The First Dutch Translation of the 18th Century Chinese Novel Dream of the Red Chamber”, Research Journal for Dream of the Red Chamber, Beijing, 2005 

“The Narrative Structure of  the 18th Century Chinese Novel Footprints of Immortals on the Green Field”,  Research Journal for Novels of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing, 2006

Panorama Holland 2, the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, 2006


A range of BA and MA Mandarin courses of all levels
Classic Chinese
Economic Chinese
Chinese weblogs
Coordinator of BA2& BA3 language courses

PhD supervision

Co-supervisor with A. Keijser, for MA students of Dutch Studies in the field of Literary translation Dutch-Chinese

Grants and awards

Surfnet, Dutch Educational Innovative Grant for 3D OpenSim Project in Chinese Language Teaching, 2010

Administration and service to the profession

Guest teachers supervision, 1996-present
Exam Committee (chair), 2001
OLC (teaching quality commission, member), 2007-present
Confucius Institute of Leiden University (vice-director), 2011-present

Last Modified: 11-12-2015