Dr. Dongmei Zeng received her B.A. in English from Northwest University in China, M.A. in English from Emporia State University in Kansas, M.A. in TESOL and D.A. in Foreign Language Instruction from Stony Brook University. She was formally associate professor in ESL at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY before joining the full-time faculty at Stony Brook University in 2008. She teaches courses in Mandarin Chinese, second language acquisition and methods in teaching Asian languages in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, where she also serves as Director of China Studies Program and Director of Summer Study Abroad in China Programs. Dr. Zeng has published a number of textbooks including Breaking Boundaries: A Content-Based Academic Reading and Writing Text (co-author) and Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners: An Introductory Text (author) and a series of articles in ESL professional journals and newsletters. She has presented widely on linguistic and cultural issues related to Chinese heritage language learners. Her current research interest is centered on Chinese heritage language maintenance and pedagogy.