ROBERT H. SMITHERAM obtained his Ph.D. in classical Chinese literature at Stanford University in 1987 and has taught Chinese language and literature at Williams College, Wellesley College, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the designer of the HyperChinese series of computer-assisted language materials for Chinese, and has published extensively in the integration of non-Western, non-Roman language material into web and other multi-media computing projects.
TIANWEI XIE Assistant Professor of Chinese at California State University at Long Beach, obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 and has been teaching Chinese since 1985. His major research interest is in exploring the new ways of using the Internet in teaching Chinese. He has published articles and books in Linguistics and has developed textbooks and online-textbooks for learning conversation, animated characters and interactive grammar exercises. His web site "Learning Chinese Online" is one of the most welcomed sites for Chinese learners.
DE BAO XU Associate Professor of Chinese at Hamilton College, obtained his MA in Classical Chinese at Beijing Normal University in1985 and Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1991. He is the editor-in-chief (with James Huang) of Contemporary Linguistic Theory Series (8 volumes, 1993-1997) and author and co-author of several other books in Linguistics. Supported by Andrew Mellon Foundation, he has been developing (with Hong Gang Jin) multimedia Chinese teaching materials since 1993 and has published textbook series and CD-ROMs.