Ling Cai is an Associate Teaching Professor of Chinese. She received her BA at Beijing Normal University, China, and studied at both La Trobe University in Australia and Iowa State University for her Master’s degree in second language acquisition. Before becoming a faculty member at Iowa State University in 2005, she has taught Chinese as a second language in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Her research interests are the psychology and methodology of foreign language learning, Etymological knowledge development, cognitive processing of Chinese characters, and Chinese folk culture and folklore. Outside of teaching, she enjoys badminton, yoga and traveling.