Xiaoying Juliette Yuan

Xiaoying Juliette Y.

Lincroft, NJ

About Xiaoying Juliette Y.

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Xiaoying Juliette teaches: Ages 5 to 30
Teaching since: 1994
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I am a trilingual art curator with a lifelong passion for languages and teaching.

On TakeLessons, I'm teaching two language courses through art: Chinese Mandarin and French.

From college time to the present, I have taught many people Chinese Mandarin, French language and art history in different countries. My students ranged from kids to adults, from European or American-born Chinese to Western expats living abroad. I love to share my knowledge with people who need it, help them to discover their real passion, improve their skills, and find their way to achieving their goals.

My students learn a second language by observing and interpreting modern and contemporary artworks. They discover paintings, sculptures, photography, animation, video, film and the artworks made with the cutting-edge technologies, learn to describe an artwork from the simplest words such as colors, forms, numbers to the most complex art critic writings. With art, language learning becomes easy, fun, highly visualized and interactive. Art gives the language learners the chance to explore the most their sensitivity with words, to think out of the box so they can develop the most wonderful imagination and creativity in the most natural way. Everyone could be a language geek AND an art talent. I wish I am the person who helps you to discover your hidden talents, have the freedom to express yourself in all languages you want to people you love and care about.

For more details about the two courses, please check my pages Chinese and French on TakeLessons. I'm currently teaching the two courses at The Language School (French, Red Bank) and Huaxia South Chinese School (Mandarin, Middletown) in New Jersey at my spare time.


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Current student's homework (8th Grade)


Art Curator/Consultant

Sep 2004 - Present

Xiaoying Juliette Yuan is a curator and consultant focusing on the alliance of art, science, and technology.

From 2004 to the present, she has organized numerous large-scale exhibitions, conferences, and educational workshops for international biennials and festivals and worked with international art fairs, academies, and institutions. As a trilingual researcher, she has widely published in art magazines and journals and lectured at conferences and academies.

In 2012, she was appointed the curator for "Syncretic Cybernetics," the first retrospective of Roy Ascott, the British pioneer in the telematic art within the 9th Shanghai Biennale in China. The exhibition introduced the master's great theory and art practice to China, facilitated a series of close collaborations between the two parties in the following years.

In 2011-2013, she accomplished a large publication project, “Media Arts Collection” introducing a group of Western media art pioneers’ writings to China. Today, these writings are still considered an important contribution to the media arts world in China.

In 2013, she organized a screening program for the New York-based notable non-profit art organization, Havestwork’s New York Electronic Festival (NYEAF), presenting a series of sound and visual works from a group of emerging artists from China Mainland.

In 2015, collaborating again with NYEAF, she brought five pioneer artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong to showcase their sound projects, among whom Samson Young was nominated the representative artist for Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Her work received significant support from the Ministry of Culture in Taipei, TECO Taipei Cultural Center (New York), and the Museum of the Moving Image (New York).

In 2016, she initiated the "Digital Art Collection Club (DACC)," presenting a series of small-scale symposiums focusing on the digital art education and collection.

Xiaoying is constantly interested in artists’ creative processes in the specific field of art and technology as well as the curators’ role in such processes.

Language teaching/tutoring

Feb 1994 - Present

Born in Beijing to one of the most influential families in the traditional Chinese medicine, Xiaoying began to study Chinese classical literature and the English language at preschool age. She soon developed a strong sensitivity to the subtlety of words and a deep appreciation for the freedom of expressing oneself in different languages.

She had her first language teaching experience in college, at the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University, providing private Mandarin class to French corporates in Beijing. This part-time teaching job was rewarded by a long-term position at the Air France Beijing Delegation at her graduation from the college. In the last two decades, Xiaoying has been teaching Mandarin, French, and English, or in the three languages on numerous occasions in different countries. Her students have ranged from teenagers to adults, from Western-born Chinese to international expats living abroad. Specialized in art and literature, her teaching philosophy emphasizes on the refinement of language, inspiring the learners to express themselves with accuracy and authenticity by embracing the power of art and literature.


Ph.D of Arts and Media

Oct 2010 - Jul 2016
Plymouth University (UK)

Visiting Scholar | Music and Performing Arts Professions

Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Master of General & Comparative Literature

Sep 1999 - Jul 2001
University of Paris III - La Sorbonne Nouvelle

Bachelor of French Language

Sep 1993 - Jul 1997
China Foreign Affairs University

Languages Spoken

Chinese Mandarin

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Xiaoying Juliette Y.

David Nov 28, 2016
French · In studio
She is the best French Tutor ever!
Stefani Nov 27, 2016
In studio
Xiaoying was invited to be a critic for my student’s final projects for the graduate course Temporary Expert: Design, Science + The Anthropocene in the ITP Program at NYU. She was tasked with giving constructive criticism on both the conceptual and technical merits of the projects. The students were extremely grateful for her input because of her keen insight and valuable contributions on how to grow their work to new levels, think about the audience’s perception and participation and better articulate their ideas.
Jess Nov 18, 2016
Art History · In studio
Xiaoying gave a great lecture about sound art in China to my class at SVA last year. She presented some amazing, interesting, and enlightening sound art projects from Chinese artists, and had a lively discussion with my students. The students really appreciated the presentation and definitely got a lot out of it, expanding their horizons on contemporary sound art. It was a valuable addition to the course material and the students took a lot away from it -
Millie Nov 10, 2016
In studio
Juliette Xiaoying Yuan is a curator, writer and researcher focused on media arts with a distinct and important overview on comparative contemporary practice in East Asia, Europe and North America. It is this valuable knowledge base and perspective that gives her a critical voice in the analysis of contemporary art on a global scale. For these reasons, I invited Juliette Xiaoying Yuan to the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, to become a scholar-in-residence during Spring 2012, and commissioned her to write a critical essay for the publication Translation: Buffalo Beijing, which examines the complexities of cross-cultural collaborative art making. Juliette Xiaoying Yuan is a thinker and producer who I would be delighted to continue working with in the future.
Adam Oct 24, 2016
Chinese · In studio
I think that Ms. Xiaoying is an excellent teacher. I like her Chinese lessons along with drawings. They really help me think "out of the box" with questions such as "Why did the artist paint this?" or "How do you think this painting affects others?", and trust me, when you're looking at the abstract art she chose (which are tough), that really requires a lot of thinking. Overall, I really enjoyed the classes, and I think that any student would, too.
Vivian Oct 19, 2016
Chinese · In studio
I and my husband started looking for Chinese language tutor for our son Raymond (now 5 years old) a couple of years ago. After we tried with a few private tutors and schools, we've been introduced to Xiaoying whose art program seemed to be interesting to us. We started with her a few months ago. Raymond liked her class immediately, especially the art part! He told me that her class was fun because he got to see many colorful paintings and animations. Xiaoying actually uses paintings and animations to teach kids how to name colors, forms, numbers in Chinese. What I like the most in her teaching is that she can always explain things in a very simple and explicit way. This is very important because Chinese language is complicated! Her homework is also different from other teachers. Sometimes it requires parents to spend time with kids and work with them. I and my husband actually like that part. We get the chance to do fun things with our son, and sometimes we learn new things as well. I couldn't realize that even with a very basic and simple Chinese, we can still tell a nice story about a painting. It all depends on how we use the words. My kid is too young to realize this, but he definitely enjoys Xiaoying's class and sometimes the Chinese words he says really surprise me! I'm happy with Xiaoying's class! - Vivian Wang, New York
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