Marcus Larsen-Strecker

China Instructor

M.A. Graduate Program in Translation and Interpretation, National Taiwan University
B.A. International Relations and Asian Studies, Tufts University

Marcus began studying Mandarin in fifth grade, and his passion for the languages and cultures of China has grown stronger ever since. Since starting his Mandarin studies over fifteen years ago, Marcus has travelled extensively throughout China. His travels have taken him to Inner Mongolia and Ningxia to teach breakdancing and math in rural schools, to Xi’an as an exchange student at a local high school, and to Kunming as a translator for a local NGO working for the civil rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. Most recently, Marcus led the Dragons 4-week Chinese language course during the summer of 2017 as well as the fall 2017 Mekong semester.

Meanwhile, Marcus has been pursuing a Masters degree in Chinese and English Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, where he has been living for the past five years. When he is not pursuing his love of languages or leading a Dragons course, Marcus fills his free time with yoga classes – and often more yoga classes – but has been known to dabble in morning “guangchang wu” (Chinese dance aerobics held in parks and public squares) when the opportunity arises.