B.A. SUNY Oswego,
Ph.D. University of Buffalo
Fall 2013: Dr. Csete is teaching:
CHIN 101 B: Elem Chinese
I am from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Non-Western History, and earned my PhD in Chinese history from the University of Buffalo. As a graduate student I spent three years as an exchange student in China, where I traveled widely from Kashgar to Hainan to Manchuria. My dissertation was on the history of Hainan Island, and my research still focuses on the history of this beautiful island. During my sabbatical in 2003 I spent a semester in Kong Kong teaching and studying. There I had time to read and translate Tang and Song poetry, which has developed into a hobby of mine. I love studying history because learning about the past teaches me more about how to understand the serious issues facing us – especially environmental degradation, military conflicts, injustice and poverty. Studying history also helps me to understand how we as a nation and global community have ended up where we are now. But the bottom line is, I find the study of history enjoyable. I love the stories in history—I come from a long line of story-tellers, and history is full of great stories. China, with a recorded history of thousands of years, offers a lifetime’s worth of great stories! Here at St. Lawrence I teach survey courses in Early and Modern East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia), Modern Japan, Early and Modern China, and a course on Japan and the U.S. during World War II. Since 2004 I have also been teaching in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department as their elementary Mandarin Chinese instructor. I have always loved libraries and lecture halls, reading, studying and learning. Also, I appreciate how many opportunities there are at a university to explore. For example, I play clarinet in the Concert Band in our Music Department, I studied Russian for a year in the Modern Languages Department, I’ve taken riding lessons at SLU’s riding stables, and someday I’d like to take a course in Astronomy… When I am not working, I am usually at the stables with my three horses, or in my flower garden, where my cats are good at lazing around in the catnip patch showing me the virtues of not working too hard!