Kai Li (Chinese: 李恺, Lǐ Kǎi), known to students as 李老师 (Li laoshi), has been the Senior Lecturer in Chinese at Oberlin since 1993.
During the 2009-10 School year, Professor Li will teach Chinese 400 and Chinese 500, the newly introduced addition to the Chinese Program at Oberlin. He will also continue to teach calligraphy.
Professor Li is known to make many jokes in class, particularly towards Oberlin Students' propensity for drinking and smoking pot.
Professor Li graduated from Beijing Normal University in 1969, post-Cultural Revolution and was one of the first teaching ambassadors to the US after formal recognition of the PRC as the governing body of China.
He taught at Middlebury's intensive summer program for ten years in the 1990s.
He and Liu laoshi are one of Oberlin's many professor couples.
Trans: "Good sentences, but we know they're not correct. She's done bad things; she's been to Beijing; he smokes pot..."
--in 301 (fall 2005)
"多学习，多喝啤酒！“ Study more, drink more beer !
Fantastic, eager to explain things, funny, likeable, great to have as a professor. —alxndr 17:04, 27 February 2006 (EST)