Ya-Wen Hsieh obtained her MSc in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2005. She also has a B.A in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Tsing Hua University. Before coming to Nazarbayev University in 2019, Ya-Wen Hsieh taught at the Language Center of National Taiwan University for 12 years and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology for 1 year. She also served as a lecturer at the Academic Writing Education Center of National Taiwan University, the Language Center and the Writing Center of the National Tsing Hua University.
Ya-Wen Hsieh received a certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Taiwan University in 2014. Her passion lies in language teaching (English and Mandarin) and translation (literary and multimedia translation). She has translated over 84 books, in collaboration with various publishers and worked as a translator, transcreator, copywriter, and editor for different translation agencies based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the U.K., and the U.S. Besides teaching, she works as an ESL book writer.