Hu Suhua (Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Central University for Nationalities, China), is currently Professor at the Institute for Chinese Minority Languages, Minzu University of China (formerly Central University for Nationalities). Her research interests include linguistic typology theories, syntax theories, and Yi-Burmese (Lolo-Burmese) group languages. She is also interested in Yi culture, oral history and genealogy. She has been working on both contemporary Yi language and classical Yi. Dr. Hu has extensive fieldwork experience and has conducted research on Burmese in Myanmar (Burma) and Akhanese in Thailand, which are both important languages of Lolo-Burmese group. She grew up in a traditional Yi family (her Yi name in Chinese characters is 罗洪依乌嫫) and her mother tongue is Yi. Professor Hu was a Visiting Scholar at HYI from 2009-2010, working on linguistic characteristics of the Yi classical scripture (指路经).