Summer '04, in Hong Kong
|I was born in Hefei, Anhui Province, the People's Republic of China, but I lived in Beijing for the most of the time in my life. (See map of China.) I went to college in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and graduated with a B.A. in British and American Literature from the Department of English there. Then, I went on studying for a Master's degree in Contemporary American Literature at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. After that, I worked at the Institute of American Studies (at CASS) as a research fellow, translating works of literature from English to Chinese and writing reviews on classic and contemporary literature. I came to the United States in 1987, after a professor at Smith College told me that I should come and take a look at Smith College. I came, I took a look at it, and I ended up staying, as many of my fellow Chinese did. Ever since I left Smith College, I've been teaching (in private schools as well as public schools). Now I'm teaching in Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. I try to find time for reading and writing. When I don't write, I translate — in other words, I steal from greater minds to fill my own, as well as to fill those of others'.|
With my mother and brother.
Reading an appeal for volunteer labor,
during the Cultural Revolution.