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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.