Moying Li grew up in Beijing, China during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution
(1966-1976). During that period, Moying was primarily self-taught,
following the reading lists her father, who had been a prominent screenwriter,
sent to her from a "hard labor camp." In 1977, when the China National Entrance
Examination system was finally reinstated for the first time in ten years,
Moying was among the first post-Cultural Revolution students to be accepted by
Beijing Foreign Studies University. Two years later, she was selected to
graduate ahead of schedule to join the faculty of her school.
In 1980, thanks to a generous scholarship and a plane ticket from Swarthmore College, Moying left Beijing where her family still lives, and traveled to the United States to pursue graduate studies. For the next ten years she immersed herself in what she had always craved, the unrestricted pursuit of knowledge.
One of the first private scholarship students from China since 1949 to attend a U.S. college or university, Moying earned an M.A. from Swarthmore College, a degree the school has only conferred every 15-20 years to the most qualified students. She then went on to receive an M.B.A and Ph.D. from Boston University.
Moying started publishing short stories, essays, and articles when she was still a college student in China. Her writings appeared in such publications as English Studies, English Literature, and Chinese Author. Her first book, Beacon Hill- Life and Times of a Neighborhood, (Northeastern University Press) won first prize, the prestigious "Julia Ward Howe Award," given by the Boston Authors Club, as the best book published in 2003 by a New England author.
Moying was the National Co-Anchor of the television show "English as Second Language" for China Central Television (CCTV), the largest television network in China. She also served as an Assistant Producer for programs with TV1 of France, as well as the Christian Science Monitor Televisions coverage of the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989.
Since 1994, Moying has been a Senor Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst with Marcus Capital Management, Inc., a Boston-based investment management firm. Prior to this position, she was Assistant Director of the International Department of the Massachusetts Port Authority. Moying began her professional career with the United Nations Development Programme in Beijing.
Moying also dedicates her time to several charities and non-profit organizations. She is President of the Boston-Hangzhou Sister City Association, and Treasurer and a Board Member of the Boston Authors Club. She is in governance position with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the American Club in Beijing, and is a member of the Pen American Club. She is China Advisor to the President of Swarthmore College, as well as being an active volunteer and China advisor to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals China program. She is also on the Allocation Sub-Committee of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. In addition, Moying and her husband are leading collectors of Chinese Imperial dragon robes. Works from their collection have been exhibited in Europe, North America and Asia. They were co-sponsors and exhibitors for the show, Draped in Dragons, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Moying has lectured and written widely on business and social issues in China. She has lectured at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the School of Management at Boston University, the Carroll School at Boston College, the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Export School, and the Beijing International society. She has been interviewed by, among others, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Business Week, The Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal on a variety of investment topics and her award-winning book on Beacon Hill.
This biography was last updated on 08/16/2011.
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Author Statement from Moying Li, Author of Snow Falling In Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution
I feel very fortunate that my memoir, Snow Falling In Spring will be published just a few
months before the 2008 Olympic Games, which will be held in the city of my birthBeijing.
As Pierre de Coubertin, the modern father of the Olympic Movement, once said, "The foundation of real human morality lies in mutual respectand to respect one another it is necessary to know one another." The 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the time leading up to it, offers an unprecedented chance for China to interact and communicate with the rest of the world.
Overall, from the increasing media focus to the fast-growing commercial and cultural interactions, it is evident that the world has fixed its eye on China for quite some time. This attention will only intensify with the Summer Olympics. Its estimated that 4.5 million people from around the world will visit Beijing in 2008, in addition to billions of others who will tune in via satellite television.
I believe that, in true Olympic spirit, a better understanding of human commonality and shared vision will emerge from this ...
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