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Zhuqing Li

Zhuqing Li

How to pronounce Zhuqing Li: joo-ching li (audio, Zhuqing is given name, Li is family name

Zhuqing Li Biography

Li Zhuqing is a professor at Brown University and a faculty curator at the University's Rockefeller Library. She is the author of four books in her academic discipline.

Zhuqing was born in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province on China's Southeast coast. The daughter of university professors, she spent many of her childhood years shuttled from one relative to another given that her parents had been exiled to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. Indeed, for part of that period, Zhuqing herself was sent to the countryside to be with her parents. By the time they were able to return to the city to resume their teaching, she was already in middle school. Then, at age 16, Zhuqing attended Zhongshan University, a 36-hour train ride from home. This disjointed life continued once Zhuqing graduated from university and was assigned by the state to teach English at a local college. Though she hoped to continue on to graduate school in China, her employer forbade it and refused to provide permission.

It was at that point that Aunt Jun, a relative from Taiwan who she never even knew existed, returned to China for a visit, and ultimately provided her a path to attend graduate school in the United States. Zhuqing would ultimately go on to earn a PhD in Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden, a longtime personal project, represents her first foray into family history and memoir. The book follows the extraordinary lives of her two maternal aunts, women whose experiences traced China's journey through war and upheaval across three quarters of the last century.

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