Ji-li Jiang

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Ji-li Jiang
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Jiang in 2014.
Born (1954-02-02) February 2, 1954 (age 60)
Shanghai, China
Occupation Science teacher, writer
Language English
Ethnicity Chinese
Education Shanghai Teacher's College
Alma mater Shanghai University
University of Hawaii
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works Red Scarf Girl

Ji-li Jiang was born in 1954 and is the author of the memoir, Red Scarf Girl, as well as The Magical Monkey King. She grew up and lived in Shanghai, China in a large apartment with her family.

Early life[edit]

Ji-li Jiang lived in a large apartment with her father Henry O, her mother Ying-Chen, her brother Ji-yong, her sister Ji-yun and her grandmother. Her housekeeper, Song Po-Po, also lived with them. Ji-li was a star student until 1966, when Chairman Mao started the Cultural Revolution. When she was 13, her father was falsely accused of listening to foreign radio and was detained and forced to do hard labor by the Chinese government. Ji-Li was humiliated by her peers at school who blamed her for her family's "black", or "anticommunist" past, and prevented her from becoming a Red Successor, a person who will become a Red Guard when they are old enough. When the Revolution ended, Jiang, later followed by most of her family, moved to Hawaii. She then mastered English and wrote Red Scarf Girl, a memoir of her life during the Cultural Revolution. This shows Jiang's life during the cultural revolution as well as her normal life before it. She ended up winning many awards because of her book, Red Scarf Girl.Then she started writing other books.

Adulthood[edit]

Jiang graduated from Shanghai Teacher's College and Shanghai University before moving to Hawaii in 1984. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and began working as an operations analyst for a hotel chain. Later on Jiang became a budget director for a healthcare company in Chicago. In 1992, Jiang co-founded East West Exchange, promoting cultural exchange between western countries and China. In 2003, she started a nonprofit organization, Cultural Exchange International to continue and expand the cultural exchanges between the U.S., and Western countries. Ms. Jiang now lives in the Seattle area. On the back of some of the book editions, you will see this

"Ji-Li Jiang was born in Shanghai, China, in 1954. She graduated from Shanghai Teachers' College and Shanghai University, and was a science teacher before she came to the United States in 1984 (When she was 30) After her graduation from the University of Hawaii, Ms. Jiang worked as an operations analyst for a hotel chain in Hawaii, then as a budget director for a healthcare company in Chicago. In 1992, she started her own company, East West Exchange, to promote cultural exchange between Western countries and China.
Ms. Jiang lives in the Seattle area. Her memoir, Red Scarf Girl was published in 1998. She is also the author of The Magical Monkey King, a retelling of a traditional Chinese tale about the beginning of the trickster Monkey King's journey.'

More information about Ji-Li Jiang, her family, and her life, can be accessed here: http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/novelwise_ms/find/bytitlspdf/redscarfgirl_pdfs/red_s_g_stud_intro.pdf

Red Scarf Girl[edit]

Main article: Red Scarf Girl

Red Scarf Girl is a memoir written by Ji-li Jiang about the Cultural Revolution from a "black" family's point of view. It depicts her teenage years during the Cultural Revolution, and the humiliation her family suffered because Ji-Li's late grandfather was a landlord, therefore labeling her family "black" (the opposite of "Red", the color of Communism). Red Scarf Girl was published in 1998. This is Ji-Li's most known piece of writing.

Ji-Li and the Cultural Revolution[edit]

Ji-Li's goal was to expand the literature connections between China and the United States. She later stated that her release of Red Scarf Girl was to help with these connections.