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DeWoskin was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she attended the alternative Community High School. The daughter of a Sinology professor at the University of Michigan, she majored in English and studied Chinese at Columbia University in New York City. She went to Beijing in 1994 to work as a public-relations consultant and later starred in a Chinese nighttime soap opera, the hugely successful Foreign Babes in Beijing, which was watched by approximately 600 million viewers. DeWoskin played the character of Jiexi. As Reuters noted, the show was a "sort of Chinese counterpart to Sex and the City revolving around Chinese-Western culture clashes." At the time, she was one of the few foreign actresses working in mainland China and was considered a sex symbol.
DeWoskin returned to the United States in 1999 and earned a masters degree in poetry from Boston University. In 2005, W. W. Norton published her memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China. The New Yorker commented that "DeWoskin's cleverly layered account thus charts parallel culture clashes, one that she experiences as a Western woman in modern China, and the other, a TV-ready version of the first, tailored to Chinese expectations." Paramount Pictures purchased the film rights, and the project remains in production. The director and screen adaptor attached to the film is Alice Wu.
DeWoskin is also the author of three novels, Big Girl Small (FSG 2011) Repeat After Me (Overlook 2009), and Blind (Penguin 2014).
DeWoskin is married to playwright Zayd Dohrn, son of Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayers. They have two daughters, Dalin (b. 2004) and Light (b. 2007). She is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago. 
DeWoskin interview on Salon.com
DeWoskin interview with Columbia Magazine
NYTimes Review of Foreign Babes in Beijing