Zhu Xiao Di

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Zhu Xiao Di (Chinese: 朱小棣; pinyin: Zhū Xiǎodì; Wade–Giles: Chu Hsiao ti, born 1958) is a Chinese-American writer. He authored a novel, Tales of Judge Dee, a biographical work, Thirty Years in a Red House: A Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China, and a collection of essays in Chinese, Leisure Thoughts on Idle Books (闲书闲话).


Born in 1958 in Nanjing, China, Zhu Xiao Di is a graduate of MIT with a master's degree in City Planning (1991). He also received a master's degree in American Civilization from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1989.

Between 1992 and 1997, he worked at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. as a management consultant between 1995 and 1996. He has been at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University since 1997.


  • Thirty Years in a Red House (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998)
  • Tales of Judge Dee (stories about Judge Dee)
  • Leisure Thoughts on Idle Books (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2009; essays)