Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
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1956 – He was born on the 21st day of February this year in Liaoning, China.
1969 – He joined the Chinese liberation army during the Cultural Revolution.
1981 – He graduated from Heilongjiang University with a Bachelor’s degree in English studies, and three years later obtained his Masters in Anglo-American literature at Shandong University.
1992 – He was on scholarship at Brandeis University, in the United States, when the 1989 Tiananmen incident happened. The Chinese government’s forcible put-down hastened his decision to emigrate. He remained in the United States after his Ph.D.
1996 – His Ocean of Words has been awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award.
1997 – His collection under “The Red Flag” won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction,
1999 – He sets many of his stories and novels in China, in the fictional Muji City. He has won a number of awards for his writing, including the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel, “Waiting” for this year.
2004 – His novel War Trash set in the Korean War, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
2007 – He currently teaches at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. He formerly taught at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.