Master of Arts, History, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 1987-1990
• Thesis title: An American Missionary Compound in Baoding, North China, During the Boxers’ Rebellion in 1900, Supervisor: Dr. Saudi
Master of Law, Journalism, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China 1984-1987
• Thesis title: Issues in Presenting Everyday Life in China to Overseas Readers. Supervisor: Rui Wanru
Diploma in International Business Administration, UCLA – China program, Institute of International Business Administration, Beijing, China, 1983-1984
Bachelor of Arts, English, Shanxi Teachers University, Shanxi, China 1978-1982
Yan Li has worked as an instructor, freelancer, and translator in China before coming to Canada in 1987. She started teaching at Renison since 1997 and has taught courses in Chinese culture, history, literature, and language.
Awards, Distinctions and Fellowships
- 2014, “Award for Outstanding Contribution”, issued by the Society of New Immigrant Chinese Literature in the World, November 14, in Nanchang , China.
- 2014, Keynote Speaker and Reader at 35th International Festival of Authors, on Oct. 26, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Canada.
- 2013, Featured at Canadian Women Suffrage and Beyond
- 2011, Excellent Overseas Chinese Teacher Award, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, China.
- 2010, Achievement Award, Chinese Women’s Association of Canada, March 8.
- 2010, Top 10 Best Novels in China, January, Sina Website.
- 2009, Outstanding Overseas Chinese Teacher Award, Chinese Culture and Education Society, Canada.
- 2002, Literature Medal for Overseas Chinese Writer, Chinese Writers and Artists Association, Taiwan.
- 1996, Women of the Year in Art/History/Literature, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
- 1996, Finalist for Books in Canada's First Novel Award
- 1990, Delta Kappa Gamma Fellowship Award by American Women Educators’ Association
Funding and Grants
- Grants for professional writers and literature events:
2013 Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Writing and Publishing
2010 Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Writing and Publishing
2008 Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Writing and Publishing
2005 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Writers Reserve
2004 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Literary Event
2003 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Literary Event
2002 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Literary Event
2002 Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Writing and Publishing
2000 Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Writing and Publishing
1998 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Works in Profess
1998 Ontario Arts Council: Grant for Writers Reserve
- As Vice-President, Chinese Pen Society of Canada, 2002-2007, organized a number of literature events in Toronto.
- As judge for national and provincial Chinese contests, 2005-2015
- As Director of the CI, sponsored Chinese teaching and cultural events locally and in nearby cities , 2007-2014
- Supported cultural events including East Asian Festivals, Renison Institute of Ministry, East Meets West Music Nights, KW Symphony Performances.
- Supported Grandriver Chinese School and KW Chinese School activities.
My research interest covers the fields in Chinese history, literature, comparative literatures, bilingual writings, and English-Chinese translations and I have organized international conferences since 2008:
- 2008 Symposium for Chinese and Canadian Top Writers, at Renison University College
- 2009 Many Norman Bethunes, Symposium in Memory of Dr. Norman Bethune, at Montreal, PQ
- 2010 Along the Silk Road--International Conference on Chinese Culture, history, and Literature, at Renison University College
- 2010 Homeland, History, and Representation, International Symposium on Chinese Canadian & Chinese American Literature in English, at Renison University College
- 2011 History in Literature & Literature in History, International Symposium to Commemorate the 100 Anniversary of 1911 Revolution, at Renison University College,
- 2014 Our Quilts: One World, Same Dream: Literary Forum for Ethnic Minority Chinese Writers with Their North American Fellow Writers, held at Waterloo, Toronto, and Washington DC.
- 2014 Sino-Canadian Literary Forum: Literature and Our Environment, held at Waterloo, Toronto, and Montreal, in cooperation with the 35th IFOA.
- 2015 Along the Footprint of Norman Bethune: International Forum to commemorate the end of WWII and in memory of Dr. Norman Bethune, in Beijing, China.
Single Authored Books
- The Last Love Letter from Norman Bethune—A Collection of Essays, (The Commercial Press, Beijing, 2015) 300 pp.
- Sound of Flute at Luliang’s Night --- A Collection of Short Stories, (The Commercial Press, Beijing, 2015) 300 pp.
- The Deep (People’s Literature Publishing House, Beijing, July 2013) 280 pp.
- Lily in the Snow (Women's Press, Toronto, Feb. 2010), 380 pp.
- Red Duck Weed (Chinese version of Daughters of the Red Land) - (Writers Publishing House, Beijing, China, Jan. 2010), 322 pp.
- The Lambs of Mapleton, A collection of stories (Shanghai People's Publishing House, Shanghai, July 2008), 350 pp.
- Married to the West Wind - 1st edition (Mirror Books, Hong Kong, 1998) , 348 pp.
- Married to the West Wind - Revised edition (Arts and Literature Press, Beijing, July 2000), 346 pp.
- Daughters of the Red Land – (Sister Vision Press, Toronto, Nov. 1995), 319 pp.
- The Living White House – (New China Press, Beijing, 1988), 129 pp.
1. Chinese Literature: A Reader ed. by Jianqing Tang and Yan Li, (Nanjing University Press, Nanjing, China, March 201) 580 pp.
2. Along the Silk Road, Essays on History, Literature, and Culture in China, ed. by M. Darrol Bryant, Yan Li, and Judith Maclean Miller (Pandora Press, Nov. 2011) 197 pp.
Sample Essays & Stories:
- The Stuff Left to Lil, 7,000 words, China Publishing Group, September 2015,
- Where Do You Live, Little Red Fish?-- Oracle Bones and the Canadian Missionary Family, 30,000 words, Journal of Xiamen University(Arts & Social Sciences), October 2015
- “Thoughts on Bilingual Creative Writing and Translation”, 8,500 words, Forum for Chinese Literature of the World journal, Issue #1 2015, published by Academy of Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province, China
- Why Birds Sing?—12 Letters to a Canadian-French Writer, 45,000 words, Writer Magazine, China, May issue, 2015
- The Last Love Letter from Norman Bethune, 40,000 words, People’s Literature magazine, Beijing, China, March issue, 2015
- Geese and Turtle, on Mother’s Day, The World Journal, June 25, 2014 China Readers Press June 18, 2014
- Prof. Bryant in China, Writer Magazine, China, May 2014 issue The World Journal, July 28-29, 2014
- The Spiders’ Bar, Writer Magazine, China, May 2014 issue The World Journal, June 10-11, 2014
- The Beggars Are no Easy , The World Journal, May 3, 2014
- The Girl of Liangshan Mountain, The World Journal, March 29, 2014
- How Was My Story Bing Plagiarized, China Readers Press March 19, 2014
- Madam Nanny, The World Journal, Feb. 11, 2014
- His Political Strategy, The World Journal, Fiction Page, Dec. 4, 2013
- Poppy Flowers and the Tunnels Below, The World Journal, Nov. 30, 2013, Literature & Arts Press, Jan. 10, 2014
- Wisdom Acquired in Trips, The World Journal, Nov. 3, 2013
- Miller Left, Guangming Daily, China, Nov. 8, 2013
- Human Desires , The World Journal, Sept. 28, 2013, Revised version: China Readers Press, Nov. 6, 2013
- Making Chinese Literature Accessible to Overseas Readers, People’s Daily, August 30, 2013
- The Return Flight, China Readers, Feb. 6, 2013
- Under the Zhongnan Mountain, The World Journal, October 28, 2012, Writer magazine, April Issue, 2013
- The Menzies in China: An Unforgettable Family in Sino-Canadian History, Along the Silk Road, Essays on History, Literature, and Culture in China, 6: 89-101, 2011
- The Music of Bamboo Flute , The World Journal, November 7-23, 2011, People’s Literature magazine, Beijing, October 2011
- My Remote Friend, The World Journal, July 24-25, 2011, Writers magazine, August, 2011
- Reflections at Tianjin, The World Journal, July 19, 2011, July 6, China Readers Digest
- The Clarinet, The World Journal, June 18-19, 2011
- Rosaline’s China, The World Journal, Feb. 10-11, 2011
- Aunty Lin’s City, The World Journal, January 12, 2010
- The Happy Funeral, Literature magazine, Hunan, China, June 2009
- Danny’s Choice, Literature magazine, Hunan, June 2009 pp. 71
- Ages Ignored, The World Journal, August, 2004
- My Canadian Students, The World Journal, June, 2004
- Impressions of Taiwan, The World Journal, September, 2002
- Reunion, The World Journal, July, 2002
- The Small Village under the Great Wall, The World Journal, Feb. 12- 14, 2002,
- To Live and To Survive, Wen Hui Press, Shanghai, 2002 pp. 248-250
- The Lambs, The World Journal, Jan-Feb. 2002
- Forever, The World Journal, 2001
- Homeland, The World Journal, July 3-6, 2001
- Looking Back, The World Journal, July 10-17, 2001
- The Warning, Vox Feminarum Magazine, Waterloo, March 1998, pp. 47-50
- The Maple City Chinese Women’s Club, ed by Steven Totosy de Sepetnek and Yiu-Nam Leung , Canadian Culture and Literature and a Taiwan Perspective, Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1998, pp. 15-22
- Old Monsters Crawl Out, Books in Canada magazine, Toronto, September 1996, pp. 15-16
- Two Generations in Sino-Canadian History, Beijing, People’s Daily, Oct. 4, 1988
- First Shakespeare’s Festival in China， Beijing, Outlook Magazine English Edition Issue No. 1,1986
- City Sights through Minority Eyes, Beijing, China Daily 1987
- Giving Teachers Their Due, Beijing, Outlook Magazine, English Edition, 1987
- Match Makers Put Disabled in Touch, Beijing, China Daily, 1986
- KMT Generals in the War, Beijing, China Daily, 1986
- Model Teacher and Her Students, Beijing, China Daily, 1986
- Tricycle Workers in Beijing, Beijing, China Daily, 1986
Major Presentations and Public Readings
- “Comparative Creative Writing in Chinese and English”, at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA, May 3, 2015
- “From the Deep”, lecture on creative writing and translating, at Uof T Scarborough Campus, March 27, 2015.
- “Thoughts on Promoting Chinese Culture Overseas ”, Beijing University of Economics and Business, Dec. 17, 2014, Beijing, China.
- “Comparative Writings and Teaching”, Xiamen University, Fujian, China, Dec. 6, 2014.
- “Thoughts on Creative Writing”, Nanchang University, Jiangxi, China, Nov. 15, 2014.
- “Could We Untie Knots by Pen Point? ”, presented at the 1st World Conference on Overseas Chinese Literature, Nov. 19, 2014, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
- Keynote speaker, China Forum, 35th International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Toronto, October 26, 2014
- Reading of Lily in the Snow at “Around the World in 60 Minutes”, 35th International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Toronto, Oct. 26, 2014
- “Acceptance of Chinese Culture Overseas”, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province International Cultural Exchange Center, July 10, 2014.
- “Thoughts on Teaching Chinese Culture Overseas ”, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, December 11-12, 2013
- “Practices and Thoughts on Bilingual Creative Writing”, at The 5th Chinese Bridge Conference on Chinese Teaching and Learning, McGill University, Montreal, August 16-17, 2013. Chairing one session at the conference.
- Chinese Literature in the Eyes of Canadian Readers”, keynote speaker at Lu Xun Literature Institute, Beijing, China, June 28, 2013
- “From Daughters of the Red Land to Lily in the Snow”, keynote speaker at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, March 8, 2013
- “Feature Cultural Activities Conducted by the CI at UW”, The 7th Confucius Institute World Conference, Beijing, China, December 17, 2012
- “Considerations in Composing the textbook”: Chinese Literature-A Reader, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, August 8, 2012
- “The Challenges and Attraction of Bilingual Writing”, keynote speaker at Nanjing University, Canadian Studies Center, China, May 22, 2012
- “Economic Development and Culture Environment”, International Writers Camp, Tianjin, China, June 10, 2011
- “Writing as a Bilingual Writer”, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, December 17, 2010
- “The Feasibility of Bilingual Writing”, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, December 10, 2010
- “Award Winning Novels by Chinese-Canadian Authors”, Dept. of Chinese, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, December, 2010
- “Experiences in Editing Suitable Textbooks to Teach Chinese Literature Overseas”, Conference on Teaching Chinese to Foreign Students, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, December 2010
- “About Lily in the Snow”, Windsor Book Festival, Windsor, Canada, Nov. 6, 2010
- “Introduction of Canadian Chinese Author’s English Works”, Literature Institute, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, July 7, 2010
- “Chinese Canadian Women Writers and their English Works”, Society for Women’s Studies, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, July 2010
- “My Creative Writing in Canada”, Dept. Of Chinese, Beijing University, April 10, 2010
- “My Story as A New Immigrant Woman in Canada”, Toronto City Hall, Keynote Speaker at the event awarding outstanding Chinese immigrant women, March 8, 2010
- “Not a Smooth Journey”, Keynote speaker at International Women’s Day, University of Waterloo, March 5, 2009
- “Overseas Chinese Women Writers”, Toronto Public Library, 2001
- “Chinese Women in Canada”, 2nd International Conference on Canadian Studies, Tsinghua University, Taiwan, April 1997
- “Creative Writing as a Journalist”, Canadian Woman Journalists Conference, Ottawa, October 1996
- “Student Movements in Mao’s China”, Canadian Learned Society Convention, Windsor, Canada, July 1988