Ji-li Jiang was born in 1954 and is the author of her autobiography, Red Scarf Girl in which she wrote about her hard childhood. She grew up and lived in Shanghai, China in a large apartment with her father, Xi-reng, mother, Ying-Chen, brother, Ji-yong, sister, Ji-yun, grandmother, housekeeper, Song Po-Po, and her cat, Little White. Ji-li was a star student until 1966 when Chairman Mao started the Cultural Revolution. When she was a child her father was accused of listening to foreign radio, even though he did not do so. He was forced to do hard labor after being detained by the Chinese government. Him being in the situation that he was in put Ji-Li into a situation at school. She was brought down from being a top student to being disgraced by her classmates. Her classmates humiliated her, blaming her for her family's "black", or "anticommunist" past, and had prevented her from being a Red Successor. When the Revolution ended, Jiang, later followed by most of her family, moved to Hawaii. She then mastered English and wrote the book, an autobiography about her life in the Cultural Revolution.
Jiang graduated from Shanghai Teacher's College and Shanghai University before moving to Hawaii in 1984. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and so 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 San Francisco area. On the back of some 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 San Fransisco area. She is also the author of 'The Magical Monkey King,a retelling of traditional Chinese tale about the trickster Monkey King."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