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First Name Wei
Last Name Djao
Member Since March 21, 2022
Email djaowei@yahoo.com
City Toronto
State ON
Zipcode M1L 0A8
Country Canada
Pen Name Wei Djao
Branch Affiliation Toronto
Website www.weidjao.com
Bio Born in China, Wei Djao grew up in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Toronto, specializing in China Studies. She was a tenured associate professor of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a tenured professor of Global/Asian Studies at North Seattle Community College. She was on the faculty of the College of Education (Ph.D. Programs), Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. She also taught in California, Hong Kong, and Alberta, Canada. Wei participates in many activities of the Asian Canadian communities. Through such involvement she gains better understanding of the aspirations and experiences of Asian Canadians. Wei is also a humanist and a member of Humanist Association of Toronto, Ontario Humanist Society, Humanist Association of Canada, and American Humanist Association. Wei’s most recent book, A Humanist Path: Ancient Chinese Wisdom for Curious Walkers, published in 2022 in paperback and Kindle, discusses the relevance of Confucius and Lao Zi for the 21st century. Please see Amazon.ca Wei Djao for more details https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Wei+Djao&crid=2K0WGMYBWT9WZ&sprefix=wei+djao%2Caps%2C110&ref=nb_sb_nosssee. An earlier book A Blossom Like No Other: Li Qingzhao (Toronto: Ginger Post 2010) offers an insightful interpretation of the life and works of Li Qingzhao who is indisputably the most brilliant woman writer in Chinese history. Djao has written three other books: Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003) which is about the Chinese overseas, that is, people of Chinese ancestry who live in non-Chinese societies; Inequality and Social Policy: The Sociology of Welfare (Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, 1983), and Choices and Chances: Sociology for Everyday Life (San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990, co-author: Lorne Tepperman). Wei’s articles have appeared in scholarly journals, such as Canadian Ethnic Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Canadian Review of Social Policy, Service Social, and Social Praxis, as well as in edited books published in Canada, China, and the United States. Wei’s research and teaching interests included the global society, China, women of colour, Pacific Rim studies, and the Chinese overseas. She was the interviewer, narrator, writer, or researcher in the production of three television documentaries: American Nurse (an award-winning thirty-minute program about the experiences of New York-born Chinese American veteran of the Vietnam War Lily Lee Adams); Another Day in America (a documentary on Japanese American women artists in the San Francisco Bay area); and Chinese Cafes in Rural Saskatchewan. These documentaries are in the video collections of libraries in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Wei Djao and her family live in Toronto. She enjoys hiking. She also does botanical illustration in watercolour.
Publications A Humanist Path: Ancient Chinese Wisdom for Curious Walkers (2nd ed coming soon, Ginger Post Inc.) A Blossom Like No Other: Li Qingzhao (2010, Ginger Post Inc.) Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora (2003, University of Arizona Press) Inequality and Social Policy: the Sociology of Welfare (1982 John Wiley & Sons Canada)
Other Memberships Humanist Association of Toronto Ontario Humanist Society Humanist Association of Canada American Humanist Association West Hill United Church of Canada
Genres Academic, Autobiography, Biography & Memoir, e-Book, Educational, Erotica, Freelance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Science, Religion & Spirituality
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements
Services Offered Book Reviews, Editing, Manuscript Reading & Consultation, Promotional Copy, Scriptwriting & Screenwriting, Storytelling, Translation