Photo is of Charles savoring a cup of Longjing tea, before starting a seminar on Daoism on the island of Hawaii in 2003.|
Charles Q. Wu is Professor Emeritus in Chinese and Humanities at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Shanghai, he graduated with a B.A. and M.A. equivalent in English from the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He taught at his alma mater and lived through the cultural revolution there before leaving for Columbia University where he earned a Ph.D. in English literature. He began his new career teaching Chinese language, literature and civilization at Reed College in 1988 until he retired in 2002. Charles considers himself a cultural bridge and in that capacity he has led many tours from the U.S. to China, visiting sacred mountains, temples, and other cultural and scenic sites. He has also given lectures and seminars on Chinese philosophy in different parts of the U.S. and Ireland. He is Cultural Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. A U.S. citizen, he now lives with his wife in Vacaville, California, but has been teaching English in Shanghai as a visiting professor for the past two years. Charles Wu has a life-long interest in poetry both English and Chinese, having given public readings in both languages and translated classical Chinese poems into English.