BA (McGill), BA (Peking), MSc (Columbia)
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Communications
Jan Wong is a third-generation Canadian who grew up in Montreal speaking English, some French and zero Chinese. In the summer of 1972, while majoring in Asian studies at McGill University, she traveled alone to the People's Republic of China. At 19, she talked her way into a spot at Peking University, becoming the first of two Westerners to study in China during the Cultural Revolution, a tale she recounts in her memoir, Red China Blues, My Long March from Mao to Now.
Later, as a foreign correspondent based in Beijing for six years, Jan was an eyewitness to the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square. Named one of Time magazines top ten books of 1996, Red China Blues remains banned in China.
She has worked at the Gazette in Montreal, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail. She is the author of five books. Her newest non-fiction work is the self-published bestseller— Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness.