Dr. Wei Djao

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Dr. Wei Djao



Dr. Wei Djao is an educator, entrepreneur, writer, author, editor, web magazine publisher, and scholar. She has also worked as a documentary film interviewer, narrator, and field consultant. She is currently a certified Instructor at an after school math and reading learning centre, Toronto-Davisville.

As an educator and professor, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge, [1] Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Saskatchewan, [2]a Senior Lecturer at Lingnan College, now Lingnan University in Hong Kong [3] and a tenured faculty at North Seattle Community College. [4] She has also taught at California State University, Hayward (East Bay). [5] For many years, Wei was on the faculty of the PhD. Program in Education (College of Education, Walden University, Minneapolis) [6] and she continues to have a keen interest in education.

She was a volunteer interpreter/translator at WoodGreen Community Services, [7] serving Chinese immigrants with limited English. Her volunteer involvement also extended to the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA), [8] the Canada-China Friendship Association, [9] and the East Asian Library at the University of Toronto. She also served as one of the Regional Councillors Advisory Board at TVO. [10]

Wei holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. [11] Her Ph.D. dissertation was entitled: Social control in a colonial society : a case study of working class consciousness in Hong Kong completed in 1976. [12]


A blossom like no other : Li Qingzhao = 此花不與群花比 : 李清照 /A blossom like no other : Li Qingzhao = Ci hua bu yu qun hua bi : Li Qingzhao. Toronto: Ginger Post Inc., 2010. [13] [14] [15]

Reviews of Blossom Like No Other: Li Qingzhao

By Jeffry Finer on July 29, 2013 Amazon Verified Purchase This is the book for you! A bio of the style's greatest poet, this volume is thorough, brilliantly researched, and readable. If you want the romantic fictionalized version, read Guy Kay's "River of Stars". This book is the academic real life version of China's greatest female poet, the incomparable Li Qingzhao.

University courses:

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL England, United Kingdom

Tutor and Associate Professor: Dr. John T. Gilmore

Course: EN9A4. Chinese Poetry and the English Reader, English and Comparative English Studies. M.A. Program.

Week 9: Approaches to Li Qingzhao: Kenneth Rexroth, Ling Chung and Wei Djao. [16]


Li Qingzhao, Song Dynasty Poet at the University of Toronto [17] [18]

Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003. [19]


Walter Keoki Quan, Victoria [20]

Fay Chung [21]

University courses:

Department of English Language and Literature, University of Geneva, Geneva Switzerland

Professor: Deborah Madsen

Course: Literatures of the Chinese Diaspora. M.A. Seminar.

10 Nov Diasporic Testimonials: student presentations: individual diasporic narratives. Wei Djao, Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora (2003). [22]

Reviews of Being Chinese:

Angela C. Pao, " Floatng Points: From Diasporic Spaces to Multicultural Places," Asia Colloquia Papers. Volume 1, Number 2, September 2011, 7-9. [23]

Lee Yok Fee, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia, Social Thought & Research, volume 27, 2007, 156-158. [24]

Chinese Digital Community, Auckland, New Zealand, March 7, 2013. [25]

Extraordinary history is made by ordinary people, as this volume by Shanghai native Djao subtly demonstrates. . . . Such documentary-based representation leaves a space for readers to experience, feel, imagine, and draw their own conclusions about a distinguished cultural group.

Library Journal

One does not need to be Chinese to enjoy Being Chinese. Indeed, the view given to non-Chinese by this masterful work is priceless and unprecedented.

New York Resident

Fresh and first-hand information about the everyday life of these migrants and their descendants . . . Previous studies have always focused on the married bachelor and sojourner phenomena among the Chinese emigrant, especially among those in North America, but this book adds more details about such tragedies.

National Journal

Linda Chiang, The Social Science Journal, Vol. 41, No. 2, Spring 2004.

Other Books:

With Lorne Tepperman. Choices & chances : sociology for everyday life. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1990. [26]

With Theresa Healy and Lily Ong Tingley. Doubly disadvantaged : the women who immigrate to Canada. Regina: Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan. 1985. [27]

Inequality and social policy: The sociology of welfare. Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, 1983. [28]

Housing needs of urban native families: a comparative study of children's and parents' perceptions. Ottawa: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 1980. [29] [30]

Selected Articles:

"Opinion status as ethnic identity in the Chinese diaspora." Journal of Contemporary Asia, Volume 32, Issue 3, 2002, 363-380. [31]

"Asian Canadians and the Welfare State", Canadian Ethnic Studies, Volume XIV. Number 2, 1982. [32]

" ‘Traditional Chinese culture’ in the small factory of Hong Kong." Journal of Contemporary Asia, Volume 11, Issue 4, 1981, 413-425. [33]

"Equity and the democratization of knowledge." Washington Center News, Fall 2002, 2. [34]

East Asian Library, University of Toronto [35]


Wei was the editor and publisher of Ginger Post, an English-language online magazine targeting Chinese and Asian communities. [36] [37]

Film Documentaries:

Chinese Cafes in Rural Saskatchewan, 1985 (Field Consultant) [38]

Another Day in America, 1989 (Narrator, Interviewer, Talent) [39]

American Nurse, 1992 (Interviewer) [40]

Lily Goes Home, 2006 (Interviewer) [41]

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