Li, Gertraude Roth 陸西華


BA 1966, Boston University
MA 1968, Harvard University
PhD 1975, Harvard University

Dr. Li is a historian of early Qing history and Manchu studies. Her recent publications in this field include a chapter entitled “Manchus and state building before 1644,” in vol. 9 of the Cambridge History of China (2002), and Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents (2000). In the past Dr. Li has been extensively engaged in the international field: She directed the UH Office of International Programs and Services and was formerly Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. She also served as administrative director of a program on Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and International Peacekeeping and worked for several years in refugee resettlement. She has written articles about Hong Kong and Japanese education and on refugee resettlement. She has also published several translations, among them two volumes of sayings by Master Cheng Yen of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (translated from Chinese into German). Dr. Li is currently working on a comparison of Chinese, American and German cultural values. She has also acquired bookbinding skills and in her spare time enjoys restoring the health of ailing books.