Deng, Peng 1948-

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Deng, Peng 1948-


Born September 8, 1948, in Chongqing, China; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Xieji (a schoolteacher) and Enluo Li (a schoolteacher) Deng; married Xinyuan Yang, January, 1981; children: Yuanshu (daughter), Minshu (daughter). Ethnicity: "Chinese." Education: West China University of Medical Science, B.A., 1979; Sichuan University of International Studies, M.A., 1982; Washington State University, Ph.D., 1990.


Home—Greensboro, NC. Office—Department of History and Political Science, High Point University, Box 3431, University Station, Montlieu Avenue, High Point, NC 27262. E-mail—[email protected].


Wanfu School, Sichuan, China, teacher, 1972-78; Sichuan Foreign Language Institute, Chongqing, China, lecturer, 1982-85; High Point University, High Point, NC, assistant professor, 1990-96, associate professor of history, 1996—. Visiting professor, Washington State University, 1985-86, Northeastern University, 1995-95, and Shenyang University, 1994-95; Huaxin International School, headmaster and member of school board, 1994-95.


Association for Asian Studies, Association of Third World Studies, Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the U.S. (vice president), Greensboro Chinese Association (board member).


(Translator into Chinese and editor) Matthew Lipman, Contemporary Aesthetics, Guangming Daily Press (Beijing, China), 1986.

China's Crisis and Revolution through American Lenses, 1944-1949, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1994.

(With Jie Chen) China since the Cultural Revolution: From Totalitarianism to Authoritarianism, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1995.

(Translator into Chinese and editor, with Zho Bangxian and Wang Zuohong) William Empson, Seven Types of Ambiguity, China Fine Arts Academy Press (Hangzhou, China), 1996.

Fei Zhengqing pingzhuan (biography of John K. Fairbank), Tiandi Press (Chengdu, China), 1997.

Private Education in Modern China, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1997.

(With Li Xiaobing and Liu Guoli) Meiguo Waijiao ji Meizhong Guanxi (title means "U.S. Foreign Policy and U.S. China Relations"), China Social Science Press (Beijing, China), 1999.

(With Chen Jiafang) Wenming yu Baoli (title means "Civilization and Violence"), China Social Science Press (Beijing, China), 2000.

(Editor) Hunxi dabashan (title means "Unforgettable Daba Mountains"), Hunxi Dabashan Editorial Committee, 2005.

(Editor) Wusheng de qunluo (title means "Silent Tribe"), two volumes, Chongqing Publishing Group (Chongqing, China), 2006.

Translation supervisor of "Philosopher for Children" series, Shanxi Education Press, 1997; editor of "American Studies" series, China Publishing House of Social Sciences, 1999-2000. Contributor to books, including Weaving a New Tapestry: A New World Order in Asia, Case Studies and General Trends, Greenwood Press, 1998; Political Leaders of Modern China: A Biographical Dictionary, Greenwood Press, 2002; and encyclopedias. Contributor of articles and translations to periodicals, including Journal of Sichuan University of International Studies, Educational Research, Thinking, News and Record, Journal of Third World Studies, Shenyang Evening News, Dushu, World Journal, Shixueshi Yanjiu, People's Daily, Sichuan waiyu xueyuan xuebao, Zixuebao, Tibetan Studies Abroad, Collected Essays in Modern Psychology, Sijie Qingnian, and Duzhe wenzai.


Peng Deng told CA: "Reading, thinking, and writing are inseparable from my identity as a scholar. But each piece of my writing comes out of special circumstances and interests. My first two books are translations of western philosophy and literary theory when I was looking for ideas and a niche for myself in the academic world. China's Crisis and Revolution through American Lenses, 1944-1949 is largely a revised version of my doctoral dissertation. The seminal ideas for Private Education in Modern China were formulated during my one-year assignment as the headmaster of Huaxin School, a private boarding school in Shenyang, China. In my critical biography of John King Fairbank, I paid tribute to a scholar I truly admire, while trying to delineate and assess the evolution of China studies in the United States. Through the three-book series that came out between 1997 and 2003, I aimed to fulfill my role as a bridge of mutual understanding between the United States and China. But the books I hold most dear are Hunxi dabashan and Wusheng de qunluo. Both are about the zhiqing (rusticate urban youth) of 1964 and 1965, and both are testimonies to the perverse politics in Maoist China. Their significance lies in the simple fact that they are the first and so far the only books on this important yet neglected subject."