Wei Peh T’i (often published under the name Betty Peh-Ti Wei) received an AB from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Institute Fellow for the Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Qing Studies at Renmin University in Beijing. Wei is a Founding Member of the Bryn Mawr College International Council. She served on the Board of Governors of the Chinese International School in Hong Kong and the Board of Governors of the Y.K. Pao School in Shanghai.

Wei's full-length books include East Asia History 1870-1952 (Oxford University Press, 1981); Shanghai: Crucible of Modern China (Oxford University Press, 1987) and Ruan Yuan, 1764-1849: The Life and Work of a Major Scholar-Official in Nineteenth-Century China before the Opium War (Hong Kong University Press, 2008).

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

My First Trip


My First Return Trip to China

Wei Peh T’i
Thomas Wolfe's admonition that “you can't go home again” notwithstanding, I returned to the land of my birth after an absence of 33 years. I was born in Nanjing and spent a good part of my childhood in Chongqing. In November 1937, Japanese...