The Poet and the Poem
Featured Dr. Xuhua Liang
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Dr. Xuhua Liang was born in a beautiful island in the southern China: Xiamen (Amoy), Fujian Province. During the political turmoil of Chinese Culture Revolution, her mother passed away. Raised by her grandparents, she was deeply influenced by her uncles and the Chinese traditional literature. Even though she only had a basic education for six years, she passed with flying color the rigorous national college entrance exam of China in 1977 and entered into the most prestigious language university in China: Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (today's Beijing Foreign Studies University). After graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, she worked as a full time translator at China Foreign Language Publishing Administration. Later she passed with high score the national exam for the master program of Latin American literature at her Alma Mater. Two years later, she received a full scholarship to study Latin American literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She received the Master and Ph.D. Degree in Latin American Literature from SUNY at Stony Brook. She was the first woman Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature in China. During her thirty one years in the U.S., she devoted herself completely to the teaching of Spanish language and literature. She has taught at different state universities and private colleges to American and international students. Due to her family relocation, she left New York and moved to Bethesda near Washington DC, where she has been teaching Spanish language and college Spanish literature courses at Montgomery County Public Schools.