Qian Ning graduated from the people's University of China with his B.A. and M.A. degrees on literature. He worked as a reporter for the People's Daily from 1986 to 1989 and was a Michigan Journalism Fellow (the University of Michigan) in 1989-1990. His most famous book is "Chinese Students Encounter America", a bestseller in China (1996 and 2002 in English by the University of Washington Press). He is also the author of the novel about Li Si, the Qin dynasty prime minister.