Charles Q. Wu

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Photo is of Charles savoring a cup of Longjing tea, before starting a seminar on Daoism on the island of Hawaii in 2003.

Charles Q. Wu is Professor Emeritus in Chinese and Humanities at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Shanghai, he graduated with a B.A. and M.A. equivalent in English from the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He taught at his alma mater and lived through the cultural revolution there before leaving for Columbia University where he earned a Ph.D. in English literature. He began his new career teaching Chinese language, literature and civilization at Reed College in 1988 until he retired in 2002. Charles considers himself a cultural bridge and in that capacity he has led many tours from the U.S. to China, visiting sacred mountains, temples, and other cultural and scenic sites. He has also given lectures and seminars on Chinese philosophy in different parts of the U.S. and Ireland. He is Cultural Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. A U.S. citizen, he now lives with his wife in Vacaville, California, but has been teaching English in Shanghai as a visiting professor for the past two years. Charles Wu has a life-long interest in poetry both English and Chinese, having given public readings in both languages and translated classical Chinese poems into English.

All Nature's Splendors Captured in This Gourd-Heaven 壺天攬勝
Ascending Louguantai, the Observatory Tower Temple 上樓觀臺
Chanting at Dusk on the Riverbank 暮江吟
Crossing Hangu Pass 過函谷關
Dolls' Wedding 布娃娃的婚禮
For Elder Wen, a Country Monk and Abbot of the Baoben Buddhist Temple of Xiu Zhou 秀州報本禪院鄉僧文長
Gazing at the White Rocks of West Mountain 望西山白石
Inviting Evening View from the River Tower 江樓夕望招客
Lake View Pavilion 望湖樓醉書
Memories of the South 憶江南
Mooring at Guazhou 泊 船 瓜 州
Peach Blossom at Dalin Temple 大林寺桃花
Qingming 清 明
Roaming on Green City Mountain 青城遊
The Way To Shu Is Hard 蜀道難
Thoughts on Xuanwu Lake 南京玄武湖遐想
Viewing Peonies at Good Fortune Temple 吉祥寺賞牡丹
Went to See a Daoist Priest on Sky-Capped Mountain But Missed Him 訪戴天山道士不遇