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About one of Our Members


A hearty congratulations to our member and director Dr. Nancy Pine on the publication of her latest book, “One in a Billion: One Man’s  Remarkable Odyssey Through Modern-Day China”.


This heart-wrenching story immerses readers in the dramatic survival of one outspoken man who illuminates the souls of a billion ordinary Chinese citizens. An Wei (a stubborn, hardworking peasant who has lived by his values and stood up for his convictions) has succeeded against all odds in the authoritarian environment of China. Despite grinding poverty, hunger, reeducation campaigns, and attacks from jealous peers, An Wei continues to inspire with his daring achievements, such as launching a democratic congress in his village. His compelling life provides a vivid backdrop for understanding the development of modern China from the unique perspective of an outspoken citizen. Through his audacious determination and survival skills forged in rural poverty, An Wei’s unstoppable drive to improve himself and rural China will captivate and enthrall readers. Her website can be found at


Nancy said of this man’s life, “For me, An Wei’s life, his accomplishments, his fearlessness, and his drive to make his world better, showed that one individual could challenge authority and make a difference while upholding his core values. It is a story worth telling!”


Nancy Pine has traveled and studied in China for decades. She holds a Ph.D. in education and is one of the leading American experts on Chinese early childhood education, which led to her book, Educating Young Giants, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has taught everything from kindergarten to graduate school and founded the Bridging Cultures US/China Program. At Mount Saint Mary’s University, she has advised the administration and faculty on China.

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