Eleise Jones Lands Position with Asian Publisher

Eleise Jones (CSB ‘98) recently joined the editorial office at Cheng & Tsui, a Boston-based publisher of Asian literature, history, and language learning materials.

Eleise began her Chinese language studies in the St. Paul Public School system, and later joined CSB/SJU’s then-burgeoning Asian Studies program. She spent a semester abroad at Southwest University in Beibei, Sichuan Province, and graduated with a major in English and a minor in East Asian Studies.

In 1998, Eleise and fellow CSB graduate Angela Anderson helped to pioneer the Maryknoll China Teachers Program at Zhanjiang Normal College in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. There they spent an unforgettable year teaching English and culture to college students, kindergarteners, and members of the business community. Upon returning to the U.S., Eleise worked in a variety of publishing and bookselling positions.

In 2005 she had the opportunity to reignite her interest in the language and culture of China while pursuing a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. In London, Eleise found herself among an outstanding academic community. Beyond classes in Chinese history, literature, and language, she was able to participate in a variety of political and cultural activities that enhanced her year of study and research. Eleise wrote her dissertation on two contemporary Chinese writers, Wang Anyi and Zhou Weihui. She graduated with the honor of Distinction in September 2006.

After a respite in Minnesota, Eleise moved to Boston’s Chinatown to forge a career blending two great loves: literature and Asia.