Nancy E. Dollahite was among the first foreigners to teach at the Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing in southern China in the 1980s; Field Notes from Sichuan: Learning to Be a Foreigner (to be published by Blue Ear Books) is based on her three years there.
She has worked as public librarian, journalist, ESL teacher and textbook writer, always with the overarching goal of bringing people together with the information they need. As librarian, she started an ESL program in her public library, a venture that led to being invited to teach in China. She founded and edited a news digest, the China Information Bulletin, for the Northwest China Council in Portland, Oregon from 1990 to 1999, and has published essays and short stories related to China. She has taught ESL and done teacher training in China, Mexico, Brazil, Scotland, and the US for over 30 years. Her first book was Why Americans Act That Way, a speaking text published in China in 1987. She is also coauthor of Sourcework: Academic Writing From Sources.
Nancy began her formal education in a one-room school in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and, as a high school student in Austin, Texas, got her start in social activism while participating in the civil rights movement.
She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and continues to seek out every chance to see the world from perspectives not her own.