Qiuxia is a native of Chengdu, China, and has been an active member of the Minnesota Chinese community for more than 20 years. She started working with the CAAM (Chinese American Association of Minnesota) Chinese Dance Theater while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Augsburg University. After receiving her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Qiuxia helped to start a Chinese language program with the Eden Prairie Public School district. A strong believer in building cultural bridges between China and Minnesota, she took the position of executive director with the Minnesota-based non-profit organization, Red Thread Charities, which helped build therapy training programs in Chinese orphanages. Qiuxia is excited to bring her years of experience in training, communication, and education to the University of Minnesota China Center.