Teacher, Tianjin, People's Republic China, 1944-1946;
youth worker, Harbin, People's Republic China, 1946-1950;
journalist, China Youth News, Beijing, 1951-1958;
editor translations of foreign philosophical works, Beijing, 1978-1979;
senior reporter, People's Daily, Beijing, 1979-1987;
writer, Beijing, 1987-1988;
Nieman fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988-1989;
writer-in-residence, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, since 1989. Visiting professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1988.
Member China Writer's Association (vice-chairman 1985-1990, National Award for Literature Reportage 1981, 85, 87).
Son of Fengming and Yaqin (Shen) L. Married Hong Zhu, May 18, 1929. Children: Dahong, Xiaoyan.