Daria Berg, DPhil Oxford

Scholar, Writer, Artist

"Shanghai, to me, feels like home. It is the magic place where I came of age, just as Shanghai was awakening out of its long Sleeping Beauty slumber after wars and revolutions to flourish as a world city, set to build bridges between East and West. To build such bridges is the goal that informs my life."

Daria Berg

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About Professor
Daria Berg, DPhil Oxford

Scholar, Writer, Artist

Professor Daria Berg, DPhil in Chinese Studies (University of Oxford), is a British scholar, writer and artist. She is the first Chair Professor of Chinese Culture and Society at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and Head of the Centre for Intercultural Competence at the St. Gallen Institute of Management in Asia in Singapore. 

Daria Berg studied Sinology, English Literature and Japanese Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Fudan University Shanghai, Fu-Jen University Taipei, International Christian University Tokyo, the University of Kyoto and The University of Oxford. She received her Doctorate in Chinese Studies from The University of Oxford in 1995. She has published eight books and numerous essays on Chinese literature and culture in imperial, modern and contemporary China.

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“When grief for fiction’s idle words
More real than human life appears,
Reflect that life itself’s a dream
And do not mock the reader’s tears.”

Cao Xueqin, author of The Story of the Stone (translated by John Minford)



Professor Daria Berg

Chair of Chinese Culture and Society

University of St.Gallen

Unterer Graben 21

CH-9000 St.Gallen


+41 (0)71 224 2696

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