Diane was born in Beijing and spent part of her childhood with her parents in a labour camp in a remote region of China. She holds a BA from Peking University and a Master's and a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diane is the author of a memior, LAKE WITH NO NAME, and novels featuring Beijing private detective Mei Wang: THE EYE OF JADE, PAPER BUTTERFLY and THE HOUSE OF GOLDEN SPIRIT. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages and published in 28 countries and territories. THE EYE OF JADE was shortlisted for The Shamus Award for Best First Novel.
Diane appears regularly in the media. She has been a keynote speaker at events, festivals and conferences around the world, and written for The Times, The Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveler.
Diane has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America. She is currently a professor at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.