The Honorable Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo, Ed.D is an accomplished scholar, painter, poet, composer, Feng Shui practitioner, and educator who has made major contributions to the understanding of Chinese philosophy and aesthetics. Dr. Woo studied architecture at the University of Illinois, received her undergraduate and masters degrees from San Diego State University, studied Chinese literature and language at U.C.L.A., and earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco.
At San Diego State University, Dr. Woo directed the Chinese Language Program, the China Studies Institutes, and the Center for Asian Studies. Her paintings have been shown throughout Asia and the United States in numerous museums and galleries, including the United Nations, the Sackler Museum at Harvard University, the National Gallery in Taipei, and the Zhu Hai Museum in China.
Many of her poems have become popular songs; "Tian Tian Tian Lan" was a number one hit in Taiwan, and won The Golden Cauldron Award. Also a celebrated poet and essayist, Dr. Woo has authored nine books in Chinese and English on Chinese Literature, art, and culture. She has lectured extensively around the world at venues that include Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Duke, UC Berkeley, Beijing Normal University Zhu Hai, and Beijing University, as well as the United Nations and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Woo has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including San Diego State's 1988-1989 University Outstanding Professor Award, the 1990-1991 University Research Lecturer (as Distinguished Professor of Chinese), and the National Scholastic Honorary Society's 1995-1996 Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer. For six years, she served as a Commissioner for Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego. She then was appointed as the first Asian American woman to serve as a member of the National Council on the Arts (1991-1996).
Dr. Woo has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with an appointment as Ambassador for the Arts. In 1997, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the National Conference (of Christians and Jews). In May 2005, Dr. Woo received an Asian Heritage Award for Achievement, Contribution and Legacy in Art, Philosophy, and Literature. In May 2007, Dr. Woo received an Honorary Deanship at Beijing Normal University at Zhu Hai, China. For more on Dr. Woo, her art, and her feng shui consultations, visit www.CathyWoo.com