Full Profesor of East Asian Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Born of Irish parents in London. Early childhood in Ballina and Ballaghaderreen (Ireland). Schooled in Connecticut and Massachusetts (USA). Returned to the home place in Ireland to live. Lived and worked some years in Tianjin and Beijing (China). Before China, a specialist in Irish Studies and James Joyce; after, a specialist in Chinese thought, politics, and international relations. Divides his time now among Barcelona (Spain), Ballyconnell (Sligo, Ireland) and Beijing (China).