Chang Liu earned her B.A. in English at Dalian Maritime University in Dalian, China. As an undergraduate, she spent two years as an exchange student in Buffalo, New York, and earned her second B.A., at Medaille College. In Buffalo, she served as a volunteer tutor for Literacy New York. She went on to study in the U.K. and graduated with a M.Sc. in business-technology consulting from the University of Reading. She has also worked as a book editor in Beijing.