Wei Peh T’i (often published under the name Betty Peh-Ti Wei) attended the Chapin School in New York City before persuing an AB from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She retired as Head of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and is an Honorary Institute Fellow for the Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Qing Studies at Renmin University in Beijing. Wei is a Founding Member of the Bryn Mawr College International Council. She served on the Executive Committee of Heep Hong Society for Handicapped Children, the Board of Governors of the Chinese International School in Hong Kong and the Board of Governors of the Y.K. Pao School in Shanghai; and is now on the Board of Governors of the Musica Viva Foundation, the Theatre Noir Foundation, and Muses Foundation for Culture .and Education.
Wei’s full-length books include East Asia History 1870-1952 (Oxford University Press, 1981); Shanghai: Crucible of Modern China (Oxford University Press, 1987) and Ruan Yuan, 1764-1849: The Life and Work of a Major Scholar-Official in Nineteenth-Century China before the Opium War (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). During the late 1970s and early 1080s she wrote a weekly column for the South China Morning Post. She enjoys classical music of all genres and reads mystery novels profusely.