Lawrence A. Walker is the translator of Geling Yan’s White Snake and Other Stories and editor of her English-language work. A native of California, he holds a degree in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s in Administration and Management from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has served at diplomatic postings in mainland China and Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, and Nigeria as well as at the State Department. In the private sector, he has worked in international trade promotion, venture capital and business development in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, German, French, and Spanish and is proficient in several other languages.