Hongyi He is a professor of South-Central University for Nationalities (CSCUN) in Wuhan, China. She has been awarded the title of “Chinese Folk Arts and Crafts Artist” by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and China Folk Artists Association. She has been teaching and researching traditional Chinese folk arts and handicrafts since 1982 and serves as a committee member of China Folklore Association, Asian Folklore Association, China Paper-Cutting Artist Association, and member of the Guild of American Papercutters.
Hongyi is skilled in paper cutting, cloth cutting, and eggshell painting. Her artwork has been collected by China Ethnic Culture Palace Museum, Nanjing Museum, Hubei Provincial Museum, Taiwan Folk Arts Foundation, Taiwan Shih Ho-Cheng Folk Cultural Foundation, Waseda University Library in Japan, Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Smithsonian Institution, and Starr East Asian Library of University of California Berkley.
During her regular visits to the U.S., Hongyi has lectured at institutes include the Library of Congress, China Institute, Museum of Art and Design, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Columbia University, College of William & Mary, The University of Maryland, etc. She has also been invited to Norway, Japan, and South Korea for cultural exchange programs. In addition, Hongyi has published three books and over forty journal articles. Her research has contributed to intangible cultural heritage protection in China.