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Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai in 1923. Her parents were both Russian Jews who married in Shanghai. Krasno attended the French Municipal College. Her father edited the trilingual newspaper Nasha Zhizn, while her mother opened the Peter Pan children’s shop. After leaving Shanghai, she has lived in Israel, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Germany, and the United States. She is a professional interpreter, and has worked for UNESCO and the International Labor Organization.

Krasno has written a book about her wartime experiences in Shanghai, Strangers Always: a Jewish Family in Wartime Shanghai, as well as Kneeling Carabao and Dancing Giants: Celebrating Filipino Festivals. She is Director of Public Affairs for the Sino-Judaic Institute.