Christine writes nonfiction and fiction for children, focusing on Chinese and Chinese American history. Her book on one of China's major archaeological sites, At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui, received starred reviews, appeared on multiple “best books of the year” lists, and was recommended by both the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council for the Social Studies.
Christine graduated from Stanford University in 1976, earned an MEd at Harvard University, and completed her PhD at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 1988. She then did postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany. Her husband and their two daughters have also received degrees from Stanford.