American author and New Yorker writer Peter Hessler has said the Chinese university where he has been teaching non-fiction writing has not renewed his contract for the next academic year and that he will leave the country at the end of the semester.

Since 2019, Hessler has been based in the city of Chengdu, where he is an assistant professor at the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute. He has been a staff writer with the New Yorker since 2000.

In a statement shared via social media platform Douban on Sunday, he said that he had hoped to continue teaching at the university but was not offered a contract for the next academic year. Reached by Reuters, Hessler said he declined to comment beyond the statement.

“I want to emphasize that I have greatly enjoyed being back in the classroom after more than twenty years,” the statement said.

The statement said Hessler and his family would return to Colorado in the summer, and did not elaborate on why his contract was not renewed.

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