Karen Bai was born in a family of educators in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province. She was brought up having a wide range of interests and activities, including music, literature, traditional Chinese culture, and hiking. She practiced several musical instruments in her childhood, particularly the Chinese traditional instrument Pi pa琵琶. As a young author, her writings were published in a local newspaper.
She graduated in 1990 from Yanbian University’s Education College having majored in English. She continued her education and received the Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Institute France-American of Management in France in 2002.
During the following seven years, Karen worked as an English teacher in a middle school in Beijing, also in the field of early childhood development, and in an administration position in private business. In 2009 she became a Chinese language teacher building her proven track record as a very successful teacher.