Xue Xinran


Xue Xinran is a Chinese journalist who has lived in London since 1997. She was born in Beijing in 1958. When she arrived in London, she worked as a janitor while working on her first and highly acclaimed book. This book, The Good Women of China, relates her stories of women she met and interacted with as her job in China as a radio broadcaster. Xinran was very successful and popular in her former job in China. The Good Women of China was published in 2002 and has been translated into 30 languages.



Five years later, Xinran’s first book of fiction, Miss Chopsticks, was published. This book is about female migrant workers in China. Many jobs are filled in the cities by these migrant workers, who then send their money to their hometowns. This situation has changed the patriarchal perception of women and given them new respect in the provinces and is a win-win in that the cities are benefitting from their work as service industry workers (food service, health services, assembly line workers, etc.).


–cover of Xinran’s children’s book

Xinran has also written a children’s book and four other works of non-fiction.

An interesting aspect of her life is that her parents were sent away when she was young due to the cultural revolution in China. Raised by her grandparents, she only met her mother at the age of 42. Please check out more about Xinran and this aspect of her story from The Guardian by clicking HERE.


–journalist and author Xue Xinran

Xinran has been married to literary agent Toby Eady since 2002.

Learning about authors and artists completely unfamiliar to me has been one of my favorite elements of this year’s A to Z Challenge! 

  4 comments for “Xue Xinran

  1. hilarymb
    April 28, 2015 at 2:41 AM

    Hi Denise – I can quite believe this has been a fascinating challenge for you – learning new aspects, meeting new people, seeing new cultures .. I hadn’t heard of Xinran – so you’ve opened my eyes .. what a fascinating story …

    Cheers Hilary

    • April 28, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      Yes, Hilary! I have found some interviews she has done on the internet–not easy to link to or in the middle of a radio show. Maybe I should try to discover authors and artists I have never heard of before and occasionally do a post on them! My best to you, Denise

  2. April 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    I think I’ve heard of this author, and the book looks very promising. No wonder it’s been translated in so many languages. Despite its strength, many things about China remain a mystery we want to learn more about. Great pick for X.

    • April 28, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      So true, Silvia. Thank you!

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