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.).
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.
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!