Xinran and the one child generation in China

Xinran became famous with her first book – the bestselling semi-memoir, The Good Women of China. We have this title as an eBook too.

Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958, and grew up in the Cultural Revolution before migrating to England in 1997. She was a popular broadcaster and journalist in China. She currently resides in London and writes for The Guardian.

Cover of The Good women of China Cover of Miss Chopsticks Cover of China Witness Cover of Buy me the sky

She writes in Chinese and is translated by Esther Tyldesley. Her books include Sky Burial (2004), Miss Chopsticks (2007), China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation (2008) and, more recently, Buy Me the Sky (2015).

Xinran began writing about women’s issues and life stories. More recently, her books cover cultural, economic, and other social issues too – before, during and after the Cultural Revolution. These topics are largely neglected in popular memoirs. She explores apolitical populations, and coming of age in the Cultural Revolution – reflecting thoughtfully on changes, expressions of loss and loneliness.  She aims to reveal the true China.

XinranWORD Christchurch gives me an opportunity to hear Xinran talking about her latest book Buy Me the Sky which focuses on China’s one-child policy’s impact. As a Chinese woman with only one daughter, I am keen to hear her understanding and interpretation about China’s one-child policy – she, like me, is a mother who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and has only one child.

WORD Christchurch recommends

Anna Sun
Upper Riccarton Library

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