Xinran Xue is a British–Chinese author, journalist and activist. Her first book, The Good Women of China, was published in 2002, sold in over thirty languages and became an international bestseller. She has written one novel, Miss Chopsticks, and four other non-fiction books: Sky Burial, China Witness, Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother and Buy Me the Sky (2015).
In August 2004 Xinran set up ‘The Mothers’ Bridge of Love’ (MBL). MBL reaches out to Chinese children in all corners of the world; by creating a bridge of understanding between China and the West and between adoptive culture and birth culture, MBL ultimately wants to help bridge the huge poverty gap which still exists in many parts of China. The MBL book for adoptive families, Mother’s Bridge of Love, came third in TIME magazine’s list of the top ten children’s books of 2007. The website for the charity is: http://www.mothersbridge.org/.
Xinran is a fantastic speaker and has given lectures and speeches on writing and Chinese women and history in over twenty countries to date.
She writes in Mandarin, but is based in London.
Praise for Xinran:
‘Extraordinary’ – Jon Snow (Presenter, Channel 4 News)
‘Xinran’s stories tell of lovers doomed by Communist Party rules, spouses separated by the party’s call to duty, a generation of leaders’ wives ditched in favour of more suitable models for the New China and of the emotional cruelty of the Cultural Revolution’ – The Guardian
‘Remarkable… Heart-wrenching from beginning to end’ – New York Times
‘Xinran writes with a fine balance of economy, compassion and wisdom… at once proud, critical, forward-looking, nostalgic, sad, angry and hopeful’ – New Statesman
‘Her book opens a window to the hidden world of Chinese women’s inner lives. With every sentence it demolishes the official lie that they share equal status with men’ – The Australian
‘Xinran’s writing… has offered a window to Westerners on to Chinese culture and society’ Metro
‘a series of raw interviews with a remarkable collection of older Chinese, mostly in their seventies and eighties… this book does showcase Xinran’s rare talent rare talent for getting ordinary Chinese to open up – a considerable achievement in a country where even casual conversations with strangers are often still governed by webs of self-censorship… China Witness says as much about contemporary China as it does about the recent past’ – Financial Times, Geoff Dyer
‘an unforgettable book’ – Eve
‘The power of her book stems from its simplicity’ – The Sunday Telegraph
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love
Ten chapters, ten women and many stories of heartbreak, including her own: Xinran once again takes us right into the lives of Chinese women and […]
China Witness is the personal testimony of a generation whose stories have not yet been told. Here the grandparents and great-grandparents of today sum up […]
Sisters Three, Five and Six don’t have much education, but they know two things for certain: their mother is a failure because she hasn’t produced […]
What the Chinese Don’t Eat
From June 2003 to 2005 Xinran wrote about China in her weekly column in the Guardian. She covered a vast range of topics from food […]
As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a […]