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Xue Xinran

Xuē Xīnrán (薛欣然, pen name Xinran) is a British-Chinese journalist and broadcaster, born in Beijing in 1958.

In the late 1980s, she began working for Chinese Radio and went on to become one of China's most successful journalists. In 1997 she moved to London, where she initially worked as cleaner. In London, she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives The Good Women of China, a memoir relating many of the stories she heard while hosting her radio show. The book was published in 2002 and has been translated into over thirty languages.

Xinran‘s first novel Miss Chopsticks was published in July 2007. It explores the uneasy relationship between Chinese migrant workers and the cities they flock to. China's economic reform is changing the role of its chopstick girls. Once a disposable burden, they can now take city jobs as waitresses, masseuses, factory line workers and cleaners, They bring bundles of cash home, earning them unprecedented respect in patriarchal villages, as well as winning the respect and hearts of city dwellers.

Xinran often advises western media (including BBC and Sky) about western relations with China, and makes frequent television and radio appearances. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature.

Books by Xinran Xue Links
Miss Chopsticks (2007)

Children's Titles:
Motherbridge of Love (2007)

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother (2010)
China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation (2008)
What the Chinese Don't Eat (2006)
Sky Burial (2004)
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices. Vintage (2003)

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