The Best Female Chinese Novelist You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Female Chinese Novelist You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Female Chinese Novelist You’ve Never Heard Of

To say that Xiao Hong’s life was rough is a serious understatement.

She was born in 1911, during one of China’s most turbulent periods, all leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese War. In addition to the cultural turmoil, Xiao’s mother passed away when she was nine, leaving her to be raised by an abusive father whom she ran away from at the age of 20. In Harbin, she barely avoided being sold to a brothel, but still ended up pregnant, abandoned by her fiancé, and living in desperate poverty.