The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. One of the few Chinese who write regularly in English for international publications, her articles have appeared in the Guardian, the South China Morning Post, Newsweek and the New York Times. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Socialism Is Great!, about her experience working in a rocket factory, and her debut novel, Lotus, about prostitution in contemporary China, was published in 2017. She is a recipient of the fellowship in the International Writer’s Programme at the University of Iowa. Zhang is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and NPR. She lives in Beijing with her young daughter.

張麗佳是作家、時事評論員和演説家。她是唯一少數以英語在國際撰文的中國人,文章曾刊載於《衛報》、《南華早報》、《新聞周刊》和《紐約時報》。她的作品包括備受贊譽的回憶錄《社會主義好!》,講述她在火箭工廠的工作經歷。她的首部小説《蓮花》以現代中國娼妓爲題,於今年出版。她獲美國愛荷華大學國際寫作計劃獎學金,亦常做客英國廣播公司第四台、有線電視新聞網和美國全國公共廣播電台。她和幼女現居北京。

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