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.
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