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Zhu Wen

born 1967 in Quanzhou (Fujian Province), studied kinetics in Nanjing and lived there for several years as a freelance writer before moving to Beijing in 2000. He published poems, stories and in 1999 the novel What is Garbage, what is Love. Many of his works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and other languages. Since 1998 he has also worked as a screenwriter and director. His first feature film, Seafood, received the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and his second, South of the Clouds (2004), won the NETPAC Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize, among others. His third film Thomas Mao followed in 2009.



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Zhang Lijia

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, Newsweek and The New York Times. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Socialism Is Great!” about her rocket factory experience, which got translated into six foreign languages. Her debut novel Lotus on prostitution in contemporary China has been featured by BBC’s World Book Club program. Lijia has lectured at many conferences, institutions and universities, including Harvard, Stanford and Oxford. She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, and CNN. She divides her time between Beijing and London.


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Calum MacLeod

was born in the UK in 1969. Beijing-based for over two decades, he has got to grips with multiple aspects of China’s remarkable transformation. A Mandarin speaker, and former China correspondent for The Times, he’s reported from every province — and helped build factories in some. Calum MacLeod is the co-author with Zhang Lijia of China Remembers and co-wrote with Bradley Mayhew the Odyssey guidebook Uzbekistan — The Golden Road to Samarkand.







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Lu Bingwen

was born in Shanghai in 1971. From 1990 – 1994 he studied applied mathematics. After several different occupations, particularly in the fields of marketing, public relations and software programming, he studied animation technique in Maryland/USA for two years, during which time he also worked for different film production companies in Shanghai. In 1998 he started writing fiction. Since then he has published a collection of short stories, the novel Mister Tao in the Apple Core and several nonfiction books. Alongside his interest in the history of ideas and the mind he includes mathematics, physics and astronomy.


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Luo Lingyuan

was born in the People’s Republic of China in 1963. In 1990, after studying journalism and computer science in Shanghai, she moved to Berlin with her German husband. Five years later she brought out her first novella in the German language. Meanwhile three collections of short stories and six novels which she also wrote in German were published. In 2000 she was awarded the Alfred-Döblin-Scholarship from the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, followed by many further working and residency scholarships. For her short story collection Now you’re flying from the fifth floor for my son! Luo Lingyuan received the Adelbert-von-Chamisso Sponsorship Prize. In 2017 she won the Writer in residence Award of the city of Erfurt.