Lijia Zhang is a former rocket-factory worker turned freelance journalist, social commentator and the author of Socialism is Great! A Worker's Memoir of the New China. Lijia Zhang's new novel Lotus was inspired by the deathbed revelation that the author's grandmother had been sold to a brothel in her youth. Written with lyrical and vivid prose, the novel delves into this bustling underworld, and reveals the extraordinary strength of those women who found themselves confronted with stark choices.
Xiaolu Guo is an acclaimed filmmaker and author whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers and I Am China. Her latest book, Once Upon a Time in the East, is a memoir which charts her life from a run-down shack in a poor fishing village to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing. Along the way Guo illuminates the experiences of women, and the challenges they face in contemporary China.
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