Biographies of Contributors



XI XI (1938- ) is the pseudonym of the Chinese novelist, poet and journalist Zhang Yan. Born in Zhongshan, Guandong in China, she came to Hong Kong at a young age. A prolific writer of fiction and poetry, she also writes film, art and literary criticism, and translates. Her works are popular in Taiwan and mainland China. Her best known works include My City (1993), A Girl Like Me and Other Stories (1996), Marvels of a Floating City and Other Stories (1997) and The Flying Carpet (2000). Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989, she wrote an autobiographical novel, Mourning for the Breast (1992),which was rated as one of the ten best books of the year by China Times (Taiwan); the screenplay of the 2006 film "2 Become 1" is based on this work.