Xu Xiaobin

Xu Xiaobin, born in 1953 into an intellectual family in Beijing, is a member of the China’s Writers Association. She spent nine years in the countryside and at a factory during the Cultural Revolution until 1978 when she entered the Chinese University of Central Finance just after universities had reopened and entrance examinations were held nation wide. She began publishing her writings in 1981. Currently she works as a staff screenplay writer at China’s Television Production Center. She has published numerous fictions, novellas and collections of prose.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. My motto is: Honesty doesn’t hang on the printed word, nor beauty on powder and paint.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Seeing the letters and magazines on my desk that I will never finish reading.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Sun Wukong, a character in Journey to the West.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Too readily placing trust in something or someone.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Many years ago.

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