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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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Soong May-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek. I’d say to her: “You lived an admirable life.”

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. To become a brand name fashion designer.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. China’s Book of Songs describes it as going hand in hand through life with the one you love.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My liveliness

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