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Xuē Xīnrán 薛欣然

Xuē Xīnrán (薛欣然, pen name Xinran) is a British-Chinese journalist and broadcaster, born in Beijing in 1958.

In the late 1980s, she began working for Chinese Radio. In 1997 she moved to London, where she initially worked as cleaner. In London, she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women’s lives The Good Women of China, a memoir relating many of the stories she heard while hosting her radio show (“Words on the Night Breeze“) in China. The book was published in 2002 and has been translated into over thirty languages.

In August 2004 Xinran set up The Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL). MBL reaches out to Chinese children in all corners of the world; by creating a bridge of understanding between China and the West and between adoptive culture and birth culture, MBL ultimately wants to help bridge the huge poverty gap which still exists in many parts of China. The MBL book for adoptive families, Mother’s Bridge of Love, came third in TIME magazine’s list of the top ten children’s books of 2007.

Xinran often advises western media (including BBC and Sky) about western relations with China, and makes frequent television and radio appearances. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature.