Lijia Zhang
writer; social commentator; author, Socialism Is Great! and Lotus

Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. One of the few Chinese who write regularly in English for international publications, her articles have appeared in the Guardian, the South China Morning Post, Newsweek and the New York Times.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Socialism Is Great! about her decade-long experience of working at a rocket factory in Nanjing. Her debut novel, Lotus, on prostitution in contemporary China, was published by Macmillan and was featured by BBC radio’s World Book Club.

She is a recipient of the prestigious fellowship on the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa. Lijia has lectured at many conferences, institutions and universities around the world, including Asia EU Economic Forum, European Institute for Asian Studies, The University of Sydney, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and Oxford. She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and NPR. She divides her time between London and Beijing.

Follow Lijia on Twitter: @zhanglijia64


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