Fang Fang

Fang Fang
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Native name
BornWang Fang (汪芳)
(1955-05-11) May 11, 1955
Nanjing, China
Alma materWuhan University
Notable worksFeng Shui (万箭穿心)
Bare Burial (软埋)
Wuhan Diary
Notable awardsLu Xun Literary Prize
Years active1982–present
Chinese name

Fang Fang (Chinese: 方方) is the pen name of Wang Fang (汪芳; born 11 May 1955), a Chinese writer, known for her literary depictions of the working poor. She won the Lu Xun Literary Prize in 2010. Born in Nanjing, she attended Wuhan University in 1978 to study Chinese. In 1975, she began to write poetry and in 1982, her first novel was published. Since then, she has written several novels, some of which have been honored by Chinese national-level literary prizes.[1] Fang garnered international attention for her Wuhan Diary, documenting the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, and has used her platform to call for an end to internet censorship in China.[2]

Wuhan Diary

During the 2020 Hubei lockdowns, Fang Fang used social media to share her Wuhan Diary(武汉日记), a daily account of life in the locked-down city of Wuhan. In addition to her own writing, Wuhan Diary utilized anonymous interviews with other people in the city.[3] The account drew international public attention.[4]

The English version of Wuhan Diary, translated by Michael Berry, was published as an e-book and audiobook by Harper Collins on May 15, 2020 and released in hardcover on November 24, 2020.[5]

Within China, Fang Fang has faced criticism, being labeled as a "traitor" by users on social media platforms such as Weibo. She has continued writing, however, some of her works have been blocked from publication due to her perceived criticism of the Chinese government.[6]


She was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women announced on 23 November 2020.[7]

See also


  1. ^, Article on Fang Fang (in Chinese, Google English translation)
  2. ^ Kiki Zhao (2020-02-14). "The Coronavirus Story Is Too Big for China to Spin". New York Times.
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  4. ^ "Fang Fang: The 'Conscience of Wuhan' Amid Coronavirus Quarantine". The Diplomat. 2020-03-23.
  5. ^ "Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang". Harper Collins.
  6. ^ "Fang Fang: Author vilified for Wuhan Diary speaks out a year on". BBC News. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  7. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2020: Who is on the list this year?". BBC News. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2020-11-23.

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