Anchee Min (Chinese: 閔安琪; pinyin: Mǐn Ānqí; born January 14, 1957) is a Chinese-American author who lives in San Francisco and Shanghai. Min has published two memoirs, Red Azalea and The Cooked Seed: A Memoir, and six historical novels. Her fiction emphasizes strong female characters, such as Jiang Qing, the wife of chairman Mao Zedong, and Empress Dowager Cixi, the last ruling empress of China.
Born in Shanghai on January 14, 1957, Min was sent to a collective farm at age 17, where she was discovered by talent scouts. She worked as an actress at the Shanghai Film Studio and went to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Arts.
She is married to author Lloyd Lofthouse.
- Katherine Hamish Hamilton, 1995, ISBN 978-0-241-13541-9
- Becoming Madame Mao (Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-12700-3.). Based on the life of Jiang Qing, the last wife of Mao Zedong.
- Wild Ginger: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. January 1, 2004. ISBN 978-0-547-34937-4. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
- Empress Orchid Bloomsbury Publishing Incorporated, 2004, ISBN 9780747566984
- The Last Empress (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2007, ISBN9780747578505). Based on the life of Ci Xi, the late 19th and early 20th century Qing dynasty Empress Dowager.
- Pearl of China: A Novel. Bloomsbury Publishing. April 9, 2010. ISBN 978-1-60819-151-2. Retrieved June 8, 2013.). Inspired by the life of Pearl S. Buck as a girl and young woman in China.