Fang Fang

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Fang Fang
Native name
BornWang Fang (汪芳)
(1955-05-11) May 11, 1955 (age 65)
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 who won the Lu Xun Literary Prize in 2010. She was born in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. She went to Wuhan University in 1978 to study Chinese. In 1975, she began to write poetry and in 1982, she launched her first novel Da Peng Che Shang (大篷车上). In 1987, she released her masterpiece "Feng Jing"(风景), and won the 1987-1988 national outstanding medium-length novel award. Her other work, including Qin Duan Kou (琴断口), and Xing Yun Liu Shui (行云流水), "Jiang Na Yi An" (江那一岸), "Yi Chang San Tan" (一唱三叹), have been well received as well. Since she cares much about the poor, many of her works reflect their genuine lives.[1]

Wuhan Diary[edit]

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 posted. The account drew international public attention.[2]

The English version of Wuhan Diary, translated by Michael Berry, was published by Harper Collins on 4 June 2020.[3]

In the book, Fang Fang calls for an end to Internet censorship in China, saying: “Dear internet censors, you should let Wuhan people speak”.[4]


She was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women announced on 23 November 2020.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Article on Fang Fang (in Chinese, Google English translation)
  2. ^ "Fang Fang: The 'Conscience of Wuhan' Amid Coronavirus Quarantine". The Diplomat. 2020-03-23.
  3. ^ "Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang". Harper Collins.
  4. ^ Kiki Zhao (2020-02-14). "The Coronavirus Story Is Too Big for China to Spin". New York Times.
  5. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2020: Who is on the list this year?". BBC News. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
Cultural offices
Wang Xianpei [zh]
President of Hubei Writers Association
Li Xiuwen (李修文)