Hsiao-Hung Pai

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Hsiao-Hung Pai (simplified Chinese: 白晓红; traditional Chinese: 白曉紅; pinyin: Bái Xiǎohóng) (born 1968 in Taipei, Taiwan) is a writer best known for her books Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour which was short-listed for the 2009 Orwell Prize[1] and Scattered Sand:The Story of China's Rural Migrants which won the Bread and Roses Award in 2013.

She contributes to The Guardian newspaper[2] and many UK-Chinese publications.


Pai has lived in the UK since 1991, and holds master's degrees from the University of Wales, University of Durham and the University of Westminster. She holds a bachelor's degree from Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei.

Pai's third book, Invisible: Britain's Migrant Sex Workers was published in 2013 and focuses on the story of two immigrant prostitutes in the United Kingdom. Pai worked undercover as a maid in brothels in Burnley, Lancashire, and Finchley and Stratford in London, as part of her research for the book.[3] Invisible was serialised in the G2 section of The Guardian.[3][4] Pai was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour in April 2013 about her findings.[5]



  1. ^ Pauli, Michelle (17 June 2009). "International slant for Orwell prize shortlist". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Film-maker's cockle tragedy walk". BBC News. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Press round up". Press round-up: Invisible by Hsiao-Hung Pai. Saqi Press. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "The brothel worker: 'I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here'". The Guardian. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Migrant sex workers". BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour. BBC Online. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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