Wuhan Diary

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Wuhan Diary
AuthorFang Fang
FormatOnline diary
First issue25 January 2020; 4 years ago (2020-01-25)
Final issue
25 March 2020 (2020-03-25)
Based inWuhan

Wuhan Diary (Chinese: 武汉日记; pinyin: Wǔhàn rìjì) is an online diary written by Chinese writer Fang Fang about the life of the people of Wuhan, China during the Wuhan lockdown during efforts to quarantine the center of an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and stop it spreading.[1][2][3] An English translation of the diary, titled Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, was published in book format by HarperCollins in June 2020.


During the 2020 Hubei lockdowns, her Wuhan Diary (武汉日记), the daily account of the locked down city's posted on social media, was widely made public. However, each post was quickly deleted by censors.[4] Fang Fang's Weibo account, which had more than 3.8 million followers, was shut down in February. It was later reinstated.[5] Fang Fang started the diary on 25 January 2020, two days after Wuhan was locked down.[6][7][8] She published her 60th and what she called her final entry shortly after midnight on 25 March 2020, hours after the authorities announced that Wuhan's lockdown would end on 8 April.[9] Fang wrote her diary from her house in Wuhan's Wuchang District, where she lives alone.[10]

An English translation, titled Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, translated by Michael Berry, was published in book format by HarperCollins in June 2020.[11] Berry has received angry and death threat emails for translating the diary.[12][13]

Michael Berry, who started translating “Wuhan Diary” into English beginning in February 2020 said that he translated the book in order for “the world to learn from China’s experience in Wuhan”.[12] The German version was translated by Michael Kahn-Ackermann, and was published by Hoffmann und Campe Verlag on May 30, 2020.[14]

In her Wuhan Diary, Fang Fang has called for an end of the Internet censorship in China: "Dear internet censors, you should let Wuhan people speak".[15]

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  2. ^ "She Kept a Diary of China's Epidemic. Now She Faces a Political Storm". The New York Times. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Notes on Covid-19 outbreak: Chinese writer Fang Fang faces death threats for 'Wuhan Diary'". India Today. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Fang Fang: The 'Conscience of Wuhan' Amid Coronavirus Quarantine". The Diplomat. 23 March 2020.
  5. ^ Davidson, Helen (10 April 2020). "Chinese writer faces online backlash over Wuhan lockdown diary". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  6. ^ Lau, Mimi; Xie, Echo (18 April 2020). "Coronavirus: Chinese writer hit by nationalist backlash over diary about Wuhan lockdown". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  7. ^ Su, Alice (21 March 2020). "Two months into coronavirus lockdown, her online diary is a window into life and death in Wuhan". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ Wu, Yuwen (2 March 2020). "Chinese propagandists don't want you to read this diary on the coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  9. ^ Wong, Chun Han (1 April 2020). "A Wuhan Writer Rages Against China's Communist Machine and Becomes an Online Star". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  10. ^ Sherwell, Philip (12 April 2020). "Coronavirus in China: Wuhan's chronicler of daily lies branded a 'traitor'". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang". HarperCollins.
  12. ^ a b Michael Berry (26 June 2020). "I translated 'Wuhan Diary' to amplify the author's voice of courage". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ Feng, Emily (14 May 2020). "'Wuhan Diary' Brings Account Of China's Coronavirus Outbreak To English Speakers". NPR. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Wuhan Diary". Hoffmann und Campe Verlag (in German).
  15. ^ Kiki Zhao (14 February 2020). "The Coronavirus Story Is Too Big for China to Spin". The New York Times.