Yang Yi (author)

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Yang Yi
Born (1964-06-18) June 18, 1964 (age 52)
Harbin, China
Pen name Liu Qiao
Occupation Novelist, lecturer
Language Chinese, Japanese
Nationality Chinese
Education Ochanomizu University
Notable awards Akutagawa Prize, Bungakukai Newcomer's Prize
Children Two
Relatives Chen Tien-shi (cousin)

Yang Yi (simplified Chinese: 杨逸; traditional Chinese: 楊逸; pinyin: Yáng Yì) (born June 18, 1964) is the pen name of Liu Qiao, a Chinese-born novelist who has lived in Japan since 1987.[1]

Yang was born in the Chinese city of Harbin and remains a Chinese citizen. In 2008, she won the 139th Akutagawa Prize for her (Japanese language) novel Tokiga nijimu asa (literally, A Morning When Time Blurs). She is thus far the only Chinese national and only non-native Japanese speaker to win the award.

Currently she is a visiting professor at Kanto Gakuin University[2] and a part-time lecturer at Nihon University.


  1. ^ "Chinese novelist Yang wins Akutagawa Prize." Japan Times July 16, 2008.
  2. ^ "Department of Literature (in Japanese)". Kanto Gakuin University. 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Yang Yi at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)