Chen Ruoxi (Ch'en Jo-hsi, Chen Jo-hsi) 1938-
Born in Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University, where she and a group of other young writers (including Bai Xianyong) founded the bi-monthly Modern Literature. After graduation she gained an MA in the United States, having studied at Mount Holyoke College and Johns Hopkins University. In 1966 she and her husband went to Nanjing and lived there for seven years during the Cultural Revolution. Her subsequent collection of stories, The Execution of Mayor Yin (1978) won her instant international recognition. On leaving China, she stayed in Hong Kong for a year before emigrating to Canada and then the United States.
Works available in English:
Democracy Wall and the Unofficial Journals (by Chen Ruoxi). Berkeley: Center
for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California,
Ethics and Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Lowell Dittmer and
Chen Ruoxi). Berkeley: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian
Studies, University of California, 1981.
The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian
Cultural Revolution (Nancy Ing and Howard Goldblatt). Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1978.
The Old Man and Other Stories (Diane Cornell and others). Hong Kong:
Research Center for Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1986.
The Short Stories of Chen Ruoxi, Translated from the Original Chinese: A
Writer at the Crossroads (ed. by Kao Hsin-sheng). New York: Edwin Mellen