XIA YI, PEN NAME OF CHEN XUANWEN (1922— )
XIA YI, PEN NAME OF CHEN XUANWEN (1922— ). Born in Hong Kong, Xia Yi studied at Southwestern United University in Kunming during the Sino-Japanese War. When the war ended, she continued her studies at Qinghua University in Beijing and began to publish essays and short stories. She returned to Hong Kong in 1948. In 1978, she attended the International Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Xia Yi took material from daily life in Hong Kong and turned it into vivid stories and essays. She was particularly popular with the youth and female readers. Many of her novels are written in diary form, including Xianggang xiaojie riji (Diary of Miss Hong Kong), Shaonii riji (Diary of a Teenage Girl), Qingchun riji (Diary of Youth), and Zhao xia riji (Diary of Morning Clouds). See also WOMEN.