XIAO TONG, PEN NAME OF SHENG JIANZHONG (1928— )
XIAO TONG, PEN NAME OF SHENG JIANZHONG (1928— ). Essayist and fiction writer. Educated in Shanghai and Beijing, Xiao Tong went to Taiwan in 1949 and edited a newspaper for a living. He settled in Hong Kong in 1961, working in the beginning as a screenplay writer and director for a film studio and later quitting his job to concentrate on his writing. He is a prolific writer who has worked in many literary genres. His greatest achievements are his essays and fiction. The most memorable of his essays were written in the 1970s, recording the several trips he made back to Beijing. As a fiction writer, he sticks strictly to the mimetic mode of expression and deals with contemporary realities.