JIN YI, A.K.A. YUNYUN, PEN NAMES OF ZHANG CHU (1927— )
JIN YI, A.K.A. YUNYUN, PEN NAMES OF ZHANG CHU (1927— ). Fiction and prose writer, playwright, and poet. A Hong Kong native, Jin Yi is a prolific author of mainly novels and novellas. He began writing plays in 1949 and later concentrated on fictional work, dealing with the concerns of youth, such as jobs, friendship, love, and other worries that tend to occupy a young person’s mind, as well as the life of the working class. His later works treat larger issues of Hong Kong’s history and society. Jin Yi’s publications include Tong xin jie (True-Love Knot), Nu hai tong zhou (On the Same Boat in the Turbulent Sea), Cuoshi (Blunder), and Xianggang shui shang yi jia ren (A Family on the Hong Kong River). One of his novels, Yingfeng qü (Singing against the Wind), has been translated into Thai and serialized in a newspaper in Thailand, helping to spread his reputation to Southeast Asia. Jin Yi worked as a journalist and an editor for several Hong Kong newspapers including Wenhui Daily.