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country of citizenship:
People's Republic of China
language of expression: Esperanto
educated at: Sichuan University
occupation: writer, translator, Esperantist, autobiographer, children's writer, politician
award received: Commander of the Legion of Honour, Order of Friendship of Peoples, honorary doctor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize
position held: member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, member of the National People's Congress
Li Yaotang (25 November 1904 – 17 October 2005), better known by his pen name Ba Jin and also known as Li Pei Kan, was a Chinese author and political activist best known for his novel The Family. He is considered to be one of the most important and widely read Chinese writers of the 20th century.
Ba Jin's son Li Xiao is also a fiction writer.
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