Han Suyin

physician and author

1917 or 1916   -   2012

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, People's Republic of China, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
languages spoken, written or signed: English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese
educated at: Peking University, Yenching University
occupation: midwife, writer, non-fiction writer, novelist, autobiographer, physician, author
award received: Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, honorary doctor of the Nanjing Normal University

Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chou (Chinese: 周光瑚; pinyin: Zhōu Guānghú) (12 September 1917 or 1916 – 2 November 2012) was a Chinese-born Eurasian physician and author better known by her pen name Han Suyin (simplified Chinese: 韩素音; traditional Chinese: 韓素音; pinyin: Hán Sùyīn). She wrote in English and French on modern China, set her novels in East and Southeast Asia, and published autobiographical memoirs which covered the span of modern China. These writings gained her a reputation as an ardent and articulate supporter of the Chinese Communist Revolution. She lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, for many years until her death.
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