Yuan Jing (writer)

Yuan Jing (1914 – 29 July 1999[1]), born Yuan Xingzhuang, was a Chinese fiction writer, best known for her wartime novel Daughters and Sons (1949, co-authored with her then-husband Kong Jue), which was adapted into a successful 1951 film.[2]

Yuan Jing
BornYuan Xingzhuang (袁行莊)
1914 (1914)
Beijing, China
Died29 July 1999(1999-07-29) (aged 84–85)
Tianjin, China
Occupationnovelist, screenwriter
Notable workDaughters and Sons (1949, co-authored with Kong Jue)
  • Kong Jue (孔厥)
  • Lou Ningxian (娄凝先)
Yuan Jing
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Yuan Jing came from a famous intellectual family. Her sister Yuan Xiaoyuan was China's first female diplomat. Scholar Yuan Xingpei is her cousin. Taiwan-based novelist Chiung Yao is a cousin-niece.

Yuan Jing joined the Communist Party of China in 1935 and went to Yan'an during the Second Sino-Japanese War where she began to write in several genres. During the Korean War she went to Korea as a journalist. Attacked during the Cultural Revolution, she resumed her writing in the 1980s, focusing on children's literature.[3]

Works translated to EnglishEdit

Year Chinese title Translated English title Translator(s)
1949 新儿女英雄传 (co-authored with Kong Jue) Daughters and Sons[4] Sidney Shapiro
1958 小黑马的故事 The Story of Little Black Horse[5] Nieh Wen-chuan


  1. ^ Zhang Shuying (张淑英) (1999-08-03). "作家袁静永别读者" [Author Yuan Jing Departs Her Readers Forever]. Guangming Daily (in Chinese).
  2. ^ McDougall, Bonnie S.; Louie, Kam (1997). The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century. Columbia University Press. pp. 240–1. ISBN 0-231-11084-7.
  3. ^ Su Lipeng (苏莉鹏) (2010-10-27). "烟台道43号袁静旧居" [43 Yantai Way, Yuan Jing's Former Residence]. Metro Express (in Chinese).
  4. ^ Yuan Jing; Kong Jue. Daughters and Sons. Translated by Sidney Shapiro. Foreign Languages Press.
  5. ^ Yuan Ching. The Story of Little Black Horse. Translated by Nieh Wen-chuan. Foreign Languages Press.