Belinda Chang, pen name Chang Yuan, was born in Taiwan in 1963. She graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University, and earned a masters degree from the department of Performance Studies at New York University. She worked as a journalist for the iconic cultural magazine “ECHO” in Taiwan, and for the largest Chinese newspaper, World Journal, in New York.
In the mid-90s, she won several major literary awards in Taiwan, published her first short story collection, and established herself as a unique voice among Taiwanese writers. She has since published eight collections of short stories, two novels, one collection of essays. Three collections of selected stories have been published since 2016. Chang’s works have been included in various literary anthologies, taught in colleges, and translated into English.
Since 2005, she and her family have been living in Shanghai, China. The experience of living in various countries and cultures has given Chang’s work its characteristic complexity and depth. Her works were praised as having captured vivid images of Taiwanese immigrants/residents in the USA as well as mainland China.
She has been a participant in the conference since 2010.