Xi Xi

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Xi Xi (, born 1938) is the pseudonym of the Chinese author and poet Zhang Yan (). She was born in China and came to Hong Kong at the age of twelve. She was a teacher and now a Hong Kong-based writer. Her works are popular in Taiwan and mainland China. She has become rather well-known to secondary school age Hong Kong people these years likewise, though, not owing to her other specific masterpieces but, very likely, “Shops”, one of her essays which is adopted as reading materials for the Chinese Language paper of Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination by the Hong Kong Examination Authority. The screenplay for the 2006 film, 2 Become 1 was based on her novel, “Mourn Over the Breasts”(哀悼乳房). The film starred Hong Kong Cantopop singer Miriam Yeung, as a woman who suffers breast cancer.


Xi Xi's native county is Zhongshan, Guangdong. She was born in Shanghai, where she attended primary school, in 1938. In 1950, she immigrated to Hong Kong with her parents. Her father worked at Kowloon Motor Bus as a ticket checker. Besides, he had been a Division A soccer team trainer and, later, a referee since he was in Shanghai, thus Xi Xi had developed an immense interest in soccer when she was young. Xi Xi has two brothers and two sisters.

Afterward Xi Xi attended her secondary school classes at Heep Yunn School, where she had lessons instructed in Cantonese; she started her English-instructed lessons from Form 4. In the early life in...
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