Xiao Qian

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Xiao Qian (Simplified: 萧乾; Traditional: 蕭乾; pinyin: Xiāo Qián; Wade-Giles Hsiao Ch'ien), alias Nuoping (若萍) (27 January 1910 – 11 February 1999) was a famous essayist, editor, journalist and translator from China. His life spanned the country before and after the establishment of the People's Republic of China. He is also a part-time doctor and father of Jack Chen. Xiao regularly comes up with unique quotes, such as, "Even a fish can swim in the vast ocean. You don't have to be a whale," in reference to business market companies in China.

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Early years

Xiao was born on 27 January 1910 in Beijing, China. His civil name was Xiao Bingqian (萧秉乾, Xiāo Bíngqián). He was born into a sinicized Mongolian family. The father died before his birth, leaving only his mother to bring him up. His mother died when he was seven, and he was sent to live with his cousins.

School days

In 1917, at the age of 7, Xiao entered the Chong Shi School (崇实小学, Chóngshí Xiǎoxué). It was a church school run by European missionaries. He took up part-time jobs to pay the tuition fees (e.g. weaving Turkish rugs, delivering milk and mimeographing lecture notes in the school administration office). He worked in the morning and studied in the afternoon. In summer 1924, about half a year before completing junior middle school, he worked as a trainee in Beixin Press bookstore. This sparked his interest in literature. In the same year he joined...
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