Geling Yan

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Geling Yan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English. Born in Shanghai, she served with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Cultural Revolution, starting at age 12 as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. After serving for over a ... See full bio »

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 2019 A City Called Macau (story)
 2018 The Years You Were Late (TV Series)
 2017 Youth
 2017 Earth: One Amazing Day (Documentary) (narration written by)
 2014 Ju Chang (TV Series) (written by)
 2014 Coming Home (based on the novel by)
 2012 Dangerous Liaisons (screenplay)
 2012 Niang yao jia ren (TV Series)
 2011 The Flowers of War (novel)
 2011 Xing Fu Lai Qiao Men (TV Series)
 2009 Auntie Duohe (TV Series) (novel)
 2009 An Epic of a Woman (TV Series) (novel)
 2008 Forever Enthralled (screenplay)
 1998 Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (novel "Tian Yu") / (screenplay)
 1995 Siao Yu (novel)
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 2011 Yang Lan One on One (TV Series)
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 2013 Voice (TV Series)

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Geling Yan is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Alternate Names:

Yan Ge-Ling | Ge-Ling Yan

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Literature doesn't stop war, but it helps us understand what wars can do to human hearts, and what worst or best behaviors wars can trigger (in) us. See more »


Yan's ex-husband is Li Kewei; they divorced in the 1990s. In 1992, Yan married her second husband Lawrence Walker in Los Angeles. Walker was a diplomat. They have no biological children together, but have adopted a little Chinese girl. See more »

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