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Pai Hsien-yung

Born: Jul 11, 1937

Birthplace: Guilin

Profession: Writer

Nationality: Taiwan

Pai Hsien-yung

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1937
Birth Place : Guilin

Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai, born July 11, 1937 is a writer who has been described as a "melancholy pioneer." He was born in Guilin, Guangxi, China at the cusp of both the Second Sino-Japanese War and subsequent Chinese Civil War. Pai's father was the famous Kuomintang general Bai Chongxi, whom he later described as a "stern, Confucian father" with "some soft spots in his heart." Pai was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of seven, during which time he would have to live in a separate house from his siblings. He lived with his family in Chongqing, Shanghai, and Nanjing before moving to the British-controlled Hong Kong in 1948 as CPC forces turned the tide of the Chinese Civil War. In 1952, Pai and his family resettled in Taiwan, where the KMT had relocated the Republic of China after Japan's defeat in 1945.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Xianyong Bai
  • Bai Xianyong
  • Bái Xianyong


  • Bai Chongxi
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