Han Dong 韓東 1961-

He was sent down to the rural area of northern Jiangsu during the Cultural Revolution with his parents. When universities reopened at the end of the 1970s, he enrolled at Shandong University's philosophy department, graduating in 1982, after which he taught Marxism-Leninism in various schools and colleges for a decade. He became a full-time writer in 1992. Han Dong made his name as an avant-garde poet in the mid-1980s and has been a major force behind such unofficial poetry magazines as Tamen 他們 [They/Them]. He is also known for his achievements as an essayist and fiction writer. Published works include the poetry collection Baba zai tianshang kan wo 爸爸在天上看我 [Father is watching me from the sky] (2002), and the short story collection Mingliang de bahen 明亮的疤痕 [Bright scars] (2004). His award-winning novel Zhagen 扎根 (2000) was translated into English, Banished!, in 2009.