Geling Yan ( Chinese name: 嚴歌苓/ 严歌苓
) was born in Shanghai, People 's Republic of China. She performed as a dancer at age 12. She served in the People 's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, in Tibet and later as a ournalist in the Sino-Vietnamese War, achieving th rank equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel. Her irst ovel was ublished in 1985. She is the writer of uch novels as The Banquet Bug ( published as The Uninvited in the UK) and The Lost Daughter of Happiness, as ell as thi story collection entitled White Snake and Other Novel.
Many of Yan 's works have been adapted for film, including Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl, which was directed by Joan Chen and Siao Yu, directed by Sylvia Chang and screenplay co-written by Ang Lee. Zhang Yimou, the Chinese director of To Live and Raise the Red Lantern is currently adapting another of her storie to the screen. She has collaborate on other scripts including a biography of Mei Lanfang, the Peking opera star, for Chinese director Chen Kaige. She is a member of the Hollywood Writer 's Guild of America and Writer 's Association of China.
Yan holds a bachelor 's degree in philosoph from Wuhan University, and Master 's in Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.