Yan Li

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Yan Li (Chinese: 李彥) b. 1955 is a Beijing-born Chinese-Canadian fiction author who has written in both Chinese and English. In China, she worked as a translator, instructor and journalist. [1]Having moved to Canada in 1987, her 1995 novel Daughters of the Red Land, felt by some to be autobiographical, was a finalist for a Books in Canada First Novel Award.[2][3][4] She teaches at Renison University College.[5] and has been director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo.[1] [6]Her novel Lily in the Snow (2009) followed a Chinese immigrant family in Ontario.[7]


  • Daughters of the Red Land[8][9][10]
  • Lily in the Snow


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Confucius Institute (CI) director, Yan Li, publishes New Novel. Lily in the Snow". Renison University College. April 4, 2012.
  2. "Yan Li – Asian Heritage in Canada".
  3. https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/82425/3/Lu_Yan_201511_PhD_thesis.pdf
  4. Condé, Mary. "Canadian Border Crossings: Evelyn Lau and Larissa Lai." China Fictions/English Language. Brill, 2008. 141-159.
  5. "Professor Yan Li featured in October issue of China Business Focus". Renison University College. April 4, 2012.
  6. https://torontolife.com/city/something-borrowed/
  7. Luo, Shao-Pin. "Writing Chinese Diaspora." Canadian Literature, no. 214, autumn 2012, p. 172. Gale Academic OneFile, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A334379691/AONE?u=usyd&sid=googleScholar&xid=fff96a1b. Accessed 6 Feb. 2022.
  8. 부산대학교 중어중문학과; Moon-Su, Pil (2019-09-30). "Criticism, Deconstruction and Reconstruction in Double Reflection : Interpreting Chinese Writer Li Yan's "Daughters of the Red Land"". Chinese Studies. 68: 299–314. doi:10.14378/KACS.2019.68.68.18. ISSN 1229-9618.
  9. "Daughters of the red land - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  10. Carey, Barbara (14 Jan 1996). "Shadow of Mao darkens life in the red land Daughters Of The Red Land By Yan Li". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 2022-02-09.

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