Yuan Yang

Yuan Yang was born in China and lives in London, where she writes for The Economist’s finance and economics section. You can find her on Twitter @YuanFenYang

Posts by Yuan Yang

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Emei City

Lost homes – a poem by Yuan Yang



The summer soon gone,

I was walking in my first hometown.


The guardsmen at the district gate

watched me like a stray white cat:




Poem: Names

A sense of where you belong – by Yuan Yang


When I was four and went to school

in Manchester, the kids would ask:

“What’s your name? Where you from?”

and I would say, “Ni shuo shen me?”

Which is Mandarin for the kind

of bewilderment you have as a kid

from inner-mountain-basin China

who has just come through Heathrow.