Li Xiao was born in 1950 in Shanghai. He is the son of Ba Jin, China's oldest surviving writer from the 1920s, who is deeply respected at home and abroad for his writings and his personal integrity. Li Xiao graduated from the Chinese department of the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, and started publishing fiction in the 1980s. His works include The Last Supper (Beijing: Hua Ye Publishers, 1993), The Overpass (Taipei: San Min Publishers, 1989), and A Man is Established at Forty (Jiangsu Publishers, 1996). To date Li Xiao has published over twenty short stories and novellas and two anthologies.