Zhang Yihe was born in Chongqing in 1942, but her family is from Anhui province. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and a Peking Opera scholar. Her father, Zhang Bojun, was named China’s "Number One Rightist" and was a founder of the China Democratic League and sixth President of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party. She currently lives in Beijing and has published The Past is Not Like Smoke, a memoir about her parents’ friends, some of whom she termed "Aristocrats" for their role in the formation of modern China as we know it today. She’s also the author of Past Stories of Actors, about Peking Opera stars. Recently she has turned her hand to fiction.
Alice Xin Liu was born in Beijing but left for London at the age of seven, returning when she was twenty-one. She is a graduate in English literature, Durham University, but her Chinese cadre grandparents were the main force behind her education. She has translated poems by Sen Zi for the Copper Canyon Press/NEA Chinese poetry anthology Push Open the Window and has an ongoing contract with a Chinese publishing house to translate The Letters of Shen Congwen. Her translations have been published on Granta.com, Chutzpah!, Asymptote, and Words without Borders. She is currently translating Han Han's next nonfiction book, which she compiled with her co-translator Joel Martinsen for Simon and Schuster. She is the managing editor of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, an English-language literary journal jointly produced by Paper Republic and People's Literature.