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Mian Mian is the "brilliant bad girl of Chinese literature", an iconic figure in China’s alternative culture.
She is the first to describe drugs and rock music in Chinese literature.
The work she is best known for, Candy, takes the form of a “fictionalised autobiography”. Candy was an “underground” bestseller, and is a classic of youth literature. It has been translated and published in fifteen languages.
Mian Mian attracted attention in the literary world from the moment she began writing at the age of seventeen. Her fiction has frequently been banned because of its sensitive content.
In April 2000, publication and sales of all her fictional work were officially banned by the government. In addition, the media was prohibited from “talking about Mian Mian and Mian Mian’s works”.
Mian Mian also devised the first rock music events and big rave parties in China. Beginning in 1997, she travelled to many Chinese cities running dance parties with the declared aim of “getting everyone up and dancing right to the end” as she puts it. Then in 2005, she decided to stop running dance parties in clubs. She says, about the dance parties she had previously organized: “We created a virus, and for years afterwards that virus was called ‘culture’”.
From 2004 onwards, Mian Mian began to publish on the mainland again. But she soon decided not to do any interviews in the mainstream media, and began to focus only on social media.
Mian Mian loves to experiment with forms of writing. The strongly postmodern urban qualities and subculture sensibilities evident in Mian Mian's literary work made it difficult for China’s mainstream cultural realm to understand.
In 2011 she decided not to allow any of her works to be published in book by any Chinese publisher. Instead she will make them all available free to her readers on the internet.
She continues to be a significant social connector for Shanghai and the international art, music and film worlds.
In 2006，Mian Mian gave up smoking, became vegetarian and turned to Buddhism. Her life and her writing have been a journey through personal liberation, self–destruction and self–redemption.
She has also continued to work closely with electronic musicians in China. In 2008, she started the programme “don't go clubbing” on the 24-hour electronic dance music internet radio station, Udance, www.udancecn.com.
Early in 2009, Mian Mian sued Google for copyright infringement of Acid Lovers, and the American search engine’s plans to create an online library. At the same time, she declared that she had no connection with the (Chinese) Writers Association and accused Chinese publishers of being swindlers and bullies.
In 2012, Mian Mian started curating contemporary art exhibitions . She cares about nurturing China’s new artistic forces, and breaks boundaries in her choice of creators. Each event she organizes is like her literary work, in that it always secures the involvement of pioneering ,economic, political, electronic and rock music and communities.
In a rapidly changing China which is in a state of violent transformation, Mian Mian is a creator of culture who uses art to facilitate communication.