Yang Jisheng was born in 1940, joined the Communist Party in 1964, and worked for the Xinhua News Agency from January 1968 until his retirement in 2001. He is now a deputy editor at Yanhuang Chunqiu (Chronicles of History), an official journal that regularly skirts censorship with articles on controversial political topics.

A leading liberal voice, he published the Chinese version of “Tombstone” in Hong Kong in May 2008. Many editions have been printed and now the book is being translated into many languages. Yang Jisheng lives in Beijing with his wife and two children.

Books in order of publication (In English)

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 – 2008

The World Turned Upside Down: A History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution – 2021