(photo by UNITE)
Hsiao-Hung Pai (白晓红/白曉紅) was born in Taiwan and came to Britain in 1991. She holds masters' degrees (MA) from the University of Wales (Critical & Cultural Theory), University of Durham (East Asian politics & history) and University of Westminister (Journalism, with distinction). She also holds a diploma from the London School of Journalism (Subediting & Design, with distinction).
Hsiao-Hung Pai has written for The Guardian, Open Democracy, Red Pepper, Feminist Review, Socialist Review, Chinese Times UK, Chinese Weekly, The Storm (as a columnist), and many other Chinese-language publications worldwide. Her special interests are migration, labour, and nationalism.
Hsiao-Hung translated and wrote introduction for the book Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory by Chris Weedon, published by Laureate Books, 1994, in Taipei, Taiwan (second printing in March 1997). She also translated and wrote a joint introduction for The Return of the National Question by Chris Harman, published by Vanguard Publishing in 2001, Taipei. Hsiao-Hung spent years researching the working lives of undocumented migrant workers in Britain and had her collection of essays, titled "Hidden Assembly Line", serialised in the British-Chinese press in 2005.
She covered the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy for the Guardian. In order to understand the working lives of undocumented Chinese migrants, she went undercover in many British workplaces. Nick Broomfield's film Ghosts (2006) was based on her work. She contributed to A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger, published by Zed Books in November 2016.
Hsiao-Hung is the author of the following books:
* Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour (published by Penguin in April 2008), shortlisted for the Orwell Book Prize 2009. The book was chosen as one of "the most worth talking about books" by World Book Day. (Festival attended for this book: Hay Festival, interviewed by Nick Broomfield)
* Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants
(published by Verso in August 2012), winner of Bread and Roses Award 2013. Its Chinese edition was published by Flaneur Culture Lab (行人文化实验室), Taipei, in July 2014. (Festivals attended for this book: Southbank literary festival; Edinburgh radical book fair; Marxism festival)
* Invisible: Britain's Migrant Sex Workers (published by Westbourne Press in April 2013); its Chinese edition was published by Homeward in Taipei, in April 2015.
* Angry White People: Coming Face-to-face with the British Far-right (published by Zed Books in March 2016); its Chinese edition was published by Homeward Publishing in Taipei, in September 2016. (Festival attended for this book: Bristol ideas festival)
* Bordered Lives: How Europe Fails Refugees and Migrants (published by New Internationalist in January 2018); its Chinese edition was published by Homeward Publishing in February 2019. (Festival attended for this book: Edinburgh International Book Festival)
* 隐形生产线 (Hidden Army of Labour), her first fiction, was published in Chinese by Homeward Publishing in Taipei in September 2013. It was then published by Sanlian Publishers in Beijing, China, in July 2015. That November, it was shortlisted for the Top 100 Good Books in China.
Hsiao-Hung Pai was shortlisted for EMMA’s Best Print Journalism in 2004. She won a Feature of the Year commendation from WorkWorld Media Awards in January 2008. In 2016, she won the Mulan Award for 'Contribution to Education, Arts and Culture' in London.
Hsiao-Hung is a member of the National Union of Journalists. She works mainly in London and the UK.
To contact Hsiao-Hung Pai, please write to littleredbooks2016@gmail.com