Han Suyin

Han Suyin loved China but turned a blind eye to its excesses

Author Han Suyin, pictured in 1991, a prolific writer on China who was often dismissed as an apologist for Mao's China. Photo: China Foto Press

There are few women whose life and views on modern China have aroused as much controversy as Han Suyin, who died aged 95 in Switzerland on November 2.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 5:36am 1 comment

Great minds not necessarily to be trusted

Chinese-born author Han Suyin speaking at a press conference in 1977. Photo: SCMP

Why did some of the most brilliant minds of the last century become apologists for history's worst tyrannies? Today we cringe recalling the 1968 pronouncement of Chinese-born author Han Suyin, who died last Friday aged 95, that Mao Zedong was "the greatest man China has known".

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am 2 comments

‘Chinese revolutionary’ author Han Suyin dies at 95

Han Suyin in Hong Kong in 1988. Photo: SCMP

Renowned Chinese-born writer Han Suyin, whose autobiographical novel was turned into the popular American film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, has died in Lausanne, Switzerland, Chinese and Swiss media said on Sunday. She was 95.

Han, the author of about 40 books on modern China, died on Friday, Xinhua reported, citing her family.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Writer Han Suyin dies at 95

Han Suyin

Renowned Chinese-born writer Han Suyin has died at her home in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the age of 95.

A memorial service will be held in Lausanne on Thursday, Xinhua cited her family as saying following her death on Friday.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment