“We are all Fan Yusu,” floated around China’s WeChat and Weibo for a time. But where did this phrase come from, and who is the real Fan Yusu? Millions have read her essay, but Fan, a modest middle-aged woman, “never dreamed of changing her destiny with a pen.” Her guileless essay isn’t a diatribe against oppression, nor is it an indictment against the Chinese Party, but it does touch on the way that policy affects normal people. Fan has since hidden from the limelight, but her essay has moved those who’ve read it and will likely remain in the public consciousness for years to come.
About the Author
Fan Yusu is a Chinese migrant worker whose essay went viral in China. She has since left her home to avoid journalists and remains hidden from the public eye.