Chinese-born writer Han Suyin dies in Switzerland

Renowned Chinese-born British writer Han Suyin, or Elisabeth Comber, died Friday at her home in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the age of 95, Han’s family said on Saturday.

A memorial service will be held in Lausanne on Nov. 8, according to her family.

Born in central China’s Henan Province on Sept. 12, 1917, and named Chow Kuanghu, Han was daughter of a Chinese railway engineer and his Belgian wife. She studied medicine in Yenching (Yanjing) University and in Brussels in the 1930s and later in London.

She has published some 40 books on modern China, including non-fictions, novels set in East Asia and autobiographic works.

Her most popular autobiographic book, A Many-Splendored Thing was adapted to a popular American movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing in 1955.


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