Stories based on lives of former offenders

Stories based on lives of former offenders
Above: The writer for 'Low-Class Animals'.

Low-Class Animals

"My starting point may have been better than other people's, but in here, we're actually all the same, trying to reform ourselves day by day, learning to confront loneliness, longing for our freedom.

"My name is Zhang Xiao Yu. In the past, I was too arrogant. I looked down on people and liked to make fun of them. "But actually, I'm no better. I'm a lowclass animal, too."

The author:

Her story for Passages is under her pen name Han Han. In reality, Tan Kee Yun, 30, is a journalist with The New Paper.

She has published three short story collections in Chinese and a collection of Chinese essays. She was also part of the literature contingent at Singapore Season 2007 in Shanghai and Beijing.

Her story was originally written in Chinese.

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A female prisoner who initially looks down on other prisoners as she is richer and more educated than them.

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