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Shi Pingmei

Updated: 2019-04-18

Shi Pingmei (1902- 1928) was a famous Chinese writer. She was born in Xiaohe village in Pingding county (now Xiaohe village, Yijing town), and later moved to Gugu Temple, Pingding town. Her father, Shi Ming, was a successful candidate in the imperial examinations at the provincial level in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). He worked for Shanxi University and the Shanxi Provincial Museum, and had a great influence on the juvenile Shi Pingmei. In 1912, she went to Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, with her father. She entered the primary school affiliated to Taiyuan Normal School and the Taiyuan Women's Teaching College. In1920, she enrolled at the Beijing Women's Teaching College and majored in physical education. After graduation, she served as a teacher or lecturer at many schools, including the High School affiliated to Beijing Normal University, Chunming Girls School, and Beijing Normal University. On Sept 30, 1928, she died at Peking Union Medical College Hospital from encephalitis when she was only 26.

Shi was a talented literary woman in Beijing in the 1920s under the influence of the May 4th Movement in 1919. In the starry sky of new literature, her talent sparked remarkably. The outstanding character of her and her works left a rich cultural heritage for future generations. Her novels, essays, poems, and scripts had been praised and valued by Lu Xun, a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. In 1983, the "Shi Pingmei Collection" was published. The TV series "Ms. Shi Pingmei", an adaptation of a novel based on her life story, was released in 1990 and broadcast by China Central Television.