Born in 1962 in Shanghai, Self-employed Yao Hua (John) Sheng graduated from college and soon after, in 1989, he left China for Australia. He has lived in Sydney ever since. His first short story collection Love in the City was first published in 2010 and then republished in China in 2012.
He has spent the last 30 years watching the changes taking place in China and holds very strong opinions about these changes. He firmly believes that it is only the elite who have prospered; improvement is only surface deep and feels it his duty as a story teller to record all of his findings in an informative yet emotive way. He wants everyone to gain a glimpse into modern China and follow his own personal and poignant journey through his collection of short stories.