Yang Suang-Zi: Pioneering Gender Narratives in Historical Fiction
 – Taiwan

Yang Shuang-Zi is a distinguished creator of historical and popular fiction. As an enthusiast of Taiwanese folklore, her writing journey is a reflective exploration of history and culture, skillfully intertwining contemporary gender perspectives into her historical narratives, thereby enriching the genre of Taiwanese historical novels. Distinctively diverging from traditional historians who often portray narratives from the perspective of colonial victims, in her acclaimed work Taiwan Travelogue, Yang Shuang-Zi chooses to represent female "yuri" relationships – depicting them as transformative forces that empower women in traditionally marginalized positions. Through her novels, Yang Shuang-Zi provides a compelling reinterpretation of the past, making visible the understated yet powerful roles women have played throughout history.