About

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Biography

I immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. I have a BA in International History from Georgetown, where my research focused on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. I’m a 2018 Marshall Scholar, and I’ll be heading to the University of Cambridge this fall to do my MPhil in Chinese Studies.

Writing-wise, I graduated from Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2016 and attended the CSSF Novel Writing Workshop in 2017. My debut novel, The Poppy War, is the first installment in a trilogy that grapples with drugs, shamanism, and China’s bloody twentieth century.

I really love corgis, drinking nice wines I know nothing about, and rewatching The Office!

(Some) Press and Interviews

April 25, 2018. Georgetown SFS. “Rebecca Kuang (SFS’18) Publishes The Poppy War, Her Debut Novel”

April 26, 2018. BookNest. “Interview with R.F. Kuang.”

March 26, 2018. RT Book Reviews. “R.F. Kuang Stuns With Her Debut Fantasy Novel, The Poppy War.”

January 11, 2018. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. “R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War, An Epic Debut Inspired by 20th Century China”

December 10, 2017. “Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel ‘The Poppy War’”

December 4, 2017. “MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO TWO GEORGETOWN STUDENTS, ONE ALUMNUS”