Pan Ling is an author of the Buyi ethnicity, who was born in a mountain village named Liuhe in Xiaohe Town, Qiaojia County, Yunnan in July of 1966. He is a member of the China Writers Association, Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Minority Writers' Society, Deputy Chairman of the Yunnan Writers' Society, and Editor-in-Chief of Bianjiang Literature. He is one of the "four kinds of original talents" of famous cultural workers, as well as a State Council Special Allowance Expert.
In the mid-1980s, Pan Ling established the Benliu Literature Press at Yunnan Normal University, and began writing literature. He published over 50 short stories in national publications, as well as eight novels:Mud Sun, Tale of Jade, Halfway Youths, Chief Shi Xinfang, Bloody Love, The End of Love, Red Kite, and Shangri-La. He also published the novella Snow in the Wind. In the 1990s, he took part in the founding of the bimonthly avant-garde literary magazine Master.
Mud Sun and Tale of Jade are Pan Ling's representative novels. Mud Sun tells the story of a remote mountain village in southwest China that is rebuilding itself, and reveals the spiritual poverty of Chinese farmers. The novel was first published in Fangcao, then re-published by People's Literature Publishing House to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Reform and Opening Up Movement. This novel earned the 10th Junma Award for National Ethnic Minority Literature.
Tale of Jade describes a businessman on the southwest edge of Tengchong who is engaged in selling jade, and how he goes from being a businessman into becoming a soldier in the Sino-Japanese War. The novel successfully combines jade culture, border culture, and the culture of the Sino-Japanese War to create a turbulent legend of war and business. The novel was first published in Shiyue, has been published by the China Writers Association, and has been turned into a 40-episode television series that aired on dozens of stations both in China and abroad.
Pan Ling is also an important novella writer. His feature novellas are A Person and a Village and The Elderly Who Stole Voices. A Person and a Village reflects the issue of the "hollowing out" of rural China, and tells the preposterous story of how the villagers of Bao Wuming host a Spring Festival gala with a herd of sheep all to get their hero to stay with them. This story was published in Master and re-published by many magazines, and also won a nomination for the 6th Lu Xun Literary Prize.The Elderly Who Stole Voices is a novella which describes immigrant life in a small village, and the unbelievable tale of five elderly people who steal voices. It was first published in Masters and re-published by many domestic publications. It has been hailed as an "amazing piece" and "call to lament China's nostalgia and rural culture".
Pan Ling is an important writer telling the story of China. His novels are filled with sympathy and concern, as he writes tales of close, realistic, believable farmers. He is a representative author of neo-nativist literature.