Chan Koonchung was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong. After working as a reporter at an English newspaper in Hong Kong, he founded the influential magazine City in 1976, where he was chief editor and then publisher for twenty three years. He is also a screenwriter and film producer of both Chinese and English-language films, a co-founder of the Hong Kong environmental group Green Power and a board member of Greenpeace International from 2008 to 2011. He lives in Beijing.
He recently funded the NGO, Minjian, which connects Chinese public intellectuals with their counterparts in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. The Fat Years is his first book, a portrait of China in 2013, when capitalism in the West has self-destructed, and the Chinese people are afflicted by temporary amnesia and a sinister optimism. The book has been banned in Koonchung’s homeland.