Born in 1973 in Taipei, Zhang earned a Master's degree from the Department of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle. She began to write stories and plays when she was a student at Zhongshan Girls High School. She later studied history at National Chengchi University, where she chaired the Society for Women Studies. In 1996, "Domestic Affairs" was awarded Unitas's New Author Award for Fiction. It won high praise from Li Ang, who sat on the judging panel that year. It was also selected for Avanguard's The Best Taiwanese Literature 1995-1996. Zhang's short story collections When Things Decay and The Best of Times were published by Rye Field in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Following an eight-year silence, her novel Not In Love for Long: Recollections of Nantes and Paris was published in 2011 by Unitas. She is also the author of the essay collections As a Suspected Feminist and The Unlikely Happy Art of Being in Love, as well as the short play Natalie, What are You Doing on this Earth?, among others.
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