Zhiling Gao is an interpreter, literary translator, language teacher, broadcaster, and author. She has taught courses in Chinese language and culture at Melbourne University. Her short story “Mao’s Great Mangifera Parade” won the Victorian Writers Centre’s Grace Marion Wilson award. Gao is an Asialink writer-in-residence, hosted by The Bookworm in Beijing. She is currently working on a social memoir, A Bag of Power, set in her birthplace of Inner Mongolia, which explores the behavior of ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances through the eyes of a child of the time. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.