Yiran Dai was born and raised in the city of Shanghai, China. Growing up in a place that preserves its eastern tradition while absorbing western elements, Yiran embraced multiculturalism during her upbringing, which also enlivened her academic interest in cultural studies of modern China. For Yiran, the most straightforward approach to authentic cultures has always been literature, especially folklores and popular writings, which she believes to conceal a history of the past and a guidance to the future. Yiran’s compassion and curiosity into human nature has led her to immersive reading of fictional works, and brought her thoughts and research back to culture itself. During 2012 and 2016, Yiran received her undergraduate education at the Department of Chinese Language & Literature, Fudan Unviersity. In the fall of 2014, she was an exchange scholar to Cal Berkeley, majoring in East Asian Studies. Yiran also developed her enthusiasm for creative writing, as she has published a short story on a local newspaper in Shanghai and worked as a playwright on campus. Yiran supports gender equality. She is an active member of The Vagina Monologues at Fudan University and Tsinghua University.