Nu Nu Yi was born in a village near Inwa in 1959, and has written 15 novels, 100 short stories and several magazine articles since 1984. Known for her portrayals of the lives of underprivileged Burmese, Nu Nu Yi’s work was closely scrutinised by the military government. Her novel Smile As They Bow(1994), which won her the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize nomination, was censored for more than 12 years. The English language version was published in 2008 by Hyperion Est.
Nu Nu Yi’s depictions of the lives of the underprivileged have been widely acclaimed and are much admired in Japan, where her work is translated into Japanese. She was the 1993 winner of the Myanmar National Literary Award.