RF Kuang Babel, Yellowface, Books, and Age

RF Kuang Biography

RF Kuang is a well-known American fantasy novelist whose first book is The Poppy War. Kuang also published The Dragon Republic in 2019 and The Burning God in 2020. In 2022, Kuang had a stand-alone novel, Babel, or the Necessity of Violence, and Yellowface in 2023. Additionally, she has earned numerous accolades as an author including being on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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RF Kuang’s Quick Facts

Profession:  Novelist
Husband:  Married
Books: 7
Age: 28 years (May 29, 1996)
Net Worth: $3 Million


Kuang was born in Guangzhou, China in May 1996. When she was four years old, Kuang’s family immigrated to the United States. Her mother who grew up in Hainan province coached her not to speak of the Communist Party and not to write about its oppressive regime. Kuang’s father grew up in Leiyang, in Hunan province and her maternal grandfather fought for Chiang Kai-shek.

RF Kuang Fiance

Kuang has been married to her husband whose name remains unknown to the public. She has shared her wedding photos on Instagram on June 8, 2024. The duo also had their engagement photo on October 23, 2023, despite being engaged sometime earlier.


Kuang studied at Greenhill School where she graduated in 2013, and enrolled at Georgetown University where she majored in History. While in college, she began writing Poppy War during a gap year in China at the age of 19. In 2016, she graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and in 2017, she attended the CSSF Novel Writing Workshop.

Moreover, Kuang graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in June 2018 and had her summer coaching a debate camp in Colorado. In subsequent years, Kuang pursued her academic endeavors at Magdalene College, Cambridge, supported by a 2018 Marshall Scholarship, culminating in the attainment of a Master of Philosophy in Chinese Studies.

Kuang undertook studies at University College, Oxford, achieving an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies during her tenure. In addition, she returned to the USA in the fall of 2020 where she had her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University.


Babel is Kuang’s fourth novel which she released in August 2022 and it is set in 1830s England. The book is about British imperialism, capitalism, and the complicity of academia. Babel’s plot is focused on four new students at the institute, their growing awareness that their academic efforts maintain Britain’s imperialist supremacy, the use of violence, and also debate over how to prevent the Opium War. Additionally, Kuang’s book has 545 pages published by Harper Voyager.


Yellowface is Kuang’s book published in 2023 where it was described as a satire of racial diversity in the publishing industry. She took the book’s inspiration from her own experiences as an Asian American author.


Katabasis is a new book that Kuang is set to publish on August 26, 2025. The book is about the story of a hero’s descent into the underworld. In addition, two academic rivals from Cambridge must travel to hell to rescue the soul of their advisor.

Poppy War

The Poppy War is Kuang’s first novel which she published in 2018 and is derived from plot and politics from mid-20th-century China. It follows the conflict based on the Second Sino-Japanese War and also an atmosphere inspired by the Song dynasty. The book has its sequel, The Dragon Republic in August 2019 and The Burning God in November 2020.

RF Kuang Books

Kuang is the author of several books which are under as Poppy War Series and Other Novels. Her books include:

  • The Poppy War in 2018.
  • The Dragon Republic in 2019.
  • The Burning God in 2020.
  • The Drowning Faith in 2020.
  • Babel, or the Necessity of Violence in 2022.
  • Yellowface in 2023.
  • Katabasis in 2025.

Net Worth

Kuang has been a fantasy novelist for almost 10 years and from her books, she has earned $3 Million.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is RF Kuang’s Full Name?

Kuang’s full name is Rebecca F. Kuang.

How Old Is RF Kuang?

Kuang is 28 years old born on May 29, 1996, in Guangzhou, China.

How Much Is RF Kuang Worth?

Kuang has a net worth of $3 Million.

Social Media Account

Twitter – @kuangrf

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