Xiang Ming (Hsiang Ming) (“toward light”) is the pen name of Dong Ping, who came from Changsha, Hunan Province. In 1944 the spreading War of Resistance against Japanese invasion drove him out of his hometown, and in 1945 he enrolled in Central Air Security Academy in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. In 1949 he moved to Taiwan with the military, from which he was honorably discharged as a colonel in 1984. After a brief stint as an electrical engineer, he worked as an editor for various newspapers and journals.
Xiang Ming started writing poetry in 1951, studied with Qin Zihao in 1953, and published his first collection in 1959, followed by five more over the decades. He served as the chief editor of the Blue Star Poetry Journal from 1985 to 1992 and cofounded the Taiwan Poetics Quarterly in 1992. In addition to poetry, he has published prose and children's stories.