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  • Eric Abrahamsen (US)

    Eric Abrahamsen has lived in Beijing since 2001, when he studied Chinese at the Central University for Nationalities. In 2007 he founded the literary translation agency Paper Republic.

    Eric Abrahamsen has lived in Beijing since 2001, when he studied Chinese at the Central University for Nationalities. In 2007 he founded the literary translation agency Paper Republic. He is a recipient of a PEN translation grant for Wang Xiaobo's My Spiritual Homeland and a NEA Grant for Xu Zechen's Running Through Beijing.

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  • Bill Aitchison (UK)

    Bill Aitchison is a performance artist who has presented his work in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. He has worked in radio and is an associate research fellow at Birkbeck College, London.

    Bill AitchisonBill Aitchison is a performance artist who has presented his work in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. He has worked in radio and is an associate research fellow at Birkbeck College, London. His output is as prolific as it is diverse, with projects such as a guided tour of guided tours, a dance duet on freewill and determinism, a Google Translate performance piece and much more besides. His work is ambitious and strongly conceptual, yet retains a dry sense of humour.

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  • Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan/Canada)

    Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Karachi.

    Musharraf Ali FarooqiMusharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Karachi. His novels have twice caught the attention of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature committee. The Story of a Widow was also listed for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award and Between Clay and Dust was shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize 2012. His children's fiction includes the collection The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories (2011) and the Orwellian Rabbit Rap (2013). Brought to you by the Embassy of Canada.

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  • Ali Alizadeh (Australia)

    Ali Alizadeh is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and literary criticism. Born in Tehran in 1976, he migrated to Australia in 1991 after experiencing the tumultuous years of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.

    Ali AlizadehAli Alizadeh is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and literary criticism. Born in Tehran in 1976, he migrated to Australia in 1991 after experiencing the tumultuous years of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. He has taught at universities in Australia, China, Turkey and United Arab Emirates and along the way has also worked as a street performer, a hair wrapper, and a delivery driver. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and literary criticism. Transactions is his seventh book. He day jobs as a lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Monash University, Melbourne. Ali Alizadeh travels to China courtesy of the Australian Embassy Beijing's Australian Writers Week.

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  • Andrea Berrini

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    Andrea BerriniAndrea Berrini writes non-fiction and short stories set in Africa, Asia and Italy. A Far Better Thing I Do, the story of thousands Italian workers who moved to Yugoslavia with the aim of creating a socialist society, has recently been translated and published in Asia. He founded and manages Metropoli d'Asia, an Italian publishing house focused on Asian contemporary fiction, translating into Italian works by Zhu Wen, Han Han, Liu Zhenyun and Guo Xiaolu, among others. He writes about Asian cultural issues on different blogs in Italy, and is preparing a book about Asian writers.

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  • Michael Anti (China)

    Michael Anti is a Chinese journalist and political blogger, known for his posts about freedom of the press in China. Anti has broad experience with both American and Chinese journalism.

    Michael Anti is a Chinese journalist and political blogger, known for his posts about freedom of the press in China. Anti has broad experience with both American and Chinese journalism. He has worked as a Researcher at the Beijing Bureau of The New York Times, the Huaxia Times and the Washington Post. He has reported from China, the US, and Iraq, as a a war correspondent in the second Iraq War. Anti is a recipient of a Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge University and the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

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  • Alec Ash (UK)

    Alec Ash is a writer and freelance journalist in Beijing. He has written articles for The Economist, Prospect and Dissent, and was a contributing author to the book of reportage Chinese Characters.

    Alec Ash 2Alec Ash is a writer and freelance journalist in Beijing. He has written articles for The Economist, Prospect and Dissent, and was a contributing author to the book of reportage Chinese Characters. He also runs the group blog the Anthill, a 'writers colony' of narrative non fiction about China (theanthill.org)

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  • Alan Babbington-Smith (UK)

    For 25 years Alan Babbington-Smith worked in finance across the world, including a prolonged stint in China. He holds a Masters Degree from Cambridge University UK in History and Economics.

    For 25 years Alan Babbington-Smith worked in finance across the world, including a prolonged stint in China. He holds a Masters Degree from Cambridge University UK in History and Economics. Babbington-Smith currently holds the position of Vice President of the Royal Asiatic Society, Beijing. He speaks several languages, and has a wide range of interests—intellectual, physical and emotional. He is a committed citizen of the world of ideas.

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  • Timothy Beardson (UK)

    Timothy Beardson is the Chairman of the China-Oxford Scholarship Fund which provides financial support to talented Chinese graduates from disadvantaged families to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University.

    Timothy BeardsonTimothy Beardson is the Chairman of the China-Oxford Scholarship Fund which provides financial support to talented Chinese graduates from disadvantaged families to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. He is an active investor and enjoys coaching young entrepreneurs. He speaks frequently to governments, universities, boards and central banks on economic and strategic issues. His 2013 publication, Stumbling Giant: the Threats to China’s Future, has met with an enthusiastic reception and has become one of a number of key books challenging the 'rise of China' narrative.

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  • Bidisha (UK)

    Born in London, Bidisha is a writer, broadcaster and human activist specialising in gender issues, social justice and international affairs. She is a patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize, the Panda Performing Arts Network, the London Feminist Film Festival and is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

    BidishaBorn in London, Bidisha is a writer, broadcaster and human activist specialising in gender issues, social justice and international affairs. She is a patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize, the Panda Performing Arts Network, the London Feminist Film Festival and is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. At aged 18 her first novel, Seahorses, was published to commercial and critical success. Three years later she published her second novel, the thriller Too Fast to Live. Her most recent publication was the internationally acclaimed and best-selling reportage, Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine (2012). This year will see the release of Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London. Brought to you by the British Council China.

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  • Bill Bikales (US)

    Bill Bikales recently stepped down as Chief of Social Policy and Reform for Children at UNICEF China. His interest in China goes back to his undergraduate major in East Asian Studies at Princeton University. China was also the focus of his graduate studies in Economics.

    Bill BikalesBill Bikales recently stepped down as Chief of Social Policy and Reform for Children at UNICEF China. His interest in China goes back to his undergraduate major in East Asian Studies at Princeton University. China was also the focus of his graduate studies in Economics. As a development economist, his work has covered China, Mongolia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Asian countries. An eight-year residence in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and his current eight-year stint in Beijing count as his longest stays in any overseas postings. His UNICEF work in China focused on issues related to the impact of internal migration on the children of migrants. on developing new UNICEF programs on Integrated Early Childhood Development and on a Conditional Cash Transfer pilot program to encourage greater uptake of maternal and child healthcare services in poor rural areas.  He is currently writing a book about Mongolia's and China's economic transitions.

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  • Jesse Brand (Australia)

    Jesse Brand is the current Australian Slam Poetry Champion. A 23-year-old Newcastle native he has a background in both music and creative writing and has been winning poetry awards from a young age.

    Jesse BrandJesse Brand is the current Australian Slam Poetry Champion. A 23-year-old Newcastle native he has a background in both music and creative writing and has been winning poetry awards from a young age. Highly commended for his short story The Thirteen Second Hallway, he is currently editing his first novel. Brand sees performance poetry as being comprised of three elements: motion, semantics, and phonetics. His pieces often incorporate science, history, astronomy and mythology, in order to communicate a concept or feeling ingrained in a personal narrative.

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  • Tania Branigan (UK)

    Tania Branigan is China correspondent for the Guardian. Since taking over the position in 2008, Branigan has covered stories ranging from the Sichuan earthquake to the opening of the flagship Barbie store.

    Tania BraniganTania Branigan is China correspondent for the Guardian. Since taking over the position in 2008, Branigan has covered stories ranging from the Sichuan earthquake to the opening of the flagship Barbie store.

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  • Jeff J. Brown (US)

    Jeff Brown is the author of 44 Days Backpacking in China: The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013).

    Jeff Brown is the author of 44 Days Backpacking in China: The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013). He writes a popular weekly column on his website, Reflections in Sinoland – Reporting from the Belly of the New Century Beast, and is currently writing his second book, which will be out later in 2014. Brown grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma. He went to Brazil while in graduate school to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for travel. In 1980 he joined the Peace Corps and has since lived in Tunisia, the Middle East, China and Europe. On the way, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin. In 2010 he moved back to China with his wife and child.

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  • Alexandra Büchler (Czech Republic)

    Alexandra Büchler is Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). A translator and editor of numerous publications, she has worked as cultural manager for over twenty-five years, and served on the board of the advocacy network Culture Action Europe and of the UK Translators’ Association.

    Alexandra BüchlerAlexandra Büchler is Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). A translator and editor of numerous publications, she has worked as cultural manager for over twenty-five years, and served on the board of the advocacy network Culture Action Europe and of the UK Translators’ Association. Her interest lies in European cultural cooperation with third countries, the role of civil society in international cultural activities and in cultural policy development. She edits the series of LAF research reports, Making Literature Travel, and is editor of the New Voices from Europe and Beyond series of contemporary poetry anthologies.

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  • Angela Carson

    Angela is a Californian who has resided in Mexico, the US, Spain, and India. Her expertise on promotion for authors and thought leaders comes from 18 years of professional experience in branding, marketing, public relations and communications.

    Angela is a Californian who has resided in Mexico, the US, Spain, and India. Her expertise on promotion for authors and thought leaders comes from 18 years of professional experience in branding, marketing, public relations and communications. In 2012 she worked for legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, responsible for social media and creating original digital content for their India tour. The first day Angela moved to India in 2011, she started a personal blog to chronicle her adventures. Since Feb 2013, AngelasBangalore.com is the Google Ranked #1 'Bangalore Blog' and is Secret #58 on Condé Nast Traveller’s '100 Secrets of India'. Angela now lives in Beijing, heading up communications and social media for luxury travel company WildChina and blogging about marketing and life in China @ www.Angela-Carson.com.

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  • Jenevieve Chang

    Jenevieve Chang is a storyteller, writer, actor and showgirl who has worked in Australia, London and Shanghai.

    Jenevieve ChangJenevieve Chang is a storyteller, writer, actor and showgirl who has worked in Australia, London and Shanghai. In 2008 Chang wrote, directed and toured her one-woman show “On the Face of It” between London, Beijing and Shanghai. While living in Shanghai, Chang also became a starring showgirl at the city’s first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque club, upon which her forthcoming memoir, The Good Girl of Chinatown, is based. Jenevieve recently wrote and performed in “Stories Then and Now”, shown at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Casula Powerhouse and Ozasia Festival 2013. Jenevieve Chang travels to you courtesy of the Australian Embassy Beijing's Australian Writers Week.

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  • Tim Clissold

    After earning a MA in Physics from Cambridge University, Tim Clissold set off on a career in international business that would take him from London to Australia to Hong Kong. Clissold settled in China, where he has lived and worked for the last 20 years.

    After earning a MA in Physics from Cambridge University, Tim Clissold set off on a career in international business that would take him from London to Australia to Hong Kong. Clissold settled in China, where he has lived and worked for the last 20 years. In 2004, Clissold published Mr. China, an account of foreign multinationals and their often comically disastrous attempts to tap into China’s vast potential market. Mr. China won the Economist Book of the Year award and has been translated into 12 languages. Currently, he is the CEO and legal representative of Peony Capitol.

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  • Sigrid Combüchen

    Sigrid Combüchen was born in Germany and moved to Sweden as a child. She studied modern history and political science and now works as a critic and teacher of creative writing at the University of Lund.

    Sigrid CombüchenSigrid Combüchen was born in Germany and moved to Sweden as a child. She studied modern history and political science and now works as a critic and teacher of creative writing at the University of Lund. Combüchen made her publication debut in 1960 at the age of eighteen with the novel A Housebroke Assembly. Since then she has published six novels, including Spill, which was awarded the most influential prize for Swedish literature, the August Prize, and a biography of the Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsen. Brought to you by the Embassy of Sweden.

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  • Cherry Denman

    Cherry Denman is an artist, illustrator and writer, whose wry, satirical commentary on ex-pat living has met to much acclaim, particularly for her 2011 publication Diplomatic Incidents: Memoirs of an (Un)Diplomatic Wife.

    Cherry DenmanCherry Denman is an artist, illustrator and writer, whose wry, satirical commentary on ex-pat living has met to much acclaim, particularly for her 2011 publication Diplomatic Incidents: Memoirs of an (Un)Diplomatic Wife. When not abroad, Cherry lives in London, where she tries to ignore the glazed looks of her loyal friends as she recounts tales of typhoons and tarantulas.

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  • Nick Earls

    Nick Earls is one of Australia's most prolific and popular authors. He writes both children's and adult fiction.

    Nick EarlsNick Earls is one of Australia's most prolific and popular authors. He writes both children's and adult fiction. Earls' humorous, Brisbane-based books have met with success across the Anglophone world. Five of his novels have been adapted for theatre and 48 Shades of Brown, which won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 2000, was adapted into the feature length film 48 Shades. He is co-founder of the interactive workshops project, Word Hunters, which engages children in exploring the origins of words in the English language. Brought to you by the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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  • Alexey Efimov

    Alexey Efimov is currently Head of RIA Novosti Chinese-language Information Group in Beijing, the major Russian newswire in China.

    Alexey Efimov is currently Head of RIA Novosti Chinese-language Information Group in Beijing, the major Russian newswire in China. From 2004 to 2007 he was stationed in Beijing as a chief correspondent for RIA Novosti. Chinese politics is his area of expertise and he has numerous publications on this topic in both Russian and English.

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  • Simon Elegant (UK)

    Simon Elegant was the Beijing bureau chief for TIME magazine from 2006 to 2009. He has worked as a correspondent and editor in Asia throughout the past two decades.

    Simon ElegantSimon Elegant was the Beijing bureau chief for TIME magazine from 2006 to 2009. He has worked as a correspondent and editor in Asia throughout the past two decades. He won the Magazine Prizes of Annual Human Rights Press Awards for China’s Wild West in 2008 and for Out of Order in 2007. Mr. Elegant is the author of two novels, A Chinese Wedding (1995) and A Floating Life (1997). He has studied at the universities of Pennsylvania and Cambridge.

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  • Jonathan Fenby

    Jonathan Fenby is a leading analyst on China, specialising in policy interpretation, politics and the broader political economy. Fenby has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on Chinese political, economic and social affairs.

    Jonathan FenbyJonathan Fenby is a leading analyst on China, specialising in policy interpretation, politics and the broader political economy. Fenby has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on Chinese political, economic and social affairs. He was formerly editor of the South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service as well as a senior correspondent for The Economist. He is the author of seven books on China. His History of Modern China was chosen as one of the books of the year for 2008 by The Economist and Financial Times. This year sees the publication of his seventh China-related title, Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

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  • Bernardo Fernández

    Bernardo Fernández, aka BEF, is a writer, storyteller and graphic novelist from Mexico City. He has published four novels, two short-stories collections, four children's books and three graphic novels.

    Bernardo FernándezBernardo Fernández, aka BEF, is a writer, storyteller and graphic novelist from Mexico City. He has published four novels, two short-stories collections, four children's books and three graphic novels. He is widely recognised as one of the best contemporary Mexican writers, having won the Mexican National Novel Prize, the Silverio Cañada Memorial Prize for best first crime novel and the Ignotus Prize of the Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. His most recent publications are the noir crime novel White Collar, and Uncle Bill, a graphic novel about the life of the controversial literary figure William Burroughs. Brought to you by the Embassy of Mexico and the Cervantes Institute.

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  • Andrew Field

    Dr. Andrew Field holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Puget Sound and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is an accomplished researcher, scholar, and documentarian of China’s modern and contemporary urban culture.

    Andrew FieldDr. Andrew Field holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Puget Sound and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is an accomplished researcher, scholar, and documentarian of China’s modern and contemporary urban culture. His publications include Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics 1919-1954 and Shanghai Nightscapes: Nightlife, Sexuality, and Globalization in the Metropolis, 1912-2012. He is also the director and producer of the independent documentary Down: Indie Rock in the PRC. His latest publication, on the forgotten modernist writer Mu Shiying, came out at the beginning of 2014.  

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  • Jeremy Goldkorn

    Jeremy Goldkorn founded the media and internet trends research firm and website danwei.com in 2003. He moved to China in 1995.

    Jeremy GoldkornJeremy Goldkorn founded the media and internet trends research firm and website danwei.com in 2003. Since moving to Beijing in 1995, he has worked as a magazine publisher and editor, and written for a variety of publications on the Chinese media and internet landscapes, media regulation, and the habits of Chinese Internet users. He has also lived in a workers dormitory and ridden a bicycle from Islamabad to Kathmandu via Urumqi and Lhasa.

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  • Leanne Hall

    Leanne Hall was born in Melbourne. She began her writing career with short stories, some of which have been published in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories.

    Leanne HallLeanne Hall was born in Melbourne. She began her writing career with short stories, some of which have been published in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories. Throughout her life, she has resolutely resisted a sensible career trajectory. She currently works part-time as a children’s specialist in an independent book store, a job that fuels her passion for books and allows her time to write. She won The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2009 with her novel This Is Shyness. Leanne Hall travels to China courtesy of the Australian Embassy Beijing's Australian Writers Week, with funding support from Australia Council for the Arts.

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  • Paul Ham

    Paul Ham is a former Sunday Times correspondent and Walkley Award shortlisted author of history books.

    Paul HamPaul Ham is a former Sunday Times correspondent and Walkley Award shortlisted author of history books. Vietnam: The Australian War (2007) won the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. Kokoda (2004), about the little known Papua New Guinea front in WWII, was shortlisted for the Walkley Award and made into a ABC documentary series. Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this year will see the release of his much anticipated work on WWI, 1914: The Year the World Ended. Brought to you by the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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  • Steve Hansen

    Steve Hansen has had a keen interest in Chinese language varieties since 2007, when he started a blog on the nuances of the Beijing dialect.

    Steve Hansen has had a keen interest in Chinese language varieties since 2007, when he started a blog on the nuances of the Beijing dialect. He is a co-founder of the Chinese linguistics blog, Sinoglot, and of the Phonemica project, which seeks to record China's tens of thousands of regional dialects before they are forgotten. He lives in Beijing, where he runs a small consulting business and teaches in Peking University's Guanghua MBA programme.

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  • Anjum Hasan

    The Indian poet and writer Anjum Hasan was born in Shillong, north-eastern India. Her move to Bangalore at the age of 26 marked a big change from life in a small Indian town to a big city, and proved to have a great influence on her work.

    Anjum HasanThe Indian poet and writer Anjum Hasan was born in Shillong, north-eastern India. Her move to Bangalore at the age of 26 marked a big change from life in a small Indian town to a big city, and proved to have a great influence on her work. In 2006 Hasan published her first collection of poems, Street on the Hill. Her first novel, Lunatic in my Head (2007), made it onto the shortlist of  the Crossword Award. Her second novel, Neti, Neti (2009) was listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Hindu Fiction Prize. Hasan has also published short prose texts, travel writing and literary essays in Indian and international periodicals and anthologies. She works as an editor for the literary journal, The Caravan.

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  • Leta Hong Fincher

    Leta Hong Fincher is a former journalist and doctoral candidate in Sociology at Tsinghua University. She has a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.

    Leta Hong FincherLeta Hong Fincher is a former journalist and doctoral candidate in Sociology at Tsinghua University. She has a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Her research on 'leftover' women and the urban property market in China has been cited by many news organizations, including The EconomistThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. Her much anticipated book Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China will come out in May 2014 with Zed Books.

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  • Hong Ying 虹影 (China)

    Fiction writer and poet Hong Ying was born in Chongqing in 1962 and started writing in the early 1980s. In 1991 she settled in England but returned to China in 2004.

    Hong YingFiction writer and poet Hong Ying was born in Chongqing in 1962 and started writing in the early 1980s. In 1991 she settled in England but returned to China in 2004. Her autobiography, Daughter of the River, as well as her novels, Summer of Betrayal, The Art of Love, Peacock Cries and Concubine of Shanghai, have all been translated into English. Her responsibility as a writer, she believes, is to compassionately explore the lives of marginalised groups struggling for visibility in contemporary China.

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  • Huang Yingying (China)

    Dr Huang is the author of the book Body, Sexuality and Xinggan (sexiness): Study on Chinese Women’s Daily Lives, as well as several publications on female sex workers and male clients in China.

    Huang YingyingDr Huang is the author of the book Body, Sexuality and Xinggan (sexiness): Study on Chinese Women’s Daily Lives, as well as several publications on female sex workers and male clients in China. Most recently, Dr Huang has led research projects on the emergence of grass-roots groups amongst female sex workers and on the rise of sex and sexuality studies in China since the 1980s. She has also worked as gender consultant for several international HIV/AIDS Projects in China since 2003, and has helped organise a number of international conference on sexualities in China.

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  • Petra Hůlová

    After graduating in Culturology and Mongolian language studies at Prague's Charles University, Petra Hůlová spent a year in Mongolia – an experience that provided the setting for her first book, In Memory of My Grandmother (2002), which became a Czech bestseller and garnered a number of literary awards.

    Petra HulováAfter graduating in Culturology and Mongolian language studies at Prague's Charles University, Petra Hůlová spent a year in Mongolia – an experience that provided the setting for her first book, In Memory of My Grandmother (2002), which became a Czech bestseller and garnered a number of literary awards. Since then she has published several other novels, including Through Frosted Glass (2004), Plastic Three-bedroom Apartment (2006) and The Guardian of Civic Virtue (2010), and has established herself as a respected social and political commentator. Brought to you by the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

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  • Janette Jenkins

    Born in Bolton in 1965, Janette Jenkins has studied acting, literature and creative writing.

    Janette JenkinsBorn in Bolton in 1965, Janette Jenkins has studied acting, literature and creative writing. She is the author of the novels, Columbus DayAnother Elvis Love Child, Angel of Brooklyn, Little Bones and Firefly. Her short stories have appeared in newspapers and anthologies, including Stand Magazine, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2003 she was awarded an Alumni Fellowship by the University of Bolton. Brought to you by the British Council China.

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  • Jiang Yitan 将一谈 (China)

    Jiang Yitan was born in 1969 and is a novelist, poet and publisher. He graduated from Beijing Normal University’s School of Chinese Language and Literature in 1991, and has concentrated on the writing of short stories.

    Jiang YitangJiang Yitan was born in 1969 and is a novelist, poet and publisher. He graduated from Beijing Normal University’s School of Chinese Language and Literature in 1991, and has concentrated on the writing of short stories. His main works include the collections The Statue of Clint Eastwood, Lu Xun’s Mustache and Hepburn, Oh Hepburn, and the novel Peking Lover.

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  • Ian Johnson

    Ian Johnson is a Beijing-based Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who specializes in civil society, culture and religion. For 13 years, Johnson worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a page-one feature writer and bureau chief.

    Ian JohnsonIan Johnson is a Beijing-based Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who specializes in civil society, culture and religion. For 13 years, Johnson worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a page-one feature writer and bureau chief. He now writes for the New York Times. Johnson is the author of two books, A Mosque in Munich and Wild Grass.  

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  • Mehmet Kalpaklı

    Mehmet Kalpaklı specializes in Ottoman and modern Turkish literature and culture. He is also a co-founder and active participant in the Ottoman Text Editing Project at the Middle East Center of the University of Washington.

    Mehmet KalpakliMehmet Kalpaklı specializes in Ottoman and modern Turkish literature and culture. He is also a co-founder and active participant in the Ottoman Text Editing Project at the Middle East Center of the University of Washington. Mehmet Kalpaklı is currently a professor at Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2005 his landmark study, The Age of Beloveds: Love and The Beloved in Early Modern Ottoman Turkish and European Literature, Culture, and Society (co-authored with Walter G. Andrews), was published. Brought to you by the Embassy of Turkey.

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  • Joan Kaufman

    Joan Kaufman is the Director of the Columbia Global Centers, East Asia and and has worked in the field of reproductive and sexual health in China for over two decades.

    Joan KaufmanJoan Kaufman is the Director of the Columbia Global Centers, East Asia and and has worked in the field of reproductive and sexual health in China for over two decades. From 1996-2001 Dr. Kaufman was the Ford Foundation's Reproductive Health Program Officer in China, and from 2002 to 2012 she worked as the China Team Leader for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

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  • William Kazer

    William Kazer is currently a Beijing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He worked for Reuters for over two decades as an editor and correspondent covering politics and economics.

    Bill KazerWilliam Kazer is currently a Beijing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He worked for Reuters for over two decades as an editor and correspondent covering politics and economics. Much of his career was spent in a number of posts in Asia including Beijng, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok, as well as on exotic Wall Street. He helped Reuters set up its first Chinese language news wire and has also worked as a media consultant and speech writer.

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  • Ananth Krishnan

    Ananth Krishnan is the China correspondent of The Hindu, India's second largest English daily. He has reported from Beijing for the newspaper since June 2009, covering a range of issues from politics and the economy to religion in China.

    Ananth Krishnan is the China correspondent of The Hindu, India's second largest English daily. He has reported from Beijing for the newspaper since June 2009, covering a range of issues from politics and the economy to religion in China. His reporting has focused in particular on Sino-Indian relations, Tibet and Xinjiang. Ananth previously worked for The Hindu in Chennai and Mumbai, and holds a Master's degree, focusing on the politics of Tamil Nadu, from the University of Chicago. 

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  • Peter Krištúfek

    Peter Krištúfek is a prose writer, poet, scriptwriter and filmmaker. He is an author of three collections of short stories and three novels.

    Peter KristufekPeter Krištúfek is a prose writer, poet, scriptwriter and filmmaker. He is an author of three collections of short stories and three novels. His novel Šepkár (The Prompter, 2008), an absurdist parody of social mores, was nominated for the EU Prize for Literature. His second novel, Blíženci a protinožci (Gemini and Antipodeans, 2010) has been praised for its poetic vision. His latest novel, Dom hluchého (House of the Deaf Man, 2012), whose English translation comes out June 2014, brings the turbulent history of 20th century Slovakia through the narration of a father and son. All three of his novels have been nominated for Slovakia's most prestigious literature prize, the Anasoft Litera Prize. Brought to you by the Centre of Slovak Literature.

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  • Arthur Kroeber

    Arthur Kroeber is managing director of GaveKal Research, an independent global economic research firm, and chairman of its subsidiary GK Dragonomics. Kroeber is also editor of the China Economic Quarterly.

    arthur kroeberArthur Kroeber is managing director of GaveKal Research, an independent global economic research firm, and chairman of its subsidiary GK Dragonomics. Kroeber is also editor of the China Economic Quarterly. Kroeber has worked as a financial journalist and analyst in China, Taiwan and India and has written for The Economist, Far Eastern Economic Review, Fortune and many other publications. He is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a board member of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business.

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  • Kaiser Kuo 郭怡广 (US)

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  • Ren Xiaowen 任晓雯 (China)

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  • Steven Schwankert (US)

    Steven Schwankert is an award-winning writer and editor with 17 years of experience in Greater China, focusing on exploration, technology, media and culture.

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  • Sheng Keyi 盛可以 (China)

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  • Shi Ye (China)

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  • Shawn Shieh (US)

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  • Marie-Anne Souloumiac (Netherlands)

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  • Chun Sue

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  • David Sullivan

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  • Radium Tam (Hong Kong)

    Originally from Hong Kong, Radium Tam is currently working as a conservation planner at Tsinghua Cultural Heritage Conservation Center, Beijing.

    Radium TanOriginally from Hong Kong, Radium Tam is currently working as a conservation planner at Tsinghua Cultural Heritage Conservation Center, Beijing. She previously spent five years studying Chinese traditional architecture in the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University. Researching, documenting and conserving cultural heritage is both her ongoing passion and a life-time task for her. Her current focus is on public involvement in conservation and public education for heritage sites.

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  • Anthony Tao

    Anthony Tao is a writer of miscellany, co-founder of the blog Beijing Cream, ultimate frisbee player, editor for hire, and regular convalescent.

    Anthony TaoAnthony Tao is a writer of miscellany, co-founder of the blog Beijing Cream, ultimate frisbee player, editor for hire, and regular convalescent. He was born in Beijing but grew up in Kansas, with sojourns in Chicago (Medill '06) and New York. He is excited and honoured to be the host/moderator for two events at this year's literary festival: Poetry Night in Beijing on March 16, and Blogging China on March 18. Follow his tweets about sports, poetry, and China at @anthonytao.

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  • Cristovão Tezza

    Cristovão Tezza was born and raised in southern Brazil. He went to Portugal to study literature but was cast adrift, wandering through and working illegally in divided Europe, when revolution forced the closure of his university.

    Cristovao TezzaCristovão Tezza was born and raised in southern Brazil. He went to Portugal to study literature but was cast adrift, wandering through and working illegally in divided Europe, when revolution forced the closure of his university. In 1988 he published his first novel, Ragamuffin. The Photographer, published in 2004, won the Brazilian Academy of Letters and Bravo! awards for novel of the year. In 2012 his novel The Eternal Son was shortlisted for the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Brought to you by the Embassy of Brazil.

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  • Philip Tinari (US)

    Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. There he oversees an exhibition programme devoted to established figures and rising talents both Chinese and international, aimed at an annual public of more than half a million visitors.

    TinariPhilip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. There he oversees an exhibition programme devoted to established figures and rising talents both Chinese and international, aimed at an annual public of more than half a million visitors. Prior to joining UCCA he was founding editor-in-chief of the bilingual, international art magazine LEAP. He previously worked as China advisor to Art Basel, founding editor of Artforum’s Chinese-language website, and lecturer in art criticism at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He serves on advisory boards to institutions including the Guggenheim and Asia Society. In March 2014 he will curate the Focus: China section of The Armory Show in New York.

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  • Szczepan Twardoch

    Born in Zernica, south eastern Poland, Szczepan Twardoch is one of the most exciting young writers in contemporary Europe.

    Szczepan TwardochBorn in Zernica, south eastern Poland, Szczepan Twardoch is one of the most exciting young writers in contemporary Europe. His numerous short stories have been translated in French and German and his novel Morfina won the prestigious Passzport Polityki prize in Poland. Twardoch also works as a journalist and commentator for numerous Polish newspapers and periodicals. Brought to you by the Embassy of Poland

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  • David Vann (US)

    Born in Alaska and now resident in New Zealand, David Vann is the author of six internationally best-selling novels and a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick.

    David VannBorn in Alaska and now resident in New Zealand, David Vann is the author of six internationally best-selling novels and a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick. His debut novel, Legend of a Suicide has received a total of 10 awards, including the Prix Medicis Etranger 2010 in France. His most recent novel, Goat Mountain, was published in 2013 and met with unanimous critical acclaim. Vann's works have been translated into 20 languages. While his novels tackle heavy topics, they have been noted for their taut, poetic and enlivening use of language and imagery.

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  • Gabrielle Wang

    Gabrielle Wang is a Melbourne-born author and illustrator of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great grandfather emigrated to Australia during the mid-19th century Gold Rush.

    Gabrielle WangGabrielle Wang is a Melbourne-born author and illustrator of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great grandfather emigrated to Australia during the mid-19th century Gold Rush. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture, with a touch of fantasy. Wang's first children's novel, The Garden of Empress Cassia, won the 2002 Aurealis Award and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. A Ghost in My Suitcase won the 2009 Aurealis Award and received, along with her first young adult novel, Little Paradise, a Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Her latest books are part of the highly successful Our Australian Girl series published by Penguin. Gabrielle is a Victoria Premier's Reading Challenge ambassador. Gabrielle Wang travels to China courtesy of the Australian Embassy Beijing's Australian Writers Week.

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  • Pamela Williams

    As an investigative reporter at The Australian Financial Review, covering politics and the business world, Pamela Williams has won five Walkley Awards since 1994, including the Gold Walkley in 1998 for her coverage of the Australian dock strikes.

    Pamela WilliamsAs an investigative reporter at The Australian Financial Review, covering politics and the business world, Pamela Williams has won five Walkley Awards since 1994, including the Gold Walkley in 1998 for her coverage of the Australian dock strikes. She has also won the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award. She is the author of two best-selling books, the political campaign book, The Victory, on the rise of the Howard government, and Killing Fairfax, which details the collapse of the advertising model which had been the financial backbone of the Fairfax Media empire. Killing Fairfax was the winner of the  Walkley Award 2013. Brought to you by the Walkley Foundation.

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  • Adam Williams (UK)

    Adam Williams was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Greater China and Japan. He speaks fluent Mandarin and is the fourth generation of his family to work in China. A former journalist, he has lived and worked in Mainland China since 1985.

    Adam WilliamsAdam Williams was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Greater China and Japan. He speaks fluent Mandarin and is the fourth generation of his family to work in China. A former journalist, he has lived and worked in Mainland China since 1985. He is currently the China Group Chief Representative of the 180-year-old trading house, Jardine Matheson. He combines business with novel writing and since 2003 has published four historical novels, including a China trilogy: The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, The Emperor’s Bones and The Dragon’s Tail. His latest publication, for which he is currently writing a sequel, is The Book of the Alchemist, a historical novel set in the Spanish Civil War and 11th century Andalusia. He is married to the Chinese novelist, Hong Ying.

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  • Ed Wong (US)

    Ed Wong is a China correspondent for The New York Times. Before moving to China, Wong was the NYT’s Iraq correspondent.

    Edward WongEd Wong is a China correspondent for The New York Times. Before moving to China, Wong was the NYT’s Iraq correspondent. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism, he has reported from, among other places, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, North Korea, Myanmar, Mongolia, India and Vietnam. Wong received the 2005 Livingston Award for International Reporting for his Iraq coverage and shared a 2010 Feature Writing prize from the Society of Publishers in Asia for a series about China's growing influence in the world.

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  • Xi Chuan 西川 (China)

    One of contemporary China’s most celebrated poets, Xi Chuan has won the Lu Xun Prize for Literature (2001) and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize (2003).

    One of contemporary China’s most celebrated poets, Xi Chuan has won the Lu Xun Prize for Literature (2001) and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize (2003). Xi Chuan was born in Jiangsu in 1963 but grew up in Beijing. A graduate of the English department of Peking University, where he wrote a thesis on Ezra Pound’s Chinese translations, he is currently employed at the Central Academy for Fine Arts in Beijing, where he was hired as an English instructor, then taught Western literature in Chinese translation, and now teaches pre-modern Chinese literature. He is widely recognised as one of the most important and most influential of modern Chinese poets.

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  • Alice Xin Liu

    Born in Beijing, but resident in London from 7 through to adulthood, Alice Xin Liu is a managing editor of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing.

    Alice Liu XinBorn in Beijing, but resident in London from 7 through to adulthood, Alice Xin Liu is a managing editor of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing. She has translated numerous Chinese authors, from poets to novelists to letter writers, and her translations have appeared in the likes of Granta, Chutzpah! and Asymptote.

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  • Xu Xiaobin 徐小斌 (China)

    Xu Xiaobin spent nine years in the countryside and at a factory during the Cultural Revolution until 1978 when she entered the Chinese University of Central Finance just after universities had reopened and entrance examinations were held nation wide.

    Xu XiaobinXu Xiaobin, born in 1953 into an intellectual family in Beijing, is a member of the China’s Writers Association. She spent nine years in the countryside and at a factory during the Cultural Revolution until 1978 when she entered the Chinese University of Central Finance just after universities had reopened and entrance examinations were held nation wide. She began publishing her writings in 1981. Currently she works as a staff screenplay writer at China’s Television Production Center. She has published numerous fictions, novellas and collections of prose.

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  • Yan Ge 颜歌 (China)

    Yan Ge was born in 1984 in Sichuan province. She recently completed a PhD in comparative literature at Sichuan University and is the chairperson of the China Young Writer Association.

    Multi award-winng writer Yan Ge was born in Sichuan Province in 1984. She is a writer and Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature. She has been publishing since 1994 and has published 10 books so far, including her latest title The Family of Joy. She was a visiting scholar at Duke University from 2011 to 2012 and a residency writer of Cross Border Festival in Netherlands in November 2012. Named by people’s literature magazine as one of 20 future literature masters in China, she is now the chairperson of China Young Writer Association and a contract writer for Sichuan Writers Association.

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  • Yan Lianke 阎连科 (China)

    Renowned Chinese novelist Yan Lianke was born in an impoverished region of Henan Province in 1958. His parents, illiterate farmers who lacked the means to send him to university, encouraged him to enlist in the army, where he rose in the ranks to become a propaganda writer.

    Yan Lianke 2Renowned Chinese novelist Yan Lianke was born in an impoverished region of Henan Province in 1958. His parents, illiterate farmers who lacked the means to send him to university, encouraged him to enlist in the army, where he rose in the ranks to become a propaganda writer. Upon returning to civilian life, Yan embarked on a career as a novelist. Over the last 30 years, he has produced an extensive body of work that ranges from novels, novellas and short fiction to essays and criticism. Although he has had two of his novels banned in China and was, for a period of three years, prohibited from obtaining a passport or travelling abroad, Yan continues to speak honestly about the impact that government censorship—and self-censorship—have had on contemporary Chinese writers.

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  • Yang Hongying 杨红樱 (China)

    One of China's best-selling children's authors, Yang Hongying is the creator of a mischievous little boy named Mo Xiaotao. Hailed as China's J.K. Rowling, Yang has single handedly invigorated the children's book genre in China.

    Yang HongyingOne of China's best-selling children's authors, Yang Hongying is the creator of a mischievous little boy named Mo Xiaotao. Hailed as China's J.K. Rowling, Yang has single handedly invigorated the children's book genre in China. Xinhua has described her as “the empress of Chinese children's books”. A number of her books are set for translation into English and other languages. Brought to you with the assistance of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators

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  • Diana Yeh

    Diana Yeh's research lies in the interdisciplinary fields of art and migration. Her work explores the translocal lives and works of artists of Chinese descent in order to interrogate 'racial' and national paradigms of identity and belonging.

    Diana Yeh's research lies in the interdisciplinary fields of art and migration. Her work explores the translocal lives and works of artists of Chinese descent in order to interrogate 'racial' and national paradigms of identity and belonging. Her recent publication, The Happy Hsiungs, deals with these issues in relation to a Chinese family living in 1930s Britain. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of East London and is affiliated to its newly launched Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging. Brought to you by the British Inter-University China Centre

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  • Yosuke Watanabe (Japan)

    Born in Kashiwazkaki City, Yosuke Watanabe graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo in 1983. He went on to study at Holy Cross College, Massachusetts.

    Born in Kashiwazkaki City, Yosuke Watanabe graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo in 1983. He went on to study at Holy Cross College, Massachusetts. Yosuke joined Kyodo News in 1983, and has since reported from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Washington and Beijing. In 2004 he became Kyodo News Beijing Bureau Chief. Yosuke is also a board member of the Beijing Foreign Correspondents Club.

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  • Zhang Lijia 张丽佳 (China)

    Zhang Lijia is a factory worker turned writer and journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and The New York Times, amongst many others.

    lijia zhangZhang Lijia is a factory worker turned writer and journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and The New York Times, amongst many others. She is the author of Socialism is Great!, a memoir of her decade working in a rocket factory in Nanjing. First published in the US in 2008, it has since been translated into numerous languages.

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