Since moving to China after graduating from college, Eli Bildner has lived in Yunnan, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. You can read more of his essays and poetry at www.elibildner.com.
Liz Carter is a DC-based China-watcher and the author and translator of a number of Chinese-English textbooks available on amazon.cn. She and her cat Desmond relocated to DC from Beijing, where she studied contemporary Chinese literature at Peking University, after learning that HBO was planning to adapt Game of Thrones for television. She writes at abigenoughforest.com and tweets from @withoutdoing.
After spending her childhood in India, Malaysia, and Japan, Minami moved to the U.S. to attend Yale University. Currently, she is studying abroad in Beijing and Taipei to improve her Chinese. She will work as an editorial intern at the Wall Street Journal Hong Kong Office through the Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program.
Yueran Zhang is a student at Duke University, class of 2015, currently majoring in sociology and math. He spent all of his life before college in Beijing.
Amanda is currently studying Mandarin at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Before Taipei, she spent four years living in Washington DC, getting a degree in International Affairs and occasionally sneaking off on backpacking trips or study abroad programs in various Asian countries. She likes writing, yoga, sipping tea, and exploring the great outdoors.
A Cappella was born in China, but she spent her formative years between China, Canada, and the U.S. As a recent graduate of Yale, A Cappella is excited to return to China to work upon graduation, and she looks forward to exploring the changing landscape of China’s society and economy.
Anzia teaches Mandarin at the Millbrook School. She majored in Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. She has studied abroad in Beijing and Kyoto. Her interests include practicing Chinese calligraphy, sailing, and writing poems.
An Xiao Mina is an American designer, researcher and artist. She focuses on the role of technology in building communities and empowering individuals. Her work has been featured in diverse venues like the Brooklyn Museum and Shanghai's Xindanwei, and she has contributed writing to publications such as The Atlantic, Wired and Design Observer.
Alexander Nasr studies International Relations with a focus on China. His interests include China-Central Asia relations, Chinese political discourse, and the effect that new media has on policy.
Angus reads Chinese and Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is writing a dissertation entitled 'The Chongqing Model: Lies, Debt, Graft and a False Start to a New Left Utopia.' He is a fan of baijiu cocktails, and managed to read quite a lot of Hao Ran's "The Golden Road" before losing his mind. You can follow him on twitter at @freescania.
Ashley's life up to now has been divided between Beijing and Hong Kong. She is an occasionally vocal observer of China. Two years ago, she published a collection of essays in Chinese on the life, politics and society of Hong Kong with Joint Publishing.
Alex is a soon-to-be-graduate in International Relations from American University. He has also studied and worked on issues of urban sustainability at the London School of Economics. Alex is currently studying Mandarin in China.
Ben Sangree leads marketing efforts for Fluentflix. FluentFlix is a new way to learn Chinese through authentic video content like music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. With engaging and immersive content, it empowers users to learn with fun videos exhibiting the diversity and vibrancy of modern Chinese culture.
Serving as a regional manager with a Chinese company, Brett takes charge of business exploration in the Middle East and East Europe. He can be reached through LinkedIn
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Liz Carter is the Managing Editor of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel Lu is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation.
Christopher Magoon moved to Yunnan in 2011 as a Luce Scholar working with Teach For China after graduating from Yale University. After his Luce year, he completed an oral history project in Lincang, Yunnan before returning to the United States. You can follow him at @cpdmagoon or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Rubinstein recently earned an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. He studies and writes about Chinese politics, law, and cyber policy. Currently, Carl serves as an associate editor at Good Governance International.
Chieh-Ting Yeh was born in Taiwan but grew up in New York and Boston. He was active in Taiwanese American student circles and was part of the Harvard Asia Law Society. When he is not thinking about the relationship between Taiwan and China, he cooks and watches epic Japanese dramas. He is currently based in Silicon Valley.
Claire Zhang is a Chinese-American English major at Yale University, where she writes for a number of publications.
Chris remembers vividly the overnight train rides of his childhood that took him across China. He lived in New Haven briefly as a kid, where he went Easter egg hunting on the Green. After graduating from high school in Shanghai, he returned to New Haven for college. He is currently a Yale junior.
Charles works at an energy and climate change think tank in Washington, D.C, and is a recent graduate of Yale University.
David Caragliano is a program manager for Asia at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Deanna was born in Dalian, China, grew up in Florida, and studied Economics at Harvard University. She enjoys yoga and is an unapologetic fan of "Who Can Pick One from A Hundred."
Jiabao Du is a junior majoring in journalism at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou City, China. She is interning at a magazine called the Southern People Weekly at present.
Danli Liu is a student at Duke University, class of 2015, currently majoring in Economics and Philosophy. She spent all of her life before college in Nanjing. She is interning at an environmental non-profit organization called Population Connection in Washington DC at present.
Daniele is an Italian alum of the University of Toronto who majored in East Asian Studies. After furthering his Japanese language studies at Keio University and Korean at Seoul National University, he won several awards at The Korea Times and decided to dedicate himself more seriously to journalism. He is currently editor-in-chief of The East Asia Gazette.
Efen is a communications coach with extensive experience in healthcare PR in China.
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En Liang Khong is currently pursuing an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. He holds a BA in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford. He has written for the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman.
Ehr Kwong (pen name) is a career U.S. military officer.
Born in Jinan, China, Ellen is now studying Economics and Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. She has a strong interest in journalism and law, and recently became passionate about microfinance and socio-economic development in developing countries. She also enjoys morning running, Chinese calligraphy, and traveling.
After living in Shanghai for more than two decades, Eddie left his hometown for City University of Hong Kong to pursue a master's degree in translation. Recently he started out as a news translator, realizing his wish of making a living by doing what he loves. Now he hopes to play the drums well enough to join a band at a jazz club by his thirties.
Ethan Wilkes is the Director of Communications at Reboot, a social enterprise that works on issues of governance and international development.
Xiaoying Zhou is a student at Yale University.
Fei Wang is an energy and environment professional based in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Wuhan, China, she received her undergraduate and graduate education in the States.
Gloria Wang is a masters' graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. Having travelled around half of China in the past 20 years, she is enjoying her peace of mind in New York City. She is a web editor in daytime and a freelance writer at night, but sometimes she confuses them for one another. She is a digital media gal, enthusiastic about civic media and civil society.
Helen hails from Beijing, where she spent the first 17 years of her life before heading to the US for high school and college. After a one-year stint at The Atlantic magazine, she is currently back to her home city and working as a freelancer. She constantly craves for hot pot while in the US, and for New Haven pizza while in China.
Hongxiang Huang, an MPA-Development-Practice student at Columbia University, is a freelance journalist focusing on development issues and China-related topics in South America and Africa. Mainly writing for Chinese media like Southern Weekly, he also wishes to enhance Western understanding about China.
After obtaining a masters degree in philosophy from Peking University, Jianyu Hou went to the University of Pittsburgh while interning at the Thomas Merton Center and writing for its publication, New People, on human rights in China. Now living in China, she works as a religious affairs analyst for the municipal administration for religious affairs in Dandong and is also a freelance writer. Her articles have been published in the Financial Times, Southern Metropolis Daily, and other publications. She also maintains a blog.
Isabel is a China-based journalist and vocal observer. She has a persistent enthusiasm for writing and film-making, and is very interested in sociology, philosophy and psychology.
Joel Ayau is a pianist, author, vocal coach, professor, translator, and Sunday school teacher. He lives in Arlington, VA.
Jing Gao is a keen observer of Chinese affairs and Internet discussions. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ministry of Tofu, an independent China news blog.
Julian B. Gewirtz is a Rhodes scholar studying modern China at Oxford University.
Jill studied Chinese and Asian Studies at Vassar College and has lived in Beijing and Qingdao. She previously worked for the Beijing-based website eChinacities and hopes to continue China-related journalistic pursuits. She is currently translating, writing and preparing for graduate school.
Jan Cao is a senior and a comparative literature concentrator at Brown. She loves watching Japanese TV dramas and cooking.
Jessica Levine is a Johns Hopkins University graduate student with an emphasis in digital communication. Based in Michigan, her research focuses on the social and political implications of China’s Internet.
Jason Q. Ng is a Google Policy Fellow at the University of Toronto’s The Citizen Lab and author of the forthcoming Blocked on Weibo. You can read more about him at his blog at http://blockedonweibo.tumblr.com or follow him on Twitter @jasonqng.
After graduating from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a certificate in Asian Studies in 2011, Katie moved to a village in Yunnan as an elementary school English and Art teacher. After nearly two years of living in China, she still calls Yunnan home and mixian (米线) the best thing she’s ever tasted.
Kim Wall is a New York-based reporter and photographer with a long-standing fascination with Chinese politics and society. Before moving to the United States, Kim worked as a political reporter in India and Australia, as well as a freelancer in Beijing. Originally from Sweden, she graduated from London School of Economics in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and is currently pursuing a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School.
Lori is a graduate of Harvard University (AB ’07) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA ’12). She has lived in Shanghai, and recently returned from Beijing where she was studying on a Critical Language Scholarship.
Liang Pan is studying political communication at New York University. He is an Asia Foundation young diplomat fellow and a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with a major in international relations. He worked extensively in the field of international politics and has lived in China, the Middle East and the U.S.
Laura Speyer just completed her third year at Yale University. She studied abroad at Peking University last spring, and took language classes at Harbin Institute of Technology during the summer of 2011.
Lua Wilkinson is a PhD student in Nutrition at Cornell University, where she studies digital social networks to promote maternal and child health globally. As a nutritionist and ethnographer, she researches migration, food systems, economics, technology and anything else that bridges the gap between nutrition and society. She tweets from @LuaWilkinson and maintains a website, www.luawilkinson.com.
Lotus Yuen is a graduating student at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and was born and raised in Guangzhou. Currently, she is an editorial intern at Ifeng.com and has published several news articles in the Southern Metropolis Daily, New Business Magazine, and Hong Kong Independent Media. She is particularly interested in sociology and world politics.
Manqing is a senior at Smith College studying Philosophy.
Mollie Dollinger received her B.A. from the University of Arizona in Chinese Studies and her M.S. from Indiana University in Education Psychology. She currently runs her own education consulting company in Chongqing, China.
Max Peskin is from Brookline, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Boston University with a concentration in international management. He has also studied in Fudan University. Passionate about China's relationship with Hollywood, he moved to Beijing and is currently working in China's film/animation industry for Vassoon Animation.
Marketus is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History with an emphasis on both the Republican Era (1912-1949) and the post-1949 era. He previously lived in Beijing for more than eight years where he worked in international education.
Matt is a journalist and translator living in Beijing. He's spent over two years in China learning to speak the language and love the people. You can check out his writing at www.optimistschina.com or follow him on twitter at @mattsheehan88.
Monica Tan is a Beijing-based writer. She has been published in The Atlantic, the Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post, The Diplomat, Shanghaiist and Daily Life. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Financial Times, Jezebel, and Gawker. She tweets from m_onicatan.
Nan Chen is an attorney and activist interested in issues of international development, rule of law and China. He is the co-chair of the International Development Exchange's Young Professionals Group and provides pro bono services to the Accountability Counsel. He previously clerked for the Center on Wrongful Convictions during law school and worked with NGOs focused on building civil society and rule of law in China.
Ning Hui, or Lulu, is a media enthusiast who has worked in development and currently enjoys exploring China's emerging civil society. She is close to Beijing's contemporary art scene. She holds a BA in politics from Dalian Maritime University and a MA in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is based in Beijing.
Nana grew up in Mali and moved to the United States in order to pursue her studies. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in business journalism. She is fluent in English, French, and Bambara; learning Korean and thinking about learning Chinese.
Natalie Thomas is a Chinese studies graduate from the UK currently working as a multimedia producer in Beijing. When not out in the field filming, she is on weibo watching events unfold in China's online sphere.
Patrick Fang is currently working in finance in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Science in Finance degree. Before that, he lived in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China. He enjoys reading and thinking about business, technology and history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rebecca Chao is a freelance writer. She has written for The Atlantic, the Guardian, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Ray Kwong is senior advisor to the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California, a charter member of the Asian International Business Advisory Group and a cross-border business strategist. He is currently facilitating talks between China and U.S. interests on such matters as clean energy economics, commercial aerospace and business aviation. He is also a Forbes contributing writer on China, a weekly columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and a contributor to Asia Security Watch. Previously, Kwong was a strategic planning and marketing advisor to a number of Fortune 200 companies, including Bank of America, Disney, Edison, McKesson, Sun Microsystems and Time Warner.
Rebecca is a China-watcher and attorney based in the Silicon Valley. In addition to China, she writes about the arts, politics and culture (and occasionally law!). An archive of her work can be found at The Aleph Mag. A graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Economics, and Harvard Law School, she loves watching friends make music and will often join in after a sufficient amount of…food. She tweets at @beccaliao.
Rachel Wang is currently based in Beijing working in media. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics, and enjoys reading analyses regarding international affairs, Tim Harford and books about china (that's with a lower-case "c").
Sandra finished her bachelor's degree in Journalism in Guangzhou, China. She worked as an intern journalist at Nanfang Daily Group in her senior year.
Sascha is a Chengdu-based writer and journalist. He edits chengduliving.com and you can see more of his work on his personal blog, saschamatuszak.com.
Beijing-born Shelley Jiang spent five years in China writing, traveling, working for an environmental organization, and eating delicious things. She was only lured back to the U.S. by UC Berkeley’s masters of public policy program, where she studies climate change, energy, and environmental issues.
Shawn Lei spent two years as a fixer for Dan Washburn, managing editor of Asia Society Online, and has interned for the New York Times Shanghai office. He is now a reporter for a broadcasting company.
Sue-Lin Wong is a former intern at the New York Times Beijing bureau currently living in China.
Steven Zhang is a ’12-‘13 Fulbright fellow based in Hangzhou. He recently graduated from the 7th class ever of Olin College of Engineering. You can read more factory stories on his research site, Made in China: stories from Chinese factories.
Since receiving his MSc from Oxford in 2011, Thomas Stevenson has been published in number of anthologies and literary magazines. After a year in China with a British NGO, he was awarded the Shambala Foundation's inaugural fellowship. You can read his work at http://veryunsuspicious.wordpress.com.
Trefor Moss is a Hong Kong-based journalist who covers politics, defence and security in the East Asian region. He was formerly Asia-Pacific Editor at Jane’s Defence Weekly. He tweets at @Trefor1.
Tom Snyder lived in northeast China for two years researching economic revitalization programs and teaching. He currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan.
Tabitha is a graduate student in Chinese Studies at Leiden University.
Tiffany Wang is a freelance writer and blogger based in Beijing. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Smith College and previously served as the style editor of the Beijinger. She continues to track the progress of China's nascent fashion industry at tiffanywang.net.
Taylor Washburn is a lawyer studying the international relations of East Asia at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
William Blythe read Chinese Studies at Cambridge University. He is currently enrolled in a masters program in Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University but is often found wandering, uninvited, through the corridors of the Japanese department of the same institution.
Warner Brown is a frequent contributor to Tea Leaf Nation. He is based in Shanghai.
William Ford is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where he majored in East Asian Studies, focusing on Chinese politics, and minored in environmental studies. He has lived in China for over two years since 2007, conducting research on the Chinese environmental movement and also working as an interpreter during the Beijing Olympics.
Whitney Light is a writer and photographer in New York. She loves history, travel memoirs, documentary films and swimming pools. Currently, she is studying for an M.S. at Columbia Journalism School.
Wendy graduated from a liberal arts college this year. Originally from the East Coast, Wendy has spent several years living in Haikou and Beijing. After reporting for China Daily and contributed for China Digital Times, she started her Chinese blog http://wendyqian.wordpress.com. She listens to music ranging from Bollywood to rap and hopes to travel to India again.
Yao Chong is from Xiamen, Fujian, China. She received her B.A. in International Relations from American University, concentrating on Asian environmental politics. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yi Lu (Louis) is a junior studying History and French at Amherst College. Though fluent in Chinese, English, and French, he never fully feels at home in any. With writing, however, he hopes to weave together dissonant languages and cultures, and create a unifying story of truth and meaning.
Yixuan graduated from Peking University with a masters degree in philosophy. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh while interning at the Thomas Merton Center. She is currently living in China, where she writes articles in both Chinese and English to advocate for human rights.
Yaqiu Wang is a graduate of George Washington University. She lives and works in the Greater Washington D.C. area. She is currently authoring a book on China's organ transplant system.
Zahra Baitie is a rising junior at Yale University who spent the last academic year furthering her study of Mandarin at the Inter-University Program in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.