Do we need more diversity in our English speaking reporting on China?
For a number of different reasons, portrayals of China in the past in foreign media have predominantly been written by men. As the number of female journalists and journalists of Asian descent increases, how does this impact the way China stories are told to the world? YCW Beijing is delighted to bring together a panel of notable speakers on this issue. The discussion will grapple with some of the challenges surrounding reporting on China, especially for an English-speaking audience and focus on how women’s perspectives shape debates both within the country and abroad.
We invite Joanna Chiu (Beijing-based foreign correspondent),
Yajun Zhang (Co-host of 我们 podcast) and
Biyi Feng (Founder of Elephant Room) to discuss.
Joanna is chair of NüVoices, a China-focused female writers’ and artists’ collective. She has reported on China’s politics, civil society and legal affairs for the past seven years for publications including AFP, DPA, The Economist, Quartz, The Atlantic, South China Morning Post and The Associated Press. She recently wrote about “sexpats” in Asia for Foreign Policy.
Websites: http://www.joannachiu.com http://www.nuvoices.com
Twitter: @joannachiu and @nvvoices
Yajun is the co-host of the Wǒ Men (我们) Podcast. She is also a contributor for the Christian Science Monitor, Guardian, Public Radio International, Radii China and SupChina. Previously she worked at The Christian Science Monitor Beijing bureau and currently is the Managing Director of the Foote Group, a communications strategy company.
Biyi is the founder of Elephant Room, an independent media project that makes China relatable through the eyes of two young Chinese working women. Established in early 2017, Elephant Room has reported over 70 stories and co-published pieces with other China-focused media outlets including SupChina, RadiiChina and Sixthtone. Biyi holds a Bsc from London School of Economics and an MA from NYU. She is also currently the CEO of a Chinese media company.