Following our inaugural essay competition in 2016 with King’s College London’s Lau China Institute, YCW and the Lau China Institute held a second essay competition in 2017 on the topic: “Cyber China.” Dozens of fascinating contributions poured in from young people around the world, addressing subjects from China’s cyber nationalism to the emerging online dialect in the Chinese blogosphere.


The winning submission by Chiu Wan Liu, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, examined how e-commerce facilitates shifts of gender norms in southern China. Her essay was titled ‘Transforming patriarchy in the digital-era: a Case Study of a Taobao Village of southern Fujian’.

You can read Chiu Wan Liu’s essay here:

Runners Up

The runners up were Kyi Yeung Goh and Sinead O’Connor who wrote respectively on ‘China’s cyber-public space: The double-edged sword linking state and society’ and ‘Cyber China: Chinese Dialects and the Internet – the creation of a local and national identity.’

The Event
At this event the winner and two runners up will give short presentations on their essays and then take questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau-Institute at King’s College London and an advisor to YCW London.

About the Lau-YCW Essay Competition

The Lau-YCW essay competition aims to discover the newest young writing on China in the UK, in order to develop the next generation of China expertise. Members of academia, the media, government, the private sector or any interested applicants are invited to submit entries.

Our panel of judges (from the YCW London chapter leadership and the Lau China Institute at King’s College) blind choose the winners.

We invite Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College London and Director of the Lau China Institute to discuss.

In partnership with the Lau China Institute at King’s College London Lau China Institute, King’s College

Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. Prior to this he was a diplomat, working for the British Foreign Office in London and China from 1998 to 2005, and then Senior Fellow and Head of Asia Programme at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, when he became Professor Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is the author of more than 10 books on modern China, including “CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping” to be published in April 2016. His first book of poetry, `Lost Calls’ was published in the US in January 2016.

London – YCW LN: Second KCL-YCW Essay Competition Winners’ Presentations with Kerry Brown [Monday, May 21]
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