NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu on the launch of CHINA UNBOUND

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It’s launch day!

China Unbound is now available as a book and ebook

Audiobook on Audible for pre-download, coming Oct. 5

Dear NüVoices community:

Thank you so much for your support throughout my journalism career. Drawing on more than a decade of research, China Unbound is now officially published! 

It weaves historical & political context with on-the-ground reporting across four continents to present comparative case studies on major topics including Beijing’s “wolf warrior diplomacy,” far-reaching authoritarianism, the Huawei Meng Wanzhou saga and U.S.-China competition. 

NüVoices members were integral in the making of the book, from Colleen O’Connor’s help with early research to the experts I interviewed and friends who kindly reviewed chapters.

Please save the date SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 for an exclusive NüVoices book launch event featuring a panel of NüVoices experts, moderated by board member Christina Larson.

China Unbound has been selected as a best book of Fall 2021 by the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill, Vancouver Sun and CBC Books

Publishers Weekly said the book is “doggedly reported and fiercely argued, offer[ing] essential insight into Beijing’s aims and activities.” 

While the China-based research took place from 2012 to 2018 in my time as a foreign correspondent, I also reported across North America, Europe and Australia in 2019 then wrote most of the book (in my basement!) in 2020. The pandemic gave me more motivation to try to make it as engaging as possible since there is so much going on in the world.  I’m immensely grateful to colleagues who worked with me out in the field including Russian journalist Natalya Afanaseva.

I’m happy to have achieved my dream of writing a book, but my heart is also heavy thinking about the people I feature in the book anonymously, such as the Uyghur exiles I met in Istanbul, or the Canadian refugee from Hong Kong who was a Catholic high school teacher, harassed out of his job and away from his home because of his support for the city’s pro-democracy movement. It’s my privilege to help tell their stories. 

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can find China Unbound at Indigo or independent bookstores in North America (check indieboung.org), as an ebook or audiobook, and I’ve suggested other options on my website. If your local bookstore or library doesn’t carry the book, you can ask them to order it! 

Book Depository ships internationally, and purchases through this link support the Hong Kong Free Press! Stay tuned for news about the book’s official international launch through Hurst Publishers on November 4. 

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How can you support the launch?

SOCIAL MEDIA: It would make such a difference if you could share your thoughts about the book on your platform of choice. Maybe we can get the hashtag #ChinaUnbound trending! Please tag my social media handles on Twitter @joannachiu, on Instagram @joanna_chiu5, my Facebook page, or my LinkedIn profile

Phone snaps of the book are great, and downloadable photos are also available on my website’s gallery. Or you could share a link from my media interviews

REVIEWS: Consider posting a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

GOODREADS: Add the book to your Goodreads shelf, then rate/review when you’re done reading. 

BOOK CLUBS: Suggest the book as a book club pick. I’d be happy to “Zoom in” to answer any questions, and my publisher can provide a list of conversation starters. 

EVENTS: Take part in my upcoming book events! Most are free and virtual, but stay tuned for in-person events that will take place later this fall and early winter in North America & Europe! 

Thank you!