Our Team

Thank you to our many volunteers and consultants! 

Our Board: 

Joanna Chiu (赵淇欣) – Board Chair and Lead Editor

Joanna is a Beijing-based correspondent for AFP, covering politics, civil society and legal affairs in China. She has also served as China and Mongolia correspondent for German news agency DPA, and in Hong Kong, she reported for the South China Morning Post, The Economist and The Associated Press. She has covered the region for many other outlets including Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz and GlobalPost. She is also known for “her really cute cat”. Website: http://www.joannachiu.com Twitter: @joannachiu

Alice Xin Liu – Vice-Chair and Translation Director

Alice Xin Liu is a writer and translator living in Beijing. Born in China, she left aged seven and was educated in Britain, graduating from Durham University studying English Literature. Since arriving in Beijing in 2007 she has worked as a translator for the Guardian, China Editor for Index on Censorship, editor and translator at the Financial Times-affiliated Danwei.org, and as Managing Editor of bilingual literary magazine Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, editing the work of literature in translation from Chinese to English. As a literary translator Alice has translated two books of Chinese literature: The Letters of Shen Congwen (Yilin Publishing House) and The Problem with Me: And Other Essays on Making Trouble in China by Han Han (Simon and Schuster). Her freelance writings have appeared in n+1Grantathe Guardian, Asymptote and numerous other places.

Dominique Fong (余琛怡) – Chief Financial Officer and Editor

Dominique works as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, based in Beijing. She writes about one of Chinese people’s favourite topics: the property market. Her stories over the last year and a half have chronicled China’s gravity-defying housing boom, worries over debt in a cooling market, the relentless flow of Chinese money into overseas property and the security troubles of Beijing’s tallest tower. She’s also interested in how China’s urban areas develop into sprawling megacities and contribute to economic growth. Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominiquefong/ Twitter: @dominiquefong

Lijia Zhang (张丽佳) – Editor

Lijia is a factory-worker-turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. One of the few Chinese who write regularly in English for international publications, her articles have appeared inThe Guardian, The South China Morning Post, Newsweek and The New York Times. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Socialism Is Great!” about her rocket factory experience and her debut novel Lotus is on prostitution in contemporary China. Lijia has lectured at many conferences, institutions and universities around the world, including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford. She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and NPR. She lives in Beijing. Website: http://www.lijiazhang.com Twitter: @zhanglijia64

Te-Ping Chen (陈德平) – Editor

Te-Ping is a writer based in Beijing, where she covers politics and society for the Wall Street Journal. During her time in China, she’s reported numerous features for the Journal on topics ranging from China’s criminal justice system to its quest to build a better rice cooker. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, she worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in DC. Her stories have been recognised by the Overseas Press Club, as well as the Society of Publishers in Asia.

Laurie Burkitt – Editor

Laurie is a former Wall Street Journal reporter who covered the rise of China’s consumers and the companies that have attempted to capture their growth. In addition to her economic coverage, she has written extensively on China’s dismantled “One Child Policy” and enjoys finding lighthearted tales to show off China’s more humorous side. She worked previously at Forbes Magazine and the Washington Post and served as a Fulbright scholar in Beijing, working with China’s disabled students. Twitter: @lburkitt

Christina Larson – Editor

Christina is an award-winning American journalist in Beijing who writes about science, environment, technology, and the human side of Asia’s economic boom. She is a former China Technology Correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News, and a Contributing Correspondent for Science magazine. Her reporting from Asia on the environment, climate, politics, and culture has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, Wired, The New Republic, California Sunday Magazine, Scientific American, Nature, Technology Review, Smithsonian, Fast Company and Slate. Website: http://www.christina-larson.com/bio/ Twitter: @larsonchristina

Isabella Steger- Editor

Isabella is a reporter and editor for Quartz based in Hong Kong. She writes about Hong Kong and China, but also keeps an eye out on Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. She previously spent almost six years at the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, writing about everything from finance to commodities to Hong Kong’s political drama. She is a student of a fair few languages, to varying degrees of fluency. Website: https://qz.com/author/isqz/ Twitter: @stegersaurus

Sophie Lu – Editor

Sophie is the head of China Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Also a fan of science fiction and fantasy writing, she works in energy market analysis, crisis management, strategy and risk management consulting, focus on cleantech and energy finance in China. Twitter: @SLEnergy

Katie Stallard-Blanchette – Editor

Katie is a writer and foreign correspondent with experience reporting from more than 20 countries, currently working on a book about the use of wartime history in contemporary China, Russia, and North Korea.  Previously based in Beijing as head of Sky News’ Asia Bureau, her work has taken her to Pyongyang and the DMZ, out into the disputed waters of the South China Sea, and to the front line of the battle for the southern Philippines city of Marawi, where she reported under sniper fire from ISIS-linked militants.  She was previously based in Russia, where she led the channel’s coverage of the conflict in Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Twitter: @katiestallard

Jessie Lau – Online Editor

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jessie has always been drawn to stories that explore identity, social justice and development in an Asian context. Now pursuing a double master’s degree in international affairs at the London School of Economics and Peking University, she was most recently a news reporter with the South China Morning Post, where she specialised in writing features on social affairs. Website:www.laujessie.com Twitter: @_laujessie

Rachel Morarjee – Strategy Consultant

Rachel is director of the Economist Corporate Network, the Economist Group’s advisory network and executive briefing service. She has lived in Beijing continuously for the last three years, having begun her international media career in China in the late 1990s. Immediately prior to joining The Economist Group, Rachel worked as the Reuters Breakingviews’ China columnist, covering financial risk and China’s recent overseas investment splurge. Before moving back to China in 2013, Rachel worked as a foreign correspondent for over two decades, writing for the Financial Times in London, Moscow and Afghanistan. Twitter: @morarjee

Chenni Xu – Publicity Consultant

After seven years working in China, Chenni recently relocated to New York, where she works in corporate communications at Ant Financial. Chenni has a passion for the cultural and non-profit sectors, and enjoys the visual and performing arts outside of work. Twitter: @ChenniXu