DEBBIE

YONG

China Watcher.
Food Writer.
Media consultant.
Editor and Translator.
 

I am a widely travelled writer, editor and translator with both breadth and depth of experience writing for print and digital media. Born in Singapore, educated in the US, UK and China, and now based in Hong Kong, I made a recent career pivot to report on Chinese geopolitical and business news, but I maintain a parallel interest in writing about luxury hospitality trends across Asia as a seasoned lifestyle journalist. 

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News journalist and China watcher

 

I write about Chinese geopolitics, public policy and consumer news for a handful of current affairs titles. As a contributor to BBC Monitoring, a specialist arm of the BBC, I produce reports and analyses of Chinese geopolitical and socio-cultural news trends via daily monitoring of vernacular media sources in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I also translate key news articles from Chinese to English.

 

Before going freelance in mid-2018, I was a full-time Assignment Editor at Time Inc.'s Hong Kong bureau, where I edited a weekly newsletter for Fortune magazine on Chinese tech and economy news. I also coordinated between the editorial and marketing teams to produce print, digital and video content for the magazine's 2017 Fortune Global Forum and Fortune Brainstorm Tech conferences in Guangzhou, China and Brainstorm Tech in Singapore.

I started my career as a journalist with Singapore's national broadsheet The Straits Times and financial daily The Business Times.

Lifestyle writer and dining specialist

 

As a freelance dining and luxury hospitality writer, my bylines have appeared in publications such as Forbes, Monocle and CNN Travel.

 

I was the founding digital editor of the Michelin Guide when the French restaurant guide launched their inaugural Singapore and Hong Kong/Macau editorial websites. Prior to that, I spent several years on the lifestyle team of The Business Times, before moving to the newspaper's main business desk.

 

My black book includes the who's who of the hospitality industry in Asia and I frequently speak, moderate and judge on restaurant industry panels, such as the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants '50 Best Talks', the Michelin Guide trade seminars and press conferences, Makansutra's Hawker Training Programme, and at the Culinary Institute of America in Singapore.

 

I also selectively provide copywriting and content consulting services and local fixer assistance for global media and luxury brands. 

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I have a Bachelors degree in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in the US, and completed my Masters in Global Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Shanghai's Fudan University.

 

In Singapore, I was part of the Gifted Education Programme, a tailored public education scheme for academically advanced 9 to 16 year olds.

Outside of work, I scratch my entrepreneurial itch as a co-founder and creative director of boutique tea company, Pin Tea, and previously ran Batch, an e-commerce and online content platform incubated under a now-defunct new media accelerator programme run by the Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore's largest publisher.

 

Work Experience

2018 - Present

Freelance Journalist

 Hong Kong

  • China media specialist and translator for BBC Monitoring

  • Contributor to Fortune magazine and Week in China

  • Contributor to Monocle, Forbes and luxury lifestyle titles

  • Copywriter and content strategy consultant

2017 - 2018

Assignment Editor

Fortune magazine, Time Inc.

Hong Kong

2016 - 2017

Digital Editor

Michelin Guide Singapore and Hong Kong/Macau

Singapore

2011 - 2015

Journalist

The Business Times

Singapore

2010 - 2011

Freelance Writer and Translator

Shanghai​/London

2007 - 2009

Journalist

The Straits Times

Singapore

 
 

Education

2009 - 2011

London School of Economics, UK

Fudan University, China

MSc in Global Media and Communications (dual degree)

2004 - 2007

University of Pennsylvania, US

BA in English Literature

  • Graduated magna cum laude within three years

2006 - 2007

St Peters College, Oxford University

Visiting Student Programme

  • Completed a full academic year in Oxford as part of Penn Abroad

2002 - 2003

Raffles Junior College

Humanities Scholar

1998 - 2001

Raffles Girls School

Gifted Education Programme

  • Distinction for Masters thesis on censorship in Singapore state media at LSE 

  • Distinction for Masters thesis on the use of Weibo among Chinese youth at Fudan

 

Contact Me

117 Caine Road

Mid-levels, Hong Kong

hello [at] debbieyong [dot] com

Linkedin: debbieyong

Twitter: @debyong
Wechat: @yongandhungry

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