I've been fascinated by China since 2010, when I moved to Shanghai to obtain a Masters degree from Fudan University. Chinese current affairs returned to my professional radar after I relocated to Hong Kong in 2017, where I reported on Chinese technology and business news as Assignment Editor for Fortune magazine, and on Chinese consumer and retail trends for trade publication Week in China as well as trend forecasting firm Stylus. I expanded the scope of my reporting to include Chinese geopolitics and public policy for BBC Monitoring, the BBC's media monitoring arm.
As a China Specialist on the Asia-Pacific team of BBC Monitoring, I monitored local vernacular media sources in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and produced daily reports and analyses of the day's top issues and the tone of their coverage. I also tracked Chinese social media platforms including Weibo and WeChat for social trends and censorship, and translated articles from Chinese to English.
Working out of Time Inc (now Meredith Corporation)'s Hong Kong bureau, I edited a weekly newsletter on Chinese current affairs with a business and tech focus for Fortune's CEO Daily column. I was also part of the team that helped to select and profile Chinese CEOs and companies as speakers at the 2017 Fortune Global Forum and Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Guangzhou, and awardees on Fortune's 2017 Change the World List on companies that do good by doing well.
Week in China
As a regular contributor to China-focussed trade publication Week in China, I reported on retail trends in China and track prominent Chinese consumer brands such as Kweichow Moutai, Bao Master, Want Want and Starbucks competitor, Luckin Coffee. I also help to co-author a specialist publication on the 50 Flavours of China.
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