Freelance Writing and Reporting
I do a lot of writing, and am available as a freelance writer and journalist, existing commitments permitting. These days, I’m mostly writing about tech in China for Tech in Asia, and you can find a lot of my political/social China blogging on ChinaGeeks.
I’m best at writing:
- Long and short-form news pieces on social issues and human rights in China. (See “China’s Missing Children” below and my work at 2Non.org for examples).
- Analytical pieces about Chinese social issues and human rights. (See my work on ChinaGeeks for examples).
- News and analytical pieces on Chinese social media and China’s tech industry. (See my work on Tech in Asia for examples).
- Personal/travel essays about social phenomena in China. (See “Spring Festival in Kedong” below for an example).
- Reviews and humorous rants about video games (see this and this for examples).
If you’re a publication looking for a freelance writer or reporter, feel free to get in touch with me. Here are some of my favorite paid freelance pieces for your perusal:
“China’s Missing Children” (Foreign Policy)
BEIJING — On April 10, 2010, the Liu family was living the Chinese dream. The couple had moved to the city, rented an apartment, and were blessed with two beautiful children. They weren’t rich, but they were getting by. Like many Chinese people, they felt their lives were getting better.
The next morning, strange men came to their house, grabbed their son Liu Jingjun, dragged him into a white van, and drove off. Since then, the Lius have been looking for him. They haven’t found him, but they have discovered that there are an awful lot of people just like themselves.
“Spring Festival in Kedong” (Danwei)
I’ve never really understood Spring Festival. Sure, I know the traditions and the stories, but I must admit, I’ve never really felt it. The first year I was in China, I spent the holiday wracked with fever, hallucinating in my apartment as exuberant Harbiners bounced fireworks off my windows. That’s fairly indicative of my Spring Festival experiences over the ensuing years.
Now that I’m married, though, I have the opportunity – nay, the obligation – to “return home” with my wife and celebrate the holiday in the Chinese way.
“After Forced Evictions, a Nightmare of Red Tape” (2Non.org)
On June 30, 2003, the deputy chair of the Wuxi New District Court burst through the door of Wu Xingyuan’s family home. Following the court official were police officers, demolition workers and other men Wu couldn’t identify. They began carrying Wu’s possessions out of the house. Within just three hours, the building had been razed to the ground, and most of the Wu family’s possessions had disappeared. But that was just the beginning. Nearly a decade later, Wu’s case remains unresolved. His family, which had been operating a highly profitable business out of Wu’s sizable home, is now significantly poorer. And Wu himself has grown tired and more than a little paranoid after waging a decade-long battle for justice with authorities.