Farah Abdessamad is a French-Tunisian writer who has worked and lived in Cambodia in 2008-2009 and in 2019. She is currently writing a literary fiction set in Japanese-occupied Cambodia, and is based in New York City.
Farida Ali @farida_art is an art historian and writer. Her work has appeared in Scroll and elsewhere.
Adolfo Arranz is Deputy Head of infographics and illustration at the South China Morning Post.
Salvatore Babones (@sbabones) is an American sociologist at the University of Sydney. His research takes a long-term approach to interpreting the structure of the global economy, with a particular focus on China. He is the author of American Tianxia: Chinese money, American power and the end of history (Policy 2017).
Jill Baker is an Adjunct Fellow at the Asia Business Council in Hong Kong and a contributor to Forbes.com.
David Bellis is the founder of gwulo.com, a Hong Kong history website.
Andrea Bettinelli Dal Cin
Andrea Bettinelli Dal Cin is co-founder of Solomusica, which coordinates classical music relations between Asia and Europe.
Frank Beyer's writing has appeared in the LA Review of Books, Anak Sastra and Headland Journal.
Kiran Bhat is a writer currently living in Melbourne.
Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator and book critic.
Shahbano Bilgrami is the author of Those Children (HarperCollins, 2017) and the Man Asian Literary Prize-longlisted Without Dreams (HarperCollins, 2007).
Dr Joshua Bird is an international development professional working across the Asia-Pacific and the author of Economic Development in China's Northwest: Entrepreneurship and identity along China’s multi-ethnic borderlands (Routledge, July 2017).
Susan Blumberg-Kason is the author of Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong.
Paul Bromberg is the author of Thai Silver and Nielloware, a contributing editor of Arts of Asia magazine, and the editor of The Journal of the Siam Society.
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. His most recent book is Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler. For more writings see kerry-brown.co.uk.
Will Buckingham is a writer of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. He is currently a reader in Writing and Creativity at the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University in the UK. He is the author of Sixty-Four Chance Pieces and Lucy and the Rocket Dog.
Now based in Washington, DC, Agnès Bun is a French reporter who has previously worked out of New Delhi and Hong Kong. She won the Daniel Pearl Award in 2010 and is the author of There’s No Poetry in a Typhoon: Vignettes from Journalism’s Front Lines (Abbreviated Press).
John Butler recently retired as Associate Professor of Humanities at the University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, and has taught at universities in Canada, Nigeria and Japan. He specializes in early modern travel-literature (especially Asian travel) and seventeenth-century intellectual history. His books include an edition of Sir Thomas Herbert’s Travels in Africa, Persia and Asia the Great (2012) and most recently an edition of Sir Paul Rycaut's Present State of the Ottoman Empire (1667) and a book of essays, Off the Beaten Track: Essays on Unknown Travel Writers.
Aoife Cantrill is a PhD student at the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a history of translation in 20th century Taiwan.
Arvyn Cerézo is a Manila-based writer/journalist covering arts, culture, books, and technology.
Dorothy Chan is the author of Chinatown Sonnets, winner of New Delta Review’s 6th Annual Chapbook Contest. She is the Assistant Editor of The Southeast Review.
Jonathan Chatwin is the author of travelogue Long Peace Street: A walk in modern China. He holds a PhD in English Literature, and is author of Anywhere Out of the World, a literary biography of the traveller and writer Bruce Chatwin.
Rajat Chaudhuri is an Indian novelist and short story writer.
Choo Waihong was a corporate lawyer with top law firms in Singapore and California before she took early retirement in 2006 and began writing travel pieces for publications such as China Daily. She lived for seven years with the Mosuo tribe and now spends half the year with them in Yunnan, China. She is the author of The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains.
Mark Clifford is Executive Director of the Asia Business Council.
Nigel Collett won the 2017 Hong Kong History Book Prize for A Death in Hong Kong. His other books include The Butcher of Amritsar: Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer and Firelight of a Different Colour, a biography of Hong Kong actor Leslie Cheung.
Fiona Collins is a Japanese print cataloguer and researcher at the Worcester Art Museum. She holds an MA in Japanese Studies from SOAS, University of London, and her research interests include premodern Japanese design and material culture studies.
Scott Crawford is a writer and historian based in Beijing.
Richard Cullen is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He is co-author of No Third Person: Rewriting the Hong Kong Story (Abbreviated Press).
Serena De Marchi
Serena De Marchi is a postdoctoral researcher of Chinese and Sinophone literature currently based in Taipei.
Jame DiBiasio is the author of The Story of Angkor (Silkworm Books, 2014).
Ashley Galina Dudarenok
Modern Ink series editor and co-author of Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi Britta Erickson, PhD, is an independent scholar and curator. She now serves as artistic director at INK Studio, a Beijing gallery devoted to contemporary ink artists. Her current projects include the production of a film series, The Enduring Passion for Ink.
Amelia Ashley Fang
Amelia Ashley Fang is a university student in Canada, studying literature.
Jason Keith Fernandes
Jason Keith Fernandes is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centro de Estudos Internacionais – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.
Alison Fincher (@FincherAlison) is a student of Japanese and an independent researcher of contemporary Japanese fiction. Read Japanese Literature is her podcast about Japanese literature and some of its best works.
Alessandro Ford is a freelance journalist. He was the first UK student to attend Kim Il Sung University in North Korea and now writes about the country and its greater role in East Asia
Glyn Ford is a former Euro-MP and author of North Korea on the Brink. His Talking to North Korea: Ending the Nuclear Standoff was published by Pluto in September.
Angus Forsyth is an internationally respected collector of, and authority on, Chinese jade. Former president of the Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong, he is author of Ships of the Silk Road: The Bactrian Camel in Chinese Jade (Bloomsbury 2019).
Nashua Gallagher is the founding director of Peel Street Poetry, a literary arts collective that have run spoken word sessions and other events in Hong Kong since 2005. Her debut poetry collection is All the Words a Stage.
Michael Goebel is Professor of Global and Latin American History at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Argentina’s Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History (Liverpool University Press, 2011).
Formerly editor heading the English-language list at Penguin Random House North Asia, Anya Goncharova is a Literary Agent at Peony Literary Agency and Tender Leaves Translations.
Nicholas Gordon has an MPhil from Oxford in International Relations and a BA from Harvard. He is a writer, editor and occasional radio host based in Hong Kong.
Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books.
Elizabeth T Gray, Jr
Elizabeth T Gray, Jr is a poet, and a translator of Persian and Tibetan literature. Her most recent book is Salient (New Directions, May 2020).
Guo Xiaolu is the author of, most recently, A Lover’s Discourse and Once Upon a Time in the East.
A journalist by training, Mariyam Haider is a writer, poet and communications consultant in Singapore . She is the researcher of the book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age written by James Crabtree. Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Livemint, Feminism In India, New Asian Writing and Kitaab.
Brian Haman is the Book Review Editor of The Shanghai Literary Review. A former Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Warwick in the UK and splits his time between China and Europe.
Hammond writes the Amgalant series, historical fiction based on the Secret History of the Mongols.
Tim Hannigan is the author of Murder in the Hindu Kush, shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize; Raffles and the British Invasion of Java which won the 2013 John Brooks Award; A Brief History of Indonesia; and Travel Writing Tribe: Journeys in Search of a Genre.
Zeina Hashem Beck
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet who lives in Dubai. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, There Was and How Much There Was, is a 2016 Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others.
Humphrey Hawksley is a journalist, an author and foreign correspondent for the BBC.
Rick Henry was a Professor of English at SUNY—Potsdam where he directed the BFA in Creative Writing.
A former US Marine and Iraq war veteran, Dr James Herndon worked in Udaipur, India while completing his PhD in Economics. He currently works as a consultant in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mary Hillis (@mhillis) is a teacher and writer based in Japan.
Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming teaches at Hong Kong Baptist University and is co-editor of the journal Cha. Her latest poetry collection is Hula Hooping.
Poet Viki Holmes has been living and writing in Hong Kong since 2005. She is author of miss moon’s class (Chameleon Press, 2008) and Girls’ Adventure Stories of Long Ago (Chameleon Press, 2017) and co-editor of Not A Muse (Haven Books, 2009).
Farrukh Husain is a lawyer as well as author of Afghanistan in the Age of Empires (2018) covering the first Anglo-Afghan war; he has worked as a history researcher for academics and William Dalrymple.
Kyle Hutzler is an MBA candidate at Stanford, previously with the consultancy McKinsey & Company.
Dragoș Ilca was born and raised in Romania. He studied literature in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. He taught creative writing and literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, among other places and is the author of HK Hollow.
Niranjana Iyer is a writer, editor, and college admissions essay consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She tweets @ninaiyer.
Grace Jackson is a British writer and translator based in New York. She lived in Taiwan for two years before gaining a master's degree in East Asian Studies at Harvard University, where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She is on Twitter @gracejackson
Chiu-Ti Jansen is a writer, TV host and founder of <a href="China Happenings, a multimedia platform about contemporary Chinese culture. She is a columnist for the FInancial Times's Chinese edition.
Travis Jeppesen is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Industry at Shanghai Jiaotong University. His latest books are Bad Writing (Sternberg/MIT Press, 2019) and See You Again in Pyongyang (Hachette, 2018).
Kavita A Jindal is the author of the novel Manual For A Decent Life, winner of the Brighthorse Prize. She has published two poetry books: Patina and Raincheck Renewed.
Stephen Joyce is a marketing consultant and copywriter who moved to Asia from Scotland in early 2010. He has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore and is now in the UK.
Nicholas Jubber is the author of Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe (John Murray, 2019)
Chad Kohalyk divides his time between Canada and Japan.
Dmitry Kosyrev is known in Russia for his spy trilogy set in the world of the 8th century, starting from The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas.
Theophilus Kwek is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, Circle Line and, most recently, Giving Ground.
Neville Lai is an independent researcher on global affairs.
Elizabeth Lawrence is Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College.
Jacqueline Leung is a writer and translator from Hong Kong. She's an Editor-at-Large for Asymptote and also writes for ArtAsiaPacific, Voice & Verse and others publications.
A poet, actress and travel writer on the side, Zabrina Lo is Associate Features Editor at Tatler Hong Kong.
Christine Loh Kung-wai has served Hong Kong in the public, NGO and educational sectors for more than three decades, most recently as Hong Kong Undersecretary for the Environment. She is co-author of No Third Person: Rewriting the Hong Kong Story (Abbreviated Press).
Namrata Madhira is a writer in Mumbai.
Stephen Maire retired in 2020 after a long career in the garment business in Asia.
Erich Mayer is a retired company director and former organic walnut farmer. He now edits the blog humblecomment.info.
Patrick McShane is the Editor-in-Chief of the online literary journal Hwæl-Weġ.
Hannah Michell is the author of The Defections.
Tony Michell is a business consultant and visiting Professor at KDI School of Policy and Management in Korea and formerly taught Economic History in the UK.
Rosie Milne runs Asian Books Blog twitter@asianbooksblog. She lives in Singapore.
Reid Mitchell is a New Orleanian teaching in China. More specifically, he is a Scholar in Jiangsu Province’s 100 Foreign Talents Program, and a Professor of English at Yancheng Teachers University.
Juan José Morales
Maximillian Morch is a researcher and author, formerly based in Yangon and Kathmandu, focused on regional refugee and migratory issues.
Astrid Møller-Olsen is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. She has published on literary drinking cultures, allegorical cannibalism, fictional dictionaries and Daoist commensality in Chinese fiction. Current research focuses on the spatiotemporal relation between cityscape and memory in contemporary urban fiction in Chinese.
Swati Nair is a writer, editor and reviewer based in Dublin.
Tsering Namgyal is a journalist and novelist based in Hong Kong.
Saima Nasar is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her research is concerned with the transnational history of race, empire, and diaspora.
Rachel Love Nuwer
Rachel Love Nuwer is a science journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, BBC Future, and elsewhere. She is the author of Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking.
Leanne Ogasawara has worked as a translator from the Japanese for over twenty years. Her translation work has included academic translation, poetry, philosophy, and documentary film. Her book reviews have appeared in Kyoto Journal, the Dublin Review of Books, the New Rambler, and 3 Quarks Daily.
David C Owens
The Noble Silver Collection, assembled by David C Owens and his wife Kathleen over eight years, is the largest-known single collection of work from the Burmese Silver Age. He is the author of Burmese Silver Art (Marshall Cavendish).
Tim O’Connell is a China trader turned writer and historian who has lived in Hong Kong and Beijing since 1981.
Jen Paolini is a Hong Kong-born lifestyle writer and editor who grew up between Europe and East Asia. She covers travel, culture, and dining and has a background in art direction, illustration, and visual design.
Suhasini Patni is a freelance writer based in Jaipur and Delhi. Her story was short-listed for the Toto Funds the Arts, Creative Writing in English Award 2021. Her work has appeared in Asymptote, Scroll, Cha, and elsewhere.
Lawrence Pettener is a poet and editor living in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.
Phuong Phan is an art and architectural historian based in Berlin.
Olivia Porter is a PhD candidate at King's College London. Her research focuses on Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar.
Gayathri Prabhu and Nikhil Govind
Gayathri Prabhu and Nikhil Govind are authors of Shadow Craft: Visual Aesthetics of Black and White Hindi Cinema
Bill Purves is a Hong Kong-based writer. He is the author of several books, including A Sea of Green: A Voyage Around the World of Ocean Shipping and China on the Lam: On Foot Across the People’s Republic.
Qiu Xiaolong is an award-winning novelist and poet.
Ian Rapley is a lecturer in modern Japanese history at Cardiff University.
Pamela Recinella is an Italian stage and opera director.
T F Rhoden
T F Rhoden, PhD, has been a resident of Southeast Asia for fifteen years and currently works in international aid and relief. His most recent book is Karen Language Phrasebook: Basics of Sgaw Dialect (White Lotus Press, 2015).
Elvira Roca Barea
Elvira Roca Barea is an award-winning Spanish academic and writer.
John Ross is publisher at Camphor Press.
Bruce Rusk is associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He is co-translator with Christopher Rea are co-translators of The Book of Swindles by Yingyu Zhang (Columbia University Press, 2017).
Evan Ryser is a resident of Washington, DC, and holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Marli Cristina Scomazzon and Jeff Franco
Marli Cristina Scomazzon and Jeff Franco are authors of Primeira circum-navegação brasileira e primeira missão do Brasil à China (1879) as well as A Caminho do Ouro: norte-americanos na Ilha de Santa Catarina (2015) and História Natural da Ilha de Santa Catarina: o códice de Noronha (2017).
Francis P Sempa
Francis P Sempa is the author of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century and America’s Global Role: Essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics and War. His writings appear in The Diplomat, Joint Force Quarterly, the University Bookman and other publications. He is an attorney and an adjunct professor of political science at Wilkes University.
Riga Shakya is a PhD candidate in Sino-Tibetan History at the Department of East Asian Languages, Columbia University. His doctoral research centres on Tibetan lay autobiographical narratives and historiographical practice during the Qing period. He is also a translator of contemporary Tibetan fiction and involved in Chinese and Tibetan film production.
Todd Shimoda is the author of Why Ghosts Appear, Subduction, Oh! A Mystery of 'Mono No Aware', The Fourth Treasure and 365 Views of Mt. Fuji.
Selina Siak Chin Yoke is the author of The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds and When the Future Comes Too Soon (AmazonCrossing,
2016 & 2017), the first two books in the "Malayan Series".
Timothy Sifert is an American writer. He's worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, New York, London and Warsaw.
Arunava Sinha is a translator of Bengali fiction, poetry and non-fiction into English and books editor at scroll.in.
Ken Smith is an award-winning critic and journalist. He covers music and cultural developments on five continents for a wide range of media.
Yorim Spoelder is a Dutch historian based at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID) and Free University Berlin, and the author of the forthcoming book Staging the Nation Beyond the Raj: Transcolonial Knowledge Networks and Visions of Greater India, 1800-1950s.
Nidhi Srinivas works at the New School in New York City where he teaches on management, civil society and social innovation.
Jemimah Steinfeld is the author of Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China (IB Tauris, 2015).
Tim Summers, formerly British Consul-General in Chongqing, is a professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and author of Yunnan: A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia (Chandos, 2012).
Jicheng Sun is the co-translator of The Verse of Shao Xunmei
Hal Swindall is the co-translator of The Verse of Shao Xunmei
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a French musician, poet, literary translator, and editor. Her most recent book is The Ruined Elegance: Poems.
Ece Temelkuran is the author of Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy. Her debut novel Women Who Blow on Knots (Parthian Books) will be published in June 2017.
Phyllis Teo is an art historian and writer currently based in Singapore. She is the author of Rewriting Modernism: Three Women Artists in Twentieth-Century China (Leiden University Press, 2016).
Edith Terry is a writer and author based in Hong Kong.
Sydney To is PhD student in English Literature. His writing has been published in Asian American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students.
Lina Tran is science writer from the Alabama coast who is based in Milwaukee.
Matt Turner is a writer and translator living in New York City and Beijing. He publishes regularly with Hyperallergic Weekend, Seedings and Cha, and has work forthcoming in Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The World of Chinese. His translation of Lu Xun's 1927 book of prose poetry, Weeds, is forthcoming from Shanghai's Seaweed Salad Editions.
John Darwin Van Fleet
Van Fleet’s first book, Tales of Old Tokyo, a scrapbook history of the city from 1853 to 1964, was published in 2015. Resident in Japan for the decade of the 1990s, Van Fleet has lived in China since. He is steadily producing episodes of his multimedia project, Quarreling Cousins: China and Japan from Antiquity to the 2020s. He serves as Director, Corporate Globalization, at the Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Soni Wadhwa lives in Mumbai.
Jane Wallace is a Hong Kong-born journalist and author living in London.
Jing Wang is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at Rice University and currently a visiting scholar in the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in issues of globalization, intercultural studies, and ethnic/religious minorities in post-socialist states.
Martin Witte is an activist, writer, editor and translator.
Jennifer Wong is a Hong Kong poet now residing in London. Her books include Goldfish (Chameleon Press), Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry) and 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press).
Andréa Worden is a researcher, writer, translator, and educator based in Washington, DC.
Kristen Yee is an American writer of Chinese and Portuguese-Jamaican descent.
Hilton Yip is a writer based in Taiwan and former book editor of Taiwan’s The China Post.
Alfred A Yuson
Alfred A (Krip) Yuson is a Filipino novelist and journalist, and author of The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen, a previous manuscript of which was short-listed for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize. His previous novels are Great Philippine Jungle Energy Cafe and Voyeurs & Savages.
John W. W. Zeiser
John W. W. Zeiser is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. His criticism and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications. You can follow him on twitter @jwwz.
Emma Zhang is lecturer in English at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Yu Zhang is a professor of Chinese at Loyola University.
Judith van de Bovenkamp
Judith van de Bovenkamp has been writing about China for over a decade. She is managing editor of the Dutch China crowdblog China2025.nl.