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Contributors

Regular and previous Danwei contributors are listed below. You can email using the contributor's first name with @danwei.org. If you want to contact guest contributors, please email the Danwei editor who posted the guest's article.

See Danwei's press coverage page for more about our contributors.

 
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Jeremy Goldkorn founded Danwei in 2003, and acts as editor-in-chief and publisher.

A native of South Africa, Goldkorn moved to China in 1995. He has lived in a workers dormitory, ridden a bicycle across Xinjiang and Tibet, and spent the last decade working in the Chinese media, advertising and Internet industries. He produced the documentary African Boots of Beijing. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as The New York Times and Cosmopolitan's Chinese edition (时尚), with regular contributions to The Guardian's opinion pages. Goldkorn is a regular public speaker at both Chinese- and English-language conferences and events. He's also on Twitter, in Chinese on Sina's Weibo and infrequently on jeremygoldkorn.com.

 
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Joel Martinsen began contributing to Danwei in 2004 and is currently managing editor. Originally from the Washington, DC suburbs, Martinsen arrived in China in 2000. After a stint teaching English in the northeast, he came to Beijing to study modern Chinese literature at Beijing Normal University.

Martinsen runs a personal blog, Twelve Hours Later, that focuses on Chinese science fiction and fantasy, and he comments elsewhere under the id zhwj.

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Eric Mu met the founder of Danwei, Jeremy, in the summer of 2007 when he was an university student doing a temporary job as a shop attendant in a bookstore. It was Jeremy's encouragement that rekindled his childhood dream of making a living through writing and in English−something not even in his dream. He is currently writing newspaper-based stories and translations for Danwei.
 
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Alice Xin Liu joined Danwei at a time of global economic recession — December, 2008. She previously worked as a news assistant at The Guardian's Beijing bureau and as an editor at the then that's Beijing (now the Beijinger) magazine.

A graduate of Durham University, UK, Liu's roots are in Beijing, her birth city. For Danwei she writes about domestic and foreign news media, Chinese Internet culture, books on China, and other media and cultural topics.

 

People who have made major contributions to Danwei former staff writers include Mauro Marescialli , Jacopo Della Ragione, Dror Poleg, Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Ben Miao, Lynne Stuart, Luke Mines, Anna Sophie Loewenberg, Robert Ness, Fernando Fidanza , Lydia Wallace, Banyue, and Adam J. Schokora.

Guest contributors include journalists, scholars, and specialists in Chinese business, media and culture.

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