The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) and the Pulitzer Center invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 22, for a special brown bag lunch with journalist Chi-Chi (né Xin Chi) Zhang. Zhang recently completed a two-year ICWA fellowship based in Chongqing, China, but she will also share her views on the significance of the demonstrations in Hong Kong, as well as on the tribulations resulting from China's rapid urbanization.
Her fellowship research focused on China's migrant populations, inland development, and sustainable urbanization. Over this two-year period, Zhang lived alongside young migrants in urban slums as they searched for jobs, adapted to city life and struggled to provide for their children left behind in their rural hometowns. As part of her research on rural-to-urban transitions, she delved into Chongqing's phenomenal economic growth and its impact on the growth of urban migrant communities, China's westward expansion and fueling the growth of a new middle class.
Overall, Zhang has spent the past eight years working and living in China. From 2008 to 2012, she was a producer for CNN and foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, where she covered major stories such as the nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea, and the Hu Jintao-to-Xi Jinping leadership transition. Zhang has also served on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association.
She is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned her B.A. in Journalism. She is fluent in Mandarin and currently resides in Boston. Zhang has also worked in Hong Kong and her works have appeared in Time Magazine, The Denver Post, OZY and Newsweek China. She was born in China and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Wednesday, October 22
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 615