Joanna Chiu is a Vancouver-based journalist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, after previously serving as bureau chief of StarMetro Vancouver. Her specialty is China-Canada relations.
Joanna was previously a Beijing-based correspondent for Agence France Presse (AFP), leading coverage of China’s human rights, legal issues and social affairs for one of the world’s biggest news operations. She has also served as China and Mongolia correspondent for the top German news agency DPA, and in Hong Kong, she reported for the South China Morning Post, The Economist and The Associated Press.
Her story on the living conditions of refugees in Hong Kong won a 2012 Human Rights Press Award, and her report on #MeToo cases in Asia was named one of the best Foreign Policy long-form stories in 2018. She has also covered social issues and the Chinese diaspora in Thailand and Indonesia.
She is the founder and chair of the NüVoices editorial collective, which celebrates the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined). In addition to the NüVoices podcast and upcoming print anthology, the group’s online magazine NüStories publishes essays, articles, multimedia projects and other original content.
Her work has appeared in many other leading publications including The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz, Al Jazeera and GlobalPost. She additionally provides commentary for broadcast media as well as offers public workshops and lectures on request.
As a consultant, she has assisted major non-profit organizations on numerous high-level productions. In March 2018, PEN America published a 90-page report on China’s social media censorship based on her research and analysis. She previously served as Northeast Asia correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists from 2012 to 2014, producing articles and research reports on press freedom issues in the region.
She earned her Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and studied Chinese history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.