I’m a writer and Knox Fellow at Harvard where I’m completing a Master’s in East Asian Studies.
I grew up between London and Southeast Asia and my research explores Sinitic languages and pluralistic Chinese influence beyond the mainland.
Most recently, I’ve been exploring Shanghai where I wrote about geo-political trends and foreign direct investment in Asia. Right this second, I’m based in Boston.
I spent the last four summers getting lost in China and Southeast Asia documenting the effects of mass urbanisation on landscapes and linguistics. Travelling on trains, bikes, buses and donkeys, I wrote a series of investigative articles on the CCP’s efforts to build 220 cities over the next 15 years.
I graduated from Oxford University where I studied English literature, edited Isis magazine, the oldest student publication in the UK, and launched the first digital weekly edition in its 121-year history.
I spend a lot of time curating cross-cultural lectures, debates, film screenings and exhibitions. In 2010, I founded the Flying Angels Summer School – an arts and literacy programme which runs in Lusaka, Zambia.
Collaborating with the Frontline Club, I helped direct Grapevine – an events organisation for young journalists. I’ve also hosted various events with Modern Art Oxford, including the Oxford premier of Alison Klayman’s documentary ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’.
I’m currently working on a literary and visual project called Effigies – with a book and two short films in the offing.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about digital publishing, new media, detective fiction, technology, social entrepreneurship, urbanisation, linguistics, and food.Follow @rchoongwilkins