Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist, TV producer and filmmaker based in Washington DC.


A native of Wuhan, China, Xinyan started her video journalism career in 2012 producing for BBC News in Beijing, covering the Asia Pacific region for six years. 


In 2018, she became a founding member of Inkstone, an innovative app featuring daily digests of US-China news targeting millennial audiences, and launched South China Morning Post‘s North America video team in New York as its senior video producer.


In the US, Xinyan co-founded Chinese Storytellers, a community empowering Chinese nonfiction content creators worldwide. She is now producing for BBC News in Washington DC as a senior video journalist while co-directing Made in Ethiopia (working title), her first feature documentary about Chinese investment in Ethiopia. 

Xinyan's passion for storytelling stems from her background growing up in a community of Chinese state-owned steel factory workers. Her work straddles two worlds -  documenting the socioeconomic and geopolitical changes in the Global South where she is from, especially related to the complex impact of China's rise, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the developed world where she is living and working now.