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Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist 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 news app featuring daily digests of US-China news, and launched South China Morning Post‘s North America video team in New York as its senior video producer.


Xinyan returned to the BBC in 2020, and covered breaking news in the US as a senior video journalist for two years. 

Now working as an independent filmmaker, Xinyan has directed and produced for international broadcasters including the BBC, NHK, PBS NOVA, Channel New Asia, etc. She is a New America National Fellow, a Firelight Media Doc Lab fellow, a Brown Girls Doc Mafia Sustainable Artist fellow and an alumnus of the Yaddo Residency.


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 and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the developed world where she is living and working now.   

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