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Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington DC, United States. She has nearly a decade of experience working in top-tier newsrooms, including the Associated Press, BBC News and Hong Kong's flagship newspaper, South China Morning Post.


Xinyan is a creative storyteller with a track record of delivering high-impact character-driven multimedia content. She works as a producer, shooter and editor, and has managed international crews in the coverage of many major breaking news events across Asia. 

Xinyan's work was central to the BBC's Asia Pacific coverage from 2012 to 2018. She told a myriad of stories about people navigating China’s meteoric socioeconomic transformation. She produced two BBC documentaries, China's Science Revolution and China's New Silk Road, in multiple countries, including Poland and Kazakhstan, and co-filmed parts of the BBC documentary, When Wealth is Not Enough. She was also the photographer and field radio producer for the BBC multimedia story and documentary, Inside a Chinese 'ketamine village'


In 2018, Xinyan became a founding member of Inkstone, an innovative app offering daily digests of China-focused stories for a global millennial readership. She moved to the US in late 2018 to launch the North America video team for Inkstone's parent publication, South China Morning Post. She produced, shot and edited two short films for SCMP FILM and a series of video features on topics ranging from the US-China trade war to the coronavirus outbreak. In the US, Xinyan co-founded Chinese Storytellers, a community empowering Chinese media professionals worldwide. She is now producing for BBC News based in Washington, DC while working on her first feature-length documentary.


Xinyan was born and bred in a steel town in Wuhan, China along the Yangtze River. She is an alumnus of the University of Hong Kong, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Barnard College.


China's Science Revolution, a 23-min documentary and multimedia page Xinyan produced, won the 2015 BBC Storytelling Fund and won the "Highly Commended" entry for excellent online production at the 2016 AIB Awards.

Xinyan's short film Fighting fentanyl – The drug from China destroying American lives won the Gold Prize for Best Use of Online Video at the 2019 WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards.



Xinyan spoke on BBC Radio 4 about how people from her hometown Wuhan coped with the coronavirus outbreak in February, 2020.


Xinyan wrote for The Atlantic about how her childhood friend fought the coronavirus with her mother when the health crisis took over her hometown Wuhan in February, 2020. 

Xinyan wrote an op-ed in March, 2020 for the Washington Post about how Wuhan was gearing up for a reboot after going through a two-month complete lockdown, and another in July, 2020 on how she contracted the coronavirus and reflected on the idea of "American freedom". 

Xinyan shared her thoughts on ChinaFile in a conversation about the NBA's row with China over the Hong Kong protests in October, 2019. 


Nonfiction filmmaker community Video Consortium featured Xinyan in its members' spotlight blog about how to "explain beyond the anger and chaos".

Xinyan's Twitter was listed as one of the 100+ accounts you should follow on China by SupChina