Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington DC, USA. She has has more than eight years 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 specialized in delivering character-driving multimedia content. She produces, films and edits as a one-person team, and has managed international crews in covering many major breaking news events.
Xinyan's work was central to the BBC's Asia Pacific coverage from 2012 to 2018. She told stories of China’s socioeconomic transformation, human rights and the environment, while navigating government censorship. She produced two BBC documentaries, China's Science Revolution and China's New Silk Road, in multiple countries, including Poland and Kazakhstan, co-filmed parts of the BBC documentary, When Wealth is Not Enough, and was the photographer and field radio producer for the BBC multimedia story and documentary, Inside a Chinese 'ketamine village'.
In 2018, Xinyan co-founded Inkstone, a news start-up delivering a daily digest of China-focused stories for a global millennial readership. As its senior multimedia producer based in Beijing, she worked with a team of text reporters and graphic designers in a digital-first newsroom. She produced a multimedia climate change series she on China's coal consumption, desertification and melting glaciers.
Xinyan 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. Currently, she is producing for BBC News based in Washington, DC and working on her first feature-length documentary on Chinese investment in Ethiopia.
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.
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.
Xinyan is the co-founder of Chinese Storytellers, a community empowering Chinese nonfiction content creators worldwide.
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.