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Three trailblazing women navigate the bumpy expansion of the biggest Chinese industrial park in Ethiopia. The African giant has an ambitious industrialization plan. But is the China Model what it needs?
Co-director / Co-producer 2023
Fighting fentanyl: the drug from China destroying American lives
Overdoses linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin, killed nearly 30,000 people in the United States in 2017. Authorities say most fentanyl sold in the state of Pennsylvania can be traced back to China. We went to Kensington, an area considered a “ground zero” of America’s opioid crisis, in the Pennsylvanian city of Philadelphia, to find out how a drug funneled through from China is fueling a health crisis half a world away.
Director/ DP / Editor 2019
What happened to our parents? Uygur sisters seek answers
Zumret and Humar Isaac lost contact with their parents in November 2018. Since then, the two Uygur sisters from Xinjiang, China, have been on a quest to find out what happened. A phone call from someone claiming to work for the community affairs centre led the sisters to believe that their parents were sent to one of Xinjiang’s “re-education” facilities, where according to the UN, an estimated one million Uygurs are being held. The sisters launched a social media campaign calling for their release. In late March, their parents resurfaced and resumed contact, but the sisters were left with more questions than answers.
Director / DP / Editor 2019
BBC NEWS, OUR WORLD
China's New Silk Road
China calls it the project of the century, a massive pathway of Chinese built infrastructure designed to drive trade across more than 60 countries. This new silk road, which echoes the trading routes of the past, could remake the global economy to China's advantage, and critics see it as a power grab by the communist state. The BBC's China Editor, Carrie Gracie, has travelled from the east of China to the west of Europe, to hear from people who live along the route of China's new Silk Road.
Aired on BBC News Channel in August, 2017.
BBC NEWS, OUR WORLD
China's Science Revolution
From building the largest radio telescope the world has ever seen, transforming our understanding of the universe to vast subterranean experiments, hunting for the world’s weirdest particles to a radical new solution to a transplant crisis that’s now being rolled out to china’s vast population and missions into space with plans for the Moon and a race to the deep that could take China to the very bottom of the ocean. This is a nation making huge leaps in research. Welcome to China’s science revolution.
Aired on BBC News Channel in August, 2016.
Inspired by Peter Hessler's book ”Country Driving", a classic known for its keen observations of China as a time of monumental changes, veteran Chinese journalist Zhou Yijun travels across China along four unique routes - the Great Wall, railways running north-to-south, the Hu Line and the Yangtze River.
Yijun revisits the protagonists of "Country Driving" 10 years later to probe the meaning of home and happiness, the result of economic growth, the rich-poor divide and the issue of sustainable development as people seek to define their own Chinese dreams.
Aired on Channel News Asia in December, 2019.
CHANNEL NEWS ASIA
A Billion Chinese Dreams: Sustainable development in China
CHOCOLATE TOWN: AFRICANS IN GUANGZHOU
At least 20,000 African immigrants live and work in an area known as the "Chocolate Town"in China's Guangzhou.
Kojo, a businessman from Ghana tries to adjust to a new way of living as he carefully navigates challenges in a delicate relationship with his wife Cindy.
Director / Editor