Award-winning journalist and devoted Hong Konger Louisa Lim will join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for a virtual event celebrating the publication of her newest title, Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Indelible City is both a battle cry and a love letter to a complex place at a crossroads in its history – taking the 2019 protests as a starting point – and Lim captures the energy of Hong Kong in the way only a longtime resident can. Louisa Lim will be joined in conversation by Gina Chua, most recently executive editor of the Reuters news agency, and one of the most senior transgender journalists in the country.
This event will be streamed on Zoom Webinar. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link via email in advance of the event. The event will be uploaded to the AAWW YouTube channel the following week.
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This event will be captioned, and will include ASL Interpretation by Pro Bono ASL.
Louisa Lim is the author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Helen Bernstein Award. She covered China and Hong Kong for a decade, as a correspondent for the BBC and NPR, and has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. Raised in Hong Kong, she now teaches at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she lives with her two children.
A longtime newsroom manager with a career spanning three decades and five countries, Gina Chua has worked in print, radio, television and real-time electronic media, with a broad range of experience, including as a foreign correspondent and in business journalism, general news, data and graphics, newspaper design, strategic planning, project management, and newsroom budgets, operations, safety and security and administration.
At Reuters, Gina is responsible for editorial operations, including budgets, safety, security and logistics, among other duties. Gina has also held a number of other roles in the newsroom, including overseeing the graphics department and helping set up the data journalism team. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal in Manila, Hanoi, Hong Kong and New York.
Gina has taught graduate- and undergraduate-level classes and short training courses on the business models of journalism, computer-assisted reporting, and numeracy at New York University, Hong Kong University, and Nanyang Technological University. She also created and found funding for a fellowship to bring Asian journalists for a Masters’ in business and economic reporting at New York University. She speaks regularly on changes in the industry and ways to rethink and restructure journalism and newsroom processes; some of her writings are at (Re)Structuring Journalism. She transitioned in late 2020, making her one of the most senior transgender journalists in the industry.
Louisa Lim, Gina Chua