Mei Fong is an award-winning communicator and writer. As a Wall Street Journal China correspondent, she has won multiple awards, including a shared Pulitzer Prize Award for international reporting. Her first book, on China’s one-child policy, was critically acclaimed and winner of a non-fiction award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. When tightening censorship led to a scrapping of a Chinese edition of her book, Fong released a free digital version in Chinese, paying for it through an innovative crowd-funding initiative. Her efforts led to her being named a Top 50 influencer on U.S.-China relations by Foreign Policy Magazine.
Fong has served as juror for journalism prizes awarded by The Asia Society and the Overseas Press Club and is on the advisory board for the nonprofit 100Reporters. She has appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC and her writings have been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian.
She was a fellow at the D.C.-based think tank New America and taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is a graduate from the National University of Singapore and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Articles, Publications, and Appearances
Articles & Op-eds
What We Lose When We Lose Female Reporters (The New York Times, January 11, 2018)
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong review – a harrowing examination of social control (The Guardian, January 4, 2016)