In less than four decades, China has turned its economy into a $11.2 trillion behemoth whose size is second only to that of the United States. It has moved hundreds of millions of people from the countryside into cities. Its middle class, coveted by corporations hunting for new customers, became the world’s largest in 2016 when it reached 200 million people. China’s actions around the globe – from investments in Africa to island-building in the South China Sea to partnerships with Hollywood studios – are shaping the economic, political and cultural orders of the 21st century.
This place is big.
As the nation of 1.38 billion people has grown in stature, so has attention upon it. Countless news organizations, independent websites, commentators and regular citizens track China’s every move, trying to figure out what makes it tick. It can be overwhelming.
SupChina is here to help.
Taming the torrents
In our regular newsletter, we’ll channel this river of information flowing from more than 300 high-quality sources into a two-minute read that will keep you up to speed on the country’s most important business, political and cultural news. On our website, you’ll find our quick looks at the day’s news along with content showcasing deeper analysis. Our podcast will bring together people with a variety of perspectives on the nation to create lively, informative and surprising discussions.
Unknotting the issues
China faces an extraordinary array of challenges. Its environment is suffering. The country struggles with deeply rooted government corruption. An economy trying to transform into one driven by consumers is slowing, threatening social stability. The free flow of information, so critical to highly developed nations, clashes with the authorities’ desire for control. Officials are still learning how to oversee a developing financial industry whose bouts of tumult rattle investors. An increasing and aging population is placing more and more demands on the government. Will China become more democratic? Or will it go the other way?
English speakers around the globe want answers to those questions. SupChina wants to provide them. We’ll be clear, but not cold. We’ll be pointed, but not partisan. We are serious with a twist – a voice that pulls in readers new to the country while engaging those already in the know.
Anla Cheng – Founder and Chairman
Anla is the founder of SupChina. She has been a Senior Partner of Sino-Century, a cross-border PE firm, and has decades of experience in hedge funds and private equity in the U.S. and major Asian financial markets. Ms. Cheng is a trustee of the boards of the China Institute, Committee of 100, The Nature Conservancy, and MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America). She is also a member of the China Council of Brookings and the National Committee on United States–China Relations.
Soraya Darabi – Lead Adviser
Soraya is the co-founder of Zady.com, a company that Forbes magazine described as the Whole Foods of fashion. She has managed digital partnerships and social media for The New York Times, co-founded Foodspotting (acquired by OpenTable), and been featured on the cover of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” issue. Soraya was named an Inc. magazine “30 Under 30” and a Fortune magazine “40 Under 40.” She is a member of the World Economic Forum.
Jeremy Goldkorn – SupChina Editor in Chief and Sinica Podcast Co-Host
Jeremy is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. He lived in China from 1995 to 2015, where he founded and ran a number of print magazines and websites. He founded the groundbreaking website Danwei, which reported on and translated Chinese media and internet news and was acquired by the Financial Times in 2013.
Kaiser Kuo – Sinica Podcast Founder and Co-Host and SupChina Editor at Large
Kaiser is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. In his more than 20 years in China, he co-founded Tang Dynasty, China’s first heavy metal band, worked for many years as a tech journalist, and served as director of international communications for leading Chinese search engine Baidu.
Anthony Tao – Asia Managing Editor
Anthony has lived in Beijing since 2008, when he arrived to cover the lead-up to the Summer Olympics for ESPN The Magazine. He co-founded the news, society, and culture website Beijing Cream and coordinated two editions of the international China Bookworm Literary Festival. He manages SupChina’s contributors and activities in China, in addition to running the website.
Jamie Lund – Growth Marketer
Jamie is the founder of Polyphonic & Co., at which he applies over 10 years of experience in growth marketing working with Fast Company’s top innovative brands, including TED, SupChina, Everlane, Zady, LXMI, and Samasource. Webby Awards include: TED and Zady (honoree).
Claire Whitman – Marketing Consultant
Claire is the chief strategist and social media manager at Polyphonic & Co., and manages all social media accounts and online advertising at SupChina. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in architecture and environmental studies.
Michael Yamashita – Photographer
Michael has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. He has received numerous industry awards, including from Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association.
Lucas Niewenhuis – Associate Editor
Lucas has researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. At SupChina, he helps curate daily news and produce the company’s newsletter, app, and website content.
Jia Guo – Associate Editor
Jia comes from Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in northeast China. She received a B.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota in 2012 and an M.A. in multimedia journalism at NYU in 2013. As a multimedia journalist, she produces video content for SupChina and helps with all aspects of web production. She previously worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.
Jiayun Feng – Associate Editor
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for the Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interests in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
Simone McCarthy – Freelance Reporter
Simone McCarthy is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and a student of Chinese language and culture. She is based in Shanghai, and has written pieces for SupChina on women’s issues, innovation in technology, and lifestyle trends.
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