Hello. I am Cecily Huang, a bilingual writer, researcher and producer from Beijing. Currently, I am doing my master degree in University of Technology, Sydney since July, 2014. My program will last for one year and half. Before I moved to Sydney, I was working for The Guardian, Beijing office as the researcher and news assistant for three years, coving environmental, political and social news in China. Meanwhile, I was also freelancing, working on different projects.
I like writing, dancing, travelling, photography and playing tennis. I have been traveled most of Asian countries including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and U.K, and U.S.A. I am fanscinated at history, different cultures. I like to take challenges and enjoy learning new skills.
In April 2013, I flew to the disaster area a few hours later when the earthquake hit Sichuan province to assist the correspondents getting the intensive report on April 20. I persuaded the former Red Guard to accept our interview about his guilt over the mother he sent to her death during the Cultural Revolution and simultaneously interpreted the entire interview. Meanwhile, I worked as the producer the video.
I previously worked for Jonathan Watts, the Guardian’s Asia Environment Correspondent. We were the first foreign media group to arrive in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, reporting on the May 2011 protest by ethnic Mongolians. Even after the policeman blocked the area, I managed to get in to interview the student protesters, and the accident witness.
In the feature story about the heavy-handed enforcement of China’s family planning policy, I convinced the local officials at first time to talk to the foreign media on this sensitive subject. I dug out some unknown information to clarify the outsider’s misunderstanding on this policy. I proposed to report on this subject through a new environmental angel by both positive and negative side that made our report distinguished from the other media.
All the stories I have contributed to credit me and are available to read on the Guardian website: http://www.guardian.co.uk
I majored in journalism in Renmin University. After graduation, I was an editor at an English-language monthly magazine, the Beijinger and that’s Beijing for four years. My field of expertise is Arts & Culture. As freelance, I am contributing writer for Global Times, Beijing Today and Artinfo.
Working at Wu Promotion has helped me expand my knowledge of performing arts, with a focus on classical music and ballet. I have helped the projects including the recent operas, The Ring of Nibelung and Don Giovanni by Cologne Opera House in Shanghai and Beijing.
I like arts, but i also enjoy being a journalist. I have worked under New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos as his assistant, and with photographer Adam Dean on assignments for Newsweek and the New York Times as a project coordinator. I have also worked with PBS on a story about Chinese family planning, and assisted RTL TV station with a story focused on coal mining and real estate development.
My last project concerned research in the Chinese energy industry. During last November and December, I worked on the project, entitled “Choke Point”, with Circle of Blue, an American research, science, and analysis organization with a focus on fresh water supply and demand around the world. I was research assistant, project coordinator, and translator for Circle of Blue in China, helping to arrange interviews and access to industrial installations across the country.
In April to May, 2011, I was co-producer for a series of dynamic online films by Atomized TV in U.K for OMO. The program is called Today I AM, which record three Chinese kids experience one day life of the artist, the choreographer and the architect.
I like watching drama in the theater. Somehow i realize the biggest stage is the world, i would like to report the news on this ‘big stage’. From art and culture to environmental issues. I enjoy what i am doing now. Although i don’t know where the future will lead me, i hope i can enjoy my work and keep my passion for life!
Thank you for reading and i hope i will have a chance to meet you. I am delighted to introduce Chinese culture to you.
I am available to take assignment as translator, news assistant, researcher or local producer in China. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.