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Chris "Lonely Planet" TaylorChris Taylor, author of the Lonely Planet guides to China, Tibet, Japan and Cambodia in the 1990s, and the first features editor at the Taipei Times, looks back on this era in his debut novel, Harvest Season, a racy, chemical-fueled parable of party travelers who push things too far in tourism’s latest frontier - China. When he falls for the newcomer's fire-dancing Chinese girlfriend, he becomes entangled in a conflict that pits the drug-addled Westerners against increasingly hostile locals. A dark exploration of the disrupting effects of change, globalization and travel, Harvest Season also provides a glimpse of a China most of us never imagined existed.
Paul FrenchShanghai-based Paul French is a partner in the China and UK based research publisher Access Asia. Paul writes a regular column on Asian issues for Ethical Corporation. Paul has written and/or contributed to dozens of books about China, including Carl Crow A Tough Old China Hand, One Billion Shoppers, Fat China, Oil on Water and Shanghai History in Photographs. As a China specialist he has been quoted in a wide variety of publications.
Kaiser KuoKaiser Kuo is a Chinese American freelance writer and rock musician living in Beijing. He is a former member of the rock band Tang Dynasty and has further enlivened contemporary Chinese music culture with the formation of another ethnically-oriented heavy metal rock group, Spring and Autumn. Kaiser's musical involvement also involved playing bass for Dirty Deeds. Kaiser currently works as director for international communications for Chinese search engine Baidu. He was previously a technology correspondent for Red Herring magazine, and also worked as director of digital strategy, China, for Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing. He writes a column "Ich bin ein Beijinger" for the English-language magazine the beijinger. In 2010, Kaiser started the Sinica show, a current affairs podcast based in Beijing that invites prominent China journalists and China-watchers to participate in uncensored discussions about Chinese political and economic affairs.
Jeremy GoldkornJeremy Goldkorn founded the popular China media website Danwei.org, and acts as editor and publisher. The site has tracked the changes in China’s media and Internet on a daily basis since 2003 and also produces video interviews with people in culture and the media in China. Goldkorn produced the documentary film African Boots of Beijing. His writing has appeared in many Chinese and foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life, and Cosmopolitan‘s China edition, covering a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, freedom of expression, the habits of young Chinese Internet users, Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall and Chinese consumer culture.
- 13Travel photographer Tom Carter journeyed for 2 years and 56,000 kilometers across the 33 provinces of China, the first foreigner in the history of China to have ever done so. During his travels, Tom racked up an impressive number of arrests and near-fatalities that have since become the stuff of expat legend, turning him into a popular headliner at speaking events and literary festivals. His book, CHINA: Portrait of a People, has been hailed as the most comprehensive photography book on modern China ever published by a single author.
- 14Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her novel Repeat After Me, about a young American ESL teacher, a troubled Chinese radical, and their unexpected New York romance, won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year award. Her third book, the novel Big Girl Small, is forthcoming from FSG in 2011.
- 15Edwin Maher is a New Zealand-born TV journalist who now works for CCTV International in Beijing, China. In 2003, China Central Television sought to expand its CCTV International to be more professional and accessible to Western audiences. CCTV senior executive Jiang Heping approached Maher, already working in China with CCTV as a voice coach, to become one of the first western anchors for the revamped network. In January 2010, it was announced that Mayer's life story would be adapted into a feature film, starring David Duchovny.
Robert "Weird China" Kong HaiRobert Kong Hai is an American who has amassed the largest twitter (Weird China) following of anyone in China. Robert is active as a coordinator and financial sponsor of TEDx and other educational events in the Middle Kingdom. He puts his MBA to good use as a trainer in Qingdao where his blonde-haired, blue-eyed, Chinese speaking offspring draw crowds like rockstars. His tweets are a veritable Twikipedia of statistics on China. While he doesn’t play in many China expat social sandboxes, that makes him controversial by Old Hand standards, he is listened to by thousands and the most mentioned and re-tweeted on the network. With 266,000 followers he might just be a factor in public opinion about China.