Mei Fong is an author and journalist, whose work covering Hong Kong and China earned her a shared Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Her stories on China’s migrant workers also won a 2006 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Correspondents Club, as well as awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia and Society of Professional Journalists. Her book, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016, covered the global implications of China’s one-child policy — which, along with her expertise in China’s culture and geopolitical standing, she will discuss as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series. One Child has won a non-fiction award in the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Fong has also produced a podcast, “The Heist,” documenting power in Trump’s America, which has been shortlisted for the 2021 Ambie awards. Her writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and The Atlantic. She is on Foreign Policy's list of Top 50 U.S.-China Influencers. The Malaysian-born Fong has also taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School and was a fellow at think tank New America Foundation. She is currently chief communications officer for Human Rights Watch. She is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
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