Jianying Zha

Born in Beijing, educated in the West, journalist and author Jianying Zha brings unique insight into the rapid changes and movement in Chinese culture, politics, and economics.


  • Zha offers an insider’s view of China’s history, culture and transformation while weaving in the current US-China political tension/mutual misunderstanding – along with fun visuals and stories that will especially engage today’s American college/high school students (while remaining relevant to general audiences)
  •  Her books include China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture — and Tide Players, a collection of interviews with Chinese intellectuals and entrepreneurs who have prospered during the years of huge economic growth.


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Perceptive. . . What China Pop so brilliantly chronicles is the commercialization of China's cultural world…

- Christian Science Monitor

An enlightening and illuminating talk about China from an insider's perspective... and so, the giant has awakened whether we like it or not.

- Big Ideas