Shen Lu is a New York-based journalist and a ChinaFile Research Fellow. Her writing has appeared in ChinaFile, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, and The South China Morning Post, among other publications. Originally from Hangzhou, China, Shen Lu holds a B.A. in Journalism and Art from The University of Iowa and a M.S. in Business Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 2018, she received a Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing Best in Business Award for a story about female truck drivers. Her 2014 investigative piece on the University of Iowa’s institutional failure of integrating Chinese students into campus life won a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award.

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

Visually Understanding the Data on Foreign NGO Representative Offices and Temporary Activities

Jessica Batke & Shen Lu
The China NGO Project has created the following visualizations based on data available on the Ministry of Public Security website, as well as on our own research. To analyze foreign NGO representative offices, we looked at organizations’ countries/...



Thwarted at Home, Can China’s Feminists Rebuild a Movement Abroad?

Shen Lu & Mengwen Cao
A small number of China’s feminist movement’s influential thinkers and organizers have relocated overseas, in search of an environment more hospitable to their activism. Today, though their numbers are relatively small, they have succeeded in...



I Thought Studying Journalism outside of China Would Open Doors. Now I’m Not So Sure.

Shen Lu
Six years ago as I was about to begin my undergraduate career at The University of Iowa majoring in journalism, a fellow Chinese student who’d switched her major from communications studies to business ruthlessly doubted my choice. “How on earth...