Kiki Tianqi Zhao is a freelance writer based in China and the U.S. From 2012 to 2017, she was a journalist based in the Beijing bureaus of The Financial Times and then The New York Times. She holds an M.A. from Yale University Council of East Asian Studies, and a B.A. from the Communication University of China. She is currently affiliated with the Fairbank Center For Chinese Studies as an Associate in Research.

Last Updated: August 27, 2019



‘Our Daily Media Consumption Is Completely Different’

Muyi Xiao, Yan Cong & more
In the 18 years I lived at home, we never had a single conversation about current affairs or politics. I had a very minimal understanding of my country and was in no place to initiate discussion, and my parents were never enthusiastic enough to...



How Will Coronavirus Impact China in the Long Term?

Arthur R. Kroeber, Lindsey Ford & more
As numbers of new infections begin to diminish, the People’s Republic of China is beginning to claim victory in its battle with the coronavirus. But with over 700 million people—10 percent of the world’s population—now living under lockdown, the...



China’s Government Wants You to Think All Mainlanders View Hong Kong the Same Way. They Don’t.

Kiki Tianqi Zhao
Mainland Chinese flood the Internet with messages calling protesters in Hong Kong “useless youth.” They send obscene messages and death threats to supporters of the Hong Kong demonstrations. But reports on episodes like this, while important, are...