Shen Lu is a journalist and former ChinaFile Fellow based in the United States. She is a founding member of Chinese Storytellers. Topics she covers include the Chinese diaspora, the human side of the U.S.-China relations story, technology, and culture. Her writing has appeared in ChinaFile, The Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, and The South China Morning Post, among other publications. Shen Lu is a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award and the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing Best in Business Award.

Last Updated: June 4, 2020

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/...



Pretty Lady Cadres

Shen Lu
In early February, at the beginning of the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus in China, Wang Fang, a local Communist Party secretary, was working around the clock. As an official responsible for 19,000 residents of a neighborhood in the city of...



Scallion Dutch Baby

Shen Lu
The dishes I make myself flavor my moods, and season my experience of the news. As my birth country and my host country cast blame on one another, I eat four-cheese pizza with a side dish of blanched cauliflower seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, and...



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...