Zhang Jieping is Executive Editor of iSun Affairs, a newly established online magazine based in Hong Kong. Previously, she reported on politics, urbanization, and the growth of civil society for Hong Kong's Yazhou Zhoukan (Asiaweek).

Zhang is interested in the ways that China is changing. She writes, “Two threads run through my work as journalist: one is the growth of Chinese civil society, including the awakening of ‘civil consciousness’ and the rise of new, Internet-based civil-campaigns. The other is China’s urbanization: the changes wrought by the rush of 1.3 billion people into cities will reverberate far beyond China.”

Between 2007 and 2010, she received awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, and Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. In 2010, SOPA named her Journalist of the Year. In 2011, she received the CKS Award for Aspiring Young Communicators.

Zhang was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

Earthbound China


From Protester to Village Head

Zhang Jieping
In September 2011, residents of the village of Wukan in Guangdong province began protesting the illegal seizure and sale of their land by local Party cadres. The protestors demanded fair compensation for the land that had been taken, but officials...