Audrey Jiajia Li

Audrey Jiajia Li

Audrey Jiajia Li is a freelance columnist and independent filmmaker from Guangzhou, China.

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Opinion | Born in a pandemic: a lesson in love, patience and perseverance for a new mother

Having gone through the trauma of an earlier unsuccessful pregnancy, the bittersweet journey to motherhood is a reminder that, even today, the conversation about losing a child remains taboo. It is by sharing our personal experiences, the losses and the triumphs, that we heal and grow.

Having gone through the trauma of an earlier unsuccessful pregnancy, the bittersweet journey to motherhood is a reminder that, even today, the conversation about losing a child remains taboo. It is by sharing our personal experiences, the losses and the triumphs, that we heal and grow.

1 May 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Atlanta shootings: stopping Asian hate requires getting to root of West’s Sinophobia

This current wave of anti-Asian hatred stems from Sinophobic sentiment which has long existed but increased sharply in recent years. Extra efforts need to be taken to prevent and combat the racist by-product of anti-Asian sentiments arising from international confrontation.

This current wave of anti-Asian hatred stems from Sinophobic sentiment which has long existed but increased sharply in recent years. Extra efforts need to be taken to prevent and combat the racist by-product of anti-Asian sentiments arising from international confrontation.

10 Apr 2021 - 11:00AM
Opinion | How China’s coronavirus health care workers exposed the taboo on menstruation

Women make up more than half the doctors and nurses battling the epidemic in Hubei, yet have been forced to forgo sanitary supplies as they were not deemed ‘critical’. Thankfully, after an online outcry, this is changing.

Women make up more than half the doctors and nurses battling the epidemic in Hubei, yet have been forced to forgo sanitary supplies as they were not deemed ‘critical’. Thankfully, after an online outcry, this is changing.

28 Feb 2020 - 10:41AM
Opinion | Coronavirus crisis: How the death of Li Wenliang, a doctor and ordinary citizen, sparked Chinese demands for freedom of speech

A reluctant hero, the doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the coronavirus has, in death, become a lightning rod for public unhappiness with the government’s tight control of information.

A reluctant hero, the doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the coronavirus has, in death, become a lightning rod for public unhappiness with the government’s tight control of information.

14 Feb 2020 - 4:39PM
Opinion | With polarising perspectives on the NBA and Hong Kong protests, both China and the US should show more maturity

An international incident over a tweet may come down to different perspectives between the US and China. While the dark side of the Hong Kong protests has been overlooked in the US, the Chinese public is becoming dangerously nationalistic.

An international incident over a tweet may come down to different perspectives between the US and China. While the dark side of the Hong Kong protests has been overlooked in the US, the Chinese public is becoming dangerously nationalistic.

26 Oct 2019 - 5:10AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s hatred of mainlanders feeds the xenophobic undercurrents of its protests

Resentment of Beijing has spilled over towards mainlanders, Mandarin speakers and mainland-linked businesses. Shops are trashed, people are attacked and xenophobic slurs are becoming common. Hong Kong is succumbing to a wave of hate crime.

Resentment of Beijing has spilled over towards mainlanders, Mandarin speakers and mainland-linked businesses. Shops are trashed, people are attacked and xenophobic slurs are becoming common. Hong Kong is succumbing to a wave of hate crime.

12 Oct 2019 - 5:12AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong protesters are turning off their mainland Chinese supporters

With Tiananmen in recent memory, even the most liberal-minded mainland Chinese find violence hard to accept. As protests in Hong Kong become more disruptive and radical, and xenophobic slurs more prominent, support among former sympathisers is waning.

With Tiananmen in recent memory, even the most liberal-minded mainland Chinese find violence hard to accept. As protests in Hong Kong become more disruptive and radical, and xenophobic slurs more prominent, support among former sympathisers is waning.

29 Aug 2019 - 10:59AM
Opinion | Hong Kong protesters must not become the monsters they are fighting and lose moral legitimacy

Recent scenes of young Hongkongers ganging up on others who don’t share their views recall the excesses of the Mao era. Behaving so, protesters risk losing the moral authority they have so far accumulated.

Recent scenes of young Hongkongers ganging up on others who don’t share their views recall the excesses of the Mao era. Behaving so, protesters risk losing the moral authority they have so far accumulated.

1 Aug 2019 - 9:01AM
Opinion | With divergent values, it’s increasingly difficult for Hongkongers and mainlanders to understand each other

As Hongkongers take to the streets to fight for their freedoms, young people on the mainland embrace nationalism, having seen only China’s impressive growth. With a lack of shared history due to the Great Firewall, it’s no wonder that mistrust is on the rise.

As Hongkongers take to the streets to fight for their freedoms, young people on the mainland embrace nationalism, having seen only China’s impressive growth. With a lack of shared history due to the Great Firewall, it’s no wonder that mistrust is on the rise.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:07AM
Opinion | Stanford admissions scandal is a cautionary tale for crazy rich Chinese on the perils of playing up ‘hard work’

The backlash against Zhao Yusi, whose narrative of reaping the rewards of her own efforts earned scorn after it was revealed that her family had paid a large sum to Stanford University, is a reminder to the wealthy to be honest about their advantages.

The backlash against Zhao Yusi, whose narrative of reaping the rewards of her own efforts earned scorn after it was revealed that her family had paid a large sum to Stanford University, is a reminder to the wealthy to be honest about their advantages.

9 May 2019 - 5:22AM
Opinion | Who’s making China look ugly now? Anger over Zara’s ad showing freckle-faced model Li Jingwen only puts Chinese people’s lack of confidence on show

The overreaction on social media to an advert featuring a freckle-faced Chinese model points to the sad reality that despite the country’s wealth and power on the global stage, many people still aren’t open-minded or confident enough to see beauty in truth.

The overreaction on social media to an advert featuring a freckle-faced Chinese model points to the sad reality that despite the country’s wealth and power on the global stage, many people still aren’t open-minded or confident enough to see beauty in truth.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:51AM
Opinion | China’s blockbuster The Wandering Earth has a message: collective action tops individual freedom in times of crisis

Unlike in hit US films, Chinese cinema’s latest sci-fi movie lacks individual heroes, and the focus on group effort to resolve crises reflects the country’s response to a century of hardship.

Unlike in hit US films, Chinese cinema’s latest sci-fi movie lacks individual heroes, and the focus on group effort to resolve crises reflects the country’s response to a century of hardship.

16 Feb 2019 - 4:52AM
Opinion | This Lunar New Year, let’s have fewer questions about our private lives and more discussion of society’s ills

Lunar New Year gatherings can be a harrowing time for single women and those without children, who are grilled on their lifestyle choices. More difficult questions about events in the public domain, however, are always avoided.

Lunar New Year gatherings can be a harrowing time for single women and those without children, who are grilled on their lifestyle choices. More difficult questions about events in the public domain, however, are always avoided.

2 Feb 2019 - 3:42PM
Opinion | Francis Fukuyama: China-US relations will get worse before they get better – and not just because of Trump

The author of The End of History speaks of how his views have changed amid China’s rise on the global stage, and how hostility towards China among US businesspeople has become the driving force behind deteriorating relations.

The author of The End of History speaks of how his views have changed amid China’s rise on the global stage, and how hostility towards China among US businesspeople has become the driving force behind deteriorating relations.

30 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM
What makes a good journalist in China? Someone willing to go on the attack in defence of Communist Party propaganda, it seems

Under orders from Xi Jinping and party bosses, Chinese journalists have been increasingly weaponised to not only spread the party line but attack opposing views.

Under orders from Xi Jinping and party bosses, Chinese journalists have been increasingly weaponised to not only spread the party line but attack opposing views.

11 Oct 2018 - 3:03PM
Opinion | ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ the poster child of diversity? It’s only skin-deep

For all its charm, the movie reinforces the stereotypes that Asians are materialistic and Asian Americans are a ‘model minority’. Meanwhile, Singapore comes across as mono-cultural, rather than the multicultural country it is.

For all its charm, the movie reinforces the stereotypes that Asians are materialistic and Asian Americans are a ‘model minority’. Meanwhile, Singapore comes across as mono-cultural, rather than the multicultural country it is.

13 Sep 2018 - 12:38PM
Opinion | From Singapore to the US, overseas Chinese are increasingly fearful of criticising Beijing. Is this what China wants?

With the resources at its disposal, China could build a friendlier and more magnanimous image on the global stage, rather than coerce its people and others to always toe the official line.

With the resources at its disposal, China could build a friendlier and more magnanimous image on the global stage, rather than coerce its people and others to always toe the official line.

6 Jul 2018 - 2:48PM
Chinese social media storm over reporter’s eye-roll highlights impatience with staged political events

The social media frenzy surrounding a reporter’s sardonic facial expression at China’s ‘two sessions’ press conference sheds a light on people’s frustration.

The social media frenzy surrounding a reporter’s sardonic facial expression at China’s ‘two sessions’ press conference sheds a light on people’s frustration.

15 Mar 2018 - 12:10PM
Blackface skit on TV gala a sign that rising China needs to combat racial and ethnic stereotyping

China’s growing influence in the world comes with a responsibility to respect other races and ethnic minorities.

China’s growing influence in the world comes with a responsibility to respect other races and ethnic minorities.

21 Feb 2018 - 3:36PM
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Beijing’s cruel eviction of its migrant workers is a stain on China’s urbanisation drive

The rural masses who go to the cities in search of a better life do not deserve to be treated as disposable labour, particularly given their contribution to China’s development

The rural masses who go to the cities in search of a better life do not deserve to be treated as disposable labour, particularly given their contribution to China’s development

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