PHOTO CREDIT: Kong Tin Jun

PHOTO CREDIT: Kong Tin Jun

Jinghua Qian

Jinghua is a Shanghainese writer, poet and provocateur living in the Kulin nations.

Whether on the page, stage, or airwaves, Jinghua interrogates the power of unbelonging: as a shapeshifter in a binary-gendered world, as an immigrant in a settler-colonial state, as the long answer to a short question.

Eir words have appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Popula, Peril, Cordite, Autostraddle, and Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Jinghua has written about labour movement history for Right Now, performed dirges of diasporic grief in a seafarers’ church for Going Down Swinging, and discussed the racial politics of cosmetic surgery on Radio National. Ey founded people of colour performance night POC THE MIC (2010-2012), presented 3CR Community Radio’s Queering the Air (2012-2015), and co-founded Myriad, a collective supporting trans and gender-diverse talent since 2015.

In Shanghai, as a reporter and later Head of News at English-language media outlet Sixth Tone from 2016 to 2018, Jinghua shaped the publication’s coverage of contemporary China. Eir work as a writer and editor was recognised by the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Currently, Jinghua is an editor with Djed Press and a Deputy Chair of the Board for Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine Peril.

Practice: literature, spoken word, performing arts
Website: jinghuaqian.com
Facebook: @lia.incognita.word
Email: qianjinghua212 @ gmail.com