Vanessa Ningzi Piao
Vanessa is a candidate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Master in Public Policy program. Prior to HKS, she was a news researcher and writer for The New York Times’s Beijing bureau for two years. Vanessa has written on China’s human rights abuse, discrimination and economic disenfranchisement against ethnic minorities in the country, grassroots activism, especially that related to women’s rights and LGBT rights in China, and traumas of Mao-era political campaigns. Before joining the bureau, she worked as an assistant news editor for the Times’s Chinese online edition for a year.
Vanessa was born into an ethnic Korean family in Beijing and grew up in the city. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University, where she majored in International Journalism and minored in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Associated Press Television News’s Beijing and Hong Kong bureaus and the Beijing bureau of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper. She also studied at the University of Westminster in London for a semester as an exchange student.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys the companionship of her two Chows.