Foreign Correspondence

Sue-Lin Wong - The Economist - China

September 26, 2021

The journalist’s holy trinity: the right time, the right place, the right beat. You’re lucky if you find it once in your career. Sue-Lin Wong (@suelinwong) tells how she thinks she hit it in the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Now working as a China correspondent for The Economist based in Hong Kong, she also has the unusual distinction of having been based in Shenzhen for years.

Countries featured: China, North Korea, Australia

Publications featured: Reuters, Financial Times, Economist

Sue-Lin discusses taking a gap year to teach English at a sketchy school in China (6:04), taking three years off from university to live in China and the US (10:11), joining Reuters with Jake as a trainee (21:20), becoming a Reuters correspondent in Shenzhen in southern China and quickly joining the FT (34:55), covering the Hong Kong protests (41:38), joining The Economist (46:50), a story that got away about an alleged rape (54:37), following a Chinese student protest and the dystopian crackdown on it (1:00:09), and finally the lightning round (1:14:30).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Sue-Lin's FT Magazine story on the HK protests - https://on.ft.com/3zQCPNL

Her stories on Chinese student protestors -

https://reut.rs/3CJXm8u

https://reut.rs/3zzyFtm

https://reut.rs/3kDwKzy

Her series of stories on the North Korean border - https://reut.rs/3kEqx6q

端傳媒Initium Media - https://bit.ly/2XW82lz

The Ezra Klein show - https://apple.co/3i72Kuf

故事fm (storyfm) - https://bit.ly/3CKYRmU

Megan Twohey on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3lVRUIO

Jodi Kantor on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3zF1Mvl

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell wiki - https://bit.ly/3i4TYx8

 

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