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A veteran reporter and columnist, former correspondent for the New York Times from Beijing, Didi is currently a Senior Fellow at the Asia Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has a deep insight into Chinese issues which she deals with. She focuses on topics such as politics, democracy and human rights, gender and feminism, education and psychology.
Didi graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in Chinese and Politics. Her journalism career began in 1994 at the Hong Kong Standard. The Eastern Express and The Associated Press followed. She has won many prizes for her reporting on the politics, culture, and political culture of China, gender and women’s and children’s rights, among other areas, as well as years of regular, breaking news and features coverage.
In 1998, she moved to Germany with The AP, before moving to Die Welt to help set up an English-language section, moving to Deutsche Welle for TV and radio experience, before returning to China in 2003 with the South China Morning Post, her hometown newspaper. She joined the New York Times in Beijing in 2010. While at the New York Times, Didi was the regular columnist for “Letter from China” and “The Female Factor,” the latter for the International Herald Tribune, before it was fully merged with the New York Times. In 2017 she relocated to Europe with her family, taking up an 8-month fellowship at the Mercator Institute for China Studies. Subsequently, until the autumn of 2019, she worked as an independent journalist, launching an investigative series called “China-in-Germany” that traces the influencing activities of the CCP in Germany and Europe in state-level politics, as well as civil society, education, media and technology. Most recently, at the DGAP, she has published on Germany’s 5G decisions, China’s stance on Iran following the killing of Suleimani, and the Taiwan election of January 2020.
She is fluent in German and Chinese, in addition to English. Her Cantonese and French need refreshing. She lives in Berlin with her husband and children, and a quirky bulldog from Tongzhou county east of Beijing, called Hercules, or 小同志, “Little Comrade.”