Karoline Kan

Writer & Journalist

Karoline Kan was born in Tianjin in 1989 and studied at Beijing International Studies University. After graduating she worked for three years at That’s Beijing, writing long-form features in English about Chinese people’s lives in a society shaped by a changing culture, economy and politics. She then worked at Radio France International, focusing more on hard news, which helped her develop a better understanding of China from different angles. From summer 2016 to the end of 2018, she worked for The New York Times in Beijing and is now an editor at China Dialogue.

Karoline has also contributed to various other publications including Foreign PolicyRoads and Kingdoms, The World Policy and The Anthill, writing from her perspective about Chinese politics, history, ethnic policies and other social issues.

Karoline’s debut work of non-fiction, Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss and Hope in China will be published in spring 2019 by Hachette (USA) and by Hurst (UK), and in Portuguese by Bertrand.


China Unwrapped

St. Patrick's Church

In June 1989, a Chinese man, carrying his shopping, stood in front of a column of People’s Liberation Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, defiant. Tank Man became the symbol of resistance and his action was the culmination of weeks of clashes between the government and pro-democracy protestors. Then the soldiers moved in and within hours […]


Inside the mind of Chinese Millennials

Secret Garden

The most important group in the world will, very soon, be the 300 million Chinese millennials. How do they think? How do they view the West and what future do they imagine for China, imminently the world’s biggest economy? If you want to understand young people in China today, this is for you. Karoline Kan’s […]