Yuan Yang, the witness to declining press freedom in China — Quartz
Yuan Yang is deputy Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times (FT), where she has covered technology for the past five years. She was born in China and grew up in the UK, where she read philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford, and later co-founded the nonprofit campaign Rethinking Economics, which advocates for a change in the way economics is taught and practiced globally. She is currently on book leave to write about China’s newfound anxieties over social mobility.
As a board member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC), Yang has witnessed the rise in harassment and expulsions of foreign journalists in China since the start of the pandemic and of the US-China trade war.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Quartz: How did you end up in journalism?
Yang: I went into journalism largely by accident. I grew up in [the…