Ying Chan

Professor, Hong Kong University

Ying Chan is an editorial and media consultant, China expert, educator and journalist, and e-learning advocate. She is the founding director and professor (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Under her leadership, the JMSC became the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation. Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and a number of Chinese language dailies. Chan’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media, Information & Entertainment . She has edited six books on China's media as the founder and co-director (2004-2016) of the China Media Project. Chan is consulting editor of GIJN Chinese edition and Honorary Professor of the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative at HKU.

Ying is speaking at

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Jade B (3rd Floor)



With nearly $2 trillion in overseas investment and construction projects, China has emerged as the economic superpower many have predicted. Huge investments in Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative, as well as in Africa, Latin America and worldwide, showcase the financial reach of the world's second largest economy. But China's companies can be difficult to track, from basic corporate governance to financial flows, audits, and compliance with international norms. In this panel, experts on Chinese business records join veteran reporters who have followed the trails of Chinese companies from Sri Lanka to Kenya.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Coral (3rd Floor)



The #MeToo movement has had important impact in Asia generally and on Asian media in particular. Ying Chan, founder of Hong Kong University's Journalism & Media Studies Centre, will report on how Chinese freelancers and citizen journalists are forcing universities to take charges of harassment and abuse seriously. And Shiori Ito will talk about how her reporting on sexual violence in Japan has put #MeToo on the map in that country. Law professor Doreen Weisenhaus will provide an American perspective on the dramatic impact the movement has had on US culture and the media.

Crime & Corruption
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Coral (3rd Floor)


  • Ying Chan (Moderator) Professor, Hong Kong University
  • Paul Radu (Speakers) Executive Director, OCCRP
  • Alia Allana (Speakers) Reporter, Fountain Ink
  • Bryan Christy (Speakers) Independent investigative journalist and author


Transnational organized crime today generates $2 trillion in annual revenue, about the size of the UK economy, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Franchised, flexible and globalized, organized criminal networks comprise a shadow economy that levies its own taxes and enforces its own laws. Come hear three experts on tracking the ties of criminal syndicates in Asia to the global economy.

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