Welcome! I’m Eveline Chao, a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. My writing has appeared on the BBC, RollingStone.com, Fast Company, the Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, the New York Times Chinese-language site, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. My radio pieces appear on the BBC’s “Business Daily” program. I’ve written about working with a Chinese censor, NYC’s roast duck bureaucracy, and China’s parallel Internet. Oh, and one time I interviewed Sting. From 2014-2015, I was an Open City Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. In my free time, I collect oral histories from Manhattan Chinatown.
I previously lived in Beijing for five years, where I managed an English-language business magazine and wrote a filthy book about Chinese slang called NIUBI! – The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School (Plume 2009). For several years, NIUBI! had the dubious honor of being one of the most pirated books in China.
In yet an earlier life, I worked in the editorial department at Bulfinch Press, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company.
I also spend way too much time online. If you’d like to join me, you can:
- Follow me on Twitter @EvelineChao
- Follow the NIUBI! Facebook page
- Follow me on Instagram @eleveline
- Follow me on Goodreads
I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (or as Jay-Z calls it, Groove City!) and hold a degree in English from Princeton University.