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Joanna Chiu is a senior correspondent who has covered China for more than a decade. She is an editor at Rest of World, where she helms the publication’s coverage of China, and was the Toronto Star’s British Columbia bureau chief. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and Newsweek. Chiu is a frequent contributor to CBC, BBC World, Al Jazeera, and NPR and has worked as a foreign correspondent for top news agencies including Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, and the Associated Press. In 2012, she won a Human Rights Press Award for her story on refugees in Hong Kong. Her book, China Unbound, won the 2022 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Chiu lives in British Columbia.


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner Joanna Chiu on China Unbound

Award History

2022 Winner

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for China Unbound: A New World Disorder

Jury Citation

“The rise of China is the geopolitical story of the twentieth-first century, and Joanna Chiu has expertly charted the country’s efforts to extend its power around the globe. From meeting displaced Uyghurs in Istanbul and China-curious entrepreneurs in Sicily, to witnessing street protests in Hong Kong and Xi Jinping’s wooing of Vladimir Putin in Beijing, Chiu does on-the-ground reporting and adds brisk, smart analysis of China’s creeping influence in Canada and around the world. The result: China Unbound is a sweeping portrait of a rising superpower that is essential reading for any follower of Canadian politics.”

— 2022 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Charelle Evelyn, Jacques Poitras, and Lisa Raitt)