China Seminar | 14 March 2019

When Bohemia Meets Hawaii – wandering in a multicultural world


DING Yi, a Parvin Fellow and a Chinese journalist from Xinhua News Agency, conducts a study of cultural differences between the Bohemian culture in the Czech Republic and the Aloha spirit in Hawaii through the lens of her personal experiences. Based on her unique perspectives as a journalist in Prague and as a visiting scholar in Honolulu, she will present a colorful world from a Chinese angle, and showcase some anecdotes ranging from writing-table to dining-table, and from a Xinhua reporter’s life in Europe to the life of a Chinese visiting scholar with media background who now studies in the United States.

DING Yi worked in the Prague branch of Xinhua News Agency from 2006 to 2008. After writing a personal column (2013-2014), and political commentaries (2010-2014), she now specializes in social and cultural stories. In 2016, she participated in a Xinhua research team to Africa, which brought her to Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire. The highlights of her journalist work include the 13th Five-Year Plan in China; Sino-U.S., Sino-European and Sino-African relationships and cultural exchanges; the largest wave of Chinese overseas returnees, and the cultural spread of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) abroad.