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Jinxia Niu ("Narnia" for her English-speaking friends) is a Chinese journalist
based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. She was raised in an unusually large
family by Chinese standards, thanks to parents who were not too zealous about
the one-child policy and preferred to pay the penalty than lose Narnia and her
twin brother (third and fourth children).
Her low grades in high school were due to the fact that she always preferred
to read novels and poetry instead of studying English and the other subjects,
a fact that now she regrets but that her friends are proud of.
She graduated in 2011 from Nanjing Normal University
with a master in journalism.
Her first job was as a researcher and editor at a famous TV station, JSBC.
She is routinely called "a Buddhist nun" because of her passionate interest
in all things Buddhist. In fact, she moved to Hangzhou specifically to be
near a famous Buddhist temple, the Lingyin temple. She has memorized several
Chinese classics, written in ancient Chinese that most Chinese people
can't even read. She is now one of the main writers for the
She has published special reports on "The rise of Wechat" and on Alibaba's founder Jack Ma. In 2015 a number of her articles on big data were included in the book "Big Data Combat" that she edited.
She has interviewed
scores of influential business people, writers and politicians. In late 2015
she began a project with Silicon Valley author Piero Scaruffi that consists in
a series of interviews about the future of technology and society. The
interviews are being published in her magazine and will be collected in a book,
tentatively titled "Humankind 2.0".
In 2016 she was awarded the top prize for journalism in the Zhejiang province
of China (population 54 million people).
She hates the punctuation of the English
language, and, generally, all the redundant features of written English that
make it difficult to learn it. Obviously, she should have paid more attention
to her English teacher when she was in high school.