About us

ThinkChina is an English language e-magazine with a China focus and powered by Singapore Press Holdings‘ flagship Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao*. We publish original reporting, opinion pieces and columns across a wide spectrum of topics, covering political, economic, socio-cultural and technological developments in China and the Greater China region.

 

Our extensive network of Chinese-language journalists and writers are mainly from Singapore, China and other parts of Asia. We seek to bring their nuanced and insightful perspectives to the English-speaking world through thoughtful curation and meticulous translation. This myriad of voices is projected from the unique vantage point of multi-ethnic Singapore - a proverbial little red dot in Southeast Asia.

 

*Lianhe Zaobao is a Chinese language Daily published by the Singapore Press Holdings. It is one of the few foreign-owned Chinese language media accessible online in China. It has a monthly unique visitorship of 5 million, and a monthly pageview count of 100 million in China.

Our team

Chen Hwai Liang
Supervising Editor

Hwai Liang studied political science, Chinese philosophy and literature at the National University of Singapore. He has more than 10 years of experience as a reporter and editor in the print and broadcast media. He counts politics, international relations and China as among his interests. In between these posts in journalism, he had worked as a press officer and communications specialist in the Singapore Civil Service.

 

Chow Yian Ping
Editor

Yian Ping was a senior correspondent at Lianhe Zaobao where she wrote big reads and features. She has worked as a journalist, a museum curator and a TV producer. She has lived in Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Wellington and Singapore where she is now based. Yian Ping volunteers for the community-initiated Oral History Project (oralhistoryproject.sg) and interviews pioneers from the Singapore culture scene. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, essays and poems in Chinese. 

Candice Chan
Executive Translator/Content Producer

Candice was previously a publishing editor and civil servant. She loves words and languages, which prompted her to learn French in NUS and study translation in NTU. She also enjoys books, music, movies, and photographs, all of which tell stories in their own way. 

Grace Chong
Translator/Content Producer

Grace pursued her Master's degree in English linguistics right after she completed her Bachelor's degree in Chinese linguistics. She is intrigued by how linguistic theories can be applied across different languages, and if they can't, they'll make good research papers. When she's not translating, she can be found singing, eating, and shopping. 

Our Chinese name (思想中国)

ThinkChina’s Chinese logo is a traditional seal carving with a modern twist. While most seals are carved on stones, our logo is carved on a ceramic sculpture created by Singaporean artist Oh Chai Hoo.

The carved logo is a fusion of three different scripts: Han dynasty brick engraving (砖文), Song typeface (宋体), and simplified Chinese characters.

Chai Hoo gave much thought to the design. “思想” (think)  has its Chinese character “思” slightly tilted, cleverly mimicking a person’s tilted head while thinking. “想” is made up of three parts, the part “目” (eye) is carved horizontally to resemble an eye; the idea is for one to stand beside a tree (木), to see with our eyes (目) and to ponder with our heart (心). A more structured look is adopted for “中国” (China). The word “中” (middle) has retained this balanced form for more than 3500 years, while “国” (country) rendered in simplified Chinese character, gives a stable and firm base to the design.

There is a “pixelated” border framing the words “思想中国” (ThinkChina), but “思想” (think) ventures beyond the borders, encouraging us to think outside the box. Lastly, the ceramic sculpture mimics a contemporary building, strongly rooted while looking forward and upward, an embodiment of the artist’s hopes for ThinkChina.

About the artist

Mr Oh Chai Hoo

 

Mr Oh Chai Hoo graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a specialisation in Western painting. When he was in Secondary One, his art teacher encouraged him to take up art classes at a community club. At 14, he started painting by the Singapore River, where experienced artists would look over his shoulder at his paintings and give him impromptu masterclasses. He believes that everyone is born with a mission, and his is to be an artist. His art philosophy is to discover emotions and memories (even painful ones), and to translate these into his creations. He has never forgotten why he got started on art, and will continue to keep at it.