Qin Chen

Qin Chen

Multimedia producer, Inkstone

Qin is a multimedia producer at Inkstone. She was a senior video producer for The New Yorker.

Location
Beijing
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Shanghai dialect
Areas of Expertise
Chinese society and the cultural industry
How many Chinese soldiers died in the Korean War? 
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power 180,000 to 900,000: The wide-ranging estimation of the number of Chinese casualties during the Korean War.  Fought between 1950-1953, the Korean War is often forgotten in American discourse, overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War. But across the Pacific, several countries in Asia are honoring the 70th anniversary of the start of the first major conflict of the Cold War, and the only one in modern history where American and Chinese troops fought against one another. An estimated 36,574 American troops were killed, according to the Korean War Veterans Memoria
China Trends: remnants of a sacked palace, and athletics become part of entrance exams
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. A reminder of past humiliation Every Chinese schoolchild knows the story of the Old Summer Palace. The palace was built throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries and featured a beautiful staircase leading into the main entrance overlooking a lavish garden. Located on Beijing’s outskirts, it was the perfect retreat for Chinese emperors looking for a respite from the bustling capital. In 1860 it was burned to the ground and looted by French and British troops during the Second Opium War. It has become a source of nati
China’s top private businesses hurt by the trade war
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 36%: The share of private companies in China that said they were hurt by the US-China trade war. More than a third of top Chinese private companies reported feeling the burn from the US-China trade war, according to a survey released by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, a chamber of commerce in China. 152 of the 500 largest companies in China said the trade war had negatively affected their business while 246 said it had not. 102 companies did not answer that particular question. China has routinely downplayed the domestic effect of the trade war at
China Trends: City tests three million for Covid in two days, and a dating course at college
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Three million people tested for Covid-19 in two days Officials in the Chinese city of Qingdao tested three million residents, or about one-third of the city’s population, for Covid-19 after three people tested positive for the virus. The city, in the eastern province of Shandong, hoped to stop a new outbreak in its tracks. Officials discovered nine more positive cases after testing the three million people.  On Sunday, Qingdao municipal health committee reported three new asymptomatic coronavirus patients and linked the
How did China become the factory of the world?
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. When China started locking down cities and towns in early 2020 to combat the coronavirus pandemic, it created a ripple effect that forced companies around the world to halt their production of items ranging from car components, chemicals and smartphones to surgical masks and toys. The pandemic alerted people to the danger of relying solely on China to make their products, a phenomenon that earned China the nickname “the world’s factory.” But now the situation is changing right before our eyes. Rising wages and tougher environmental rules in China, plus pu
China is almost as unequal as the United States
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. Two-thirds: How much of the nation’s wealth was controlled by China’s richest 10% in 2015.  In around 40 years, China has risen to become the world’s leading emerging economy. But the country’s exponential economic gains have been poorly distributed at home, creating a wealth gap almost as big as that found in America.  When the former leader Deng Xiaoping opened China’s closed market to the world in the late 1970s, he famously embraced the idea that the Chinese Communist Party would “let some people get rich first.”  Decades later, while most Chinese people have se
Why China’s liberals like Trump
On the night of April 25, 2012, a bright yellow phone in Hillary Clinton’s home in northwest Washington rang. An urgent crisis was unfolding in the streets of Beijing, the former secretary of state learned on the secure call, and she had to act fast. In a move that risked angering China, she authorized an operation to pick up a Chinese dissident and shelter him in the US embassy. “Go get him,” Hillary recalled telling her staff in her 2014 memoir. The decision, she wrote, demonstrated America as a “beacon of freedom and opportunity.” Eight years later, on August 26, Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese rights activist whom the Obama administration eventually helped escape to America, spoke at the Re
‘A National Day gift’: Chinese internet ridicules Trump’s Covid-19 test result
Reports of Trump’s positive test result for Covid-19 have been met with ridicule and glee on Chinese social media, underscoring the enmity many in China hold against a US president who has made blaming China a central theme of his re-election campaign. Trump said on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came hours after Hope Hicks, the president’s close adviser, was reported to have tested positive after developing symptoms this week. The announcements have prompted a wave of ridicule and schadenfreude by internet users in China. “It’s fine, he can just get an injection of disinfectant,” says one of the most liked comments on the so
China Trends: Period drama cancelled, and a man drove over his ex-girlfriend
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. Period drama get canceled China delisted two of the most popular period dramas from streaming platforms on Monday, creating new concerns about media censorship in the country.  Story of Yanxi Palace and Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace were pulled from the streaming platform iQiyi and Tencent and the two companies did not provide any official reason or statement.  Both affected shows are set in the 18th century during the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912). They tell tales of love and struggles between Emperor Qianlong and his
Chinese factory workers are graying quickly
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 24.6%: The percentage of Chinese factory workers that are older than 50. China’s factory workers are aging quickly. In 2009, 12.2% of factory workers in China were aged 50 years or older. By 2019, that number had grown to 24.6%.  At the same time, the percentage of young people – aged between 21 to 30 – fell from 35.8% to 23.1%, according to data compiled by the 21st Century Business Herald, a Chinese newspaper. The numbers point to an economy that is shifting away from its manufacturing core and toward a service-based model.   Furthermore, the changing demographics