Jinghua Qian is a Shanghainese writer living in the Kulin nations, fluent in prose, verse, and sharpening complexities without simplifying them.


Jinghua is something else.

Whether on the page, stage, or airwaves, Jinghua interrogates the power of unbelonging: as a shapeshifter in a binary-gendered world, as an immigrant in a settler-colonial state, as the long answer to a short question.

Jinghua has written about labour movement history for Right Now, performed dirges of diasporic grief in a seafarers’ church for Going Down Swinging, and discussed the racial politics of cosmetic surgery on Radio National. Ey founded people of colour performance night POC THE MIC (2010-2012), and was a presenter and producer on 3CR Community Radio’s Queering the Air from 2012 to 2015.

Eir words have appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Peril, Cordite, Autostraddle, and Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

In Shanghai, as a reporter and later Head of News at English-language media outlet Sixth Tone from 2016 to 2018, Jinghua shaped the publication’s coverage of contemporary China, striving to create balanced, diverse, and authentic portrayals of a nation in flux. Jinghua’s story on domestic violence received an Honorable Mention from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues in 2017.

Photo by Corey Green at 3CR Community Radio.


Jinghua’s work spans verse, prose, performance and broadcast contexts in Australia and China.


Jinghua is available for bookings, commissions and freelance opportunities in any flavour or genre. Email or use the contact form here.