Bio

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.

Working across verse, prose, performance and broadcast, eir work has appeared in ABC, SBS, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, Peril, The Monthly, Cordite, Autostraddle, Them, HuffPost, The Saturday Paper, and Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

A person in a beanie and glasses reading behind a microphone.
Photo: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea.

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 co-founded Myriad, a collective supporting trans and gender-diverse talent since 2015.

As a reporter and later Head of News at English-language media outlet Sixth Tone from 2016 to 2018, Jinghua shaped the publication’s influential coverage of contemporary China. After returning to Australia, Jinghua was a staff writer and editor at ArtsHub before turning to freelancing full-time.

Jinghua’s work has been recognised by the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards with an Honourable Mention in 2017 as a writer and in 2018 as an editor. In 2020, ey was the inaugural fellow for Liminal magazine and Hyphenated Projects’s writing residency and shortlisted for The Australia Institute’s 2020 writing residency.

Jinghua has produced audio stories and podcasts including Underfoot, four multimedia tours uncovering Footscray’s underground history, and We Weren’t Born Yesterday, a multilingual series exploring Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Arab LGBTIQ communities in Australia. Ey was also a broadcaster with 3CR Community Radio’s Queering the Air from 2012-2015.

In 2020, Jinghua is vice-chair of Peril, a magazine for Asian-Australian writing, arts and culture, and sits on the arts ambassador committee for Maribyrnong City Council.