Jinghua Qian has been performing spoken word since 2007 and producing radio since 2012.
Performances include Melbourne Writers Festival, Big West Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, La Mama Poetica, Keep Left, West Word, Footscray Community Arts Centre (One Night Stanza), Overload Festival and Going Down Swinging.
Jinghua’s poems have also broadcast or performed on 3CR 855am, RRR 102.7 FM and JOY 94.9 FM.
Here is a little taste.
Queering the Air
From 2012 to 2015, Jinghua was a producer and presenter on Queering the Air, an hour-long Sunday afternoon talk show on 3CR Community Radio. Some of Jinghua’s guests included intersex activist Morgan Carpenter talking about the campaign for bodily autonomy and Chinese feminist Wei Tingting, who spoke to Jinghua shortly after her high-profile detention without trial.
In 2015, ey co-ordinated the We Weren’t Born Yesterday project, a four-part multilingual radio series exploring queer heritage in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hindi speaking communities in Australia. The project was a finalist in the 2015 CBAA National Community Radio Awards.
Sixth Tone Podcast
In 2018, Jinghua co-hosted the Sixth Tone podcast. Each of the eight episodes took listeners behind the scenes of journalism from China today, with reporters sharing their insight and experiences from the field.
Jinghua has spoken at dozens of events at schools, universities and festivals on topics such as intersectional feminism, border violence, social change, and what difference narrative makes to justice.
At Digital Writers’ Festival 2018, Jinghua joined media educator Carol Que and Feminist Voices’ founding editor 吕频 Lü Pin to discuss resistance online and the digital tactics used by the Chinese #MeToo movement in the face of restrictions and censorship.
In 2015, Jinghua produced Inter Views, a street-side talk show as part of Big West Festival. Ey asked artists, thinkers and activists from the Western suburbs to share their insights into place, land, community, gentrification, housing and belonging.
From the unseen history of here to our fears of what might disappear in the future, we invite you to look beneath, between and within where we are.
These recordings were made on the land of the Kulin nations with recognition of their continuing culture and sovereignty.