Lydia M. Chen is an independent writer and producer with a strong background in Chinese studies and art. Growing up in the United States, she first visited China in 1981 and has been following China’s growth and transitions since then. She holds an M.J./M.A. in journalism and Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her documentary filmmaking training. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied studio arts.
She lived in Beijing, China in the late 1980s and again in 1997-2003, working at the American Chamber of Commerce when China entered the WTO. Upon returning to the United States, she supported the study of China in higher education through her roles as associate director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University, 2003-2008, and executive director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, 2008-2014.
Lydia Chen is based in Newton, Massachusetts, travels to Beijing and Shanghai, and loves to visit the San Francisco Bay Area.