Jeremy Goldkorn is the founder and director of Danwei, a research firm that tracks Chinese media, markets, politics and business. The company started in 2003 as a blog that the The London Review of Books said gave “a range of sources, news and opinions on China that no mainstream news organisation can match.” Danwei began offering research services to companies and financial institutions in 2006. The Financial Times acquired Danwei in 2013, after which Goldkorn also took charge of the custom research services of FT Confidential China, Latin America, and ASEAN services.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he has spent chunks of time living in Cape Town, London, Paris, New York, and Mountain View. China, mostly Beijing, was his home from 1995 to 2015. During this time he lived in a workers dormitory, rode a bicycle across Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet, started several businesses, and wrote for publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Cosmopolitan magazine’s China edition (时尚杂志). He researches, writes and speaks about a range of subjects including media and Internet regulation, business in China, freedom of expression, the habits of Chinese Internet users, Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall and Chinese consumer culture.
As an affiliate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University, Goldkorn is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook and website. He is founding co-host of the Sinica podcast, and a regular speaker at English and Chinese language conferences and events. Goldkorn manages the website and marketing activities of Great Wall Fresh as a social enterprise (please click through if you want to to hike along a spectacular section of wild Great Wall near Beijing).
Goldkorn moved with his wife Wu Fei and their children to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015.
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