Lavinia Liang writes on subjects including (but not limited to): migration, education policy, land usage, race & representation, gender equality, and Chinese culture & society. She also writes fiction.

Her work has appeared in TIMEThe Atlantic, Roads & Kingdoms, The South China Morning Post, PAPER Magazine, and elsewhere.

She is a graduate of Princeton University.


Selected Writing



CityLab (The Atlantic) | June 24, 2019

The school struggles each year to find enough qualified teachers, and the difficulty of living in Beijing without a hukou means that just like many migrants, the teachers may have to leave the city and return to their home provinces.


Roads & Kingdoms | March 27, 2019

In Beijing, a public park—hidden in plain view near the Forbidden City—is a prominent hub for seniors seeking new life partners. I met and talked with three of the park’s seekers.

Illustrations by Pin Chen.


SupChina | June 13, 2019

It’s unclear when these two public parks became hotspots for the elderly and middle-aged in Beijing seeking their “second spring.”


SupChina | March 29, 2019

The variety of memes mentioning boba addictions are endless. And then there are the ones that really hit home.

Illustration by Anna Vignet.


Goldthread (South China Morning Post) | March 13, 2019

An exclusive Facebook group for lovelorn Asians around the world has become the population’s answer to Tinder.


TIME Special Edition (print) | October 13, 2017

A complete history, in thumbnails. For TIME Thurgood Marshall: The Visionary.


FORTUNE | August 4, 2017

Zuckerberg’s shirts are not just any plain gray t-shirts. But a 26-year-old Austrian fashion entrepreneur is looking to change that.

nonfic-starwars.jpg | July 14, 2017

Disney Parks has been busy constructing two Star Wars-inspired lands for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.




PAPER Mag | June 11, 2019

If airport facial recognition technology makes us nervous, or if AI-assisted porn makes us question our standards of consent, why don't our mobile social media apps, which we open and close so easily?


I Was a Horse Girl, But I Never Saw Myself Reflected in the Books I Read and Loved

Bustle | May 2, 2019

Books were the only things that made them real to me, a Chinese American kid growing up in suburban Portland. Horses belonged to a different kind of people.


Nassau Weekly | October 2, 2016

We were back mostly because of Yeye—because Yeye was forgetting things and faces. Every morning our two uncles took the old man on a walk by the artificial river which runs across the entrance of my grandparents’ hutong.

Photo: Thomas Struth, Market with Stupa, 1996.




Bustle | June 5, 2019

I’m excited for movies that will move beyond sacrificial Asian parents to incorporate and revolve around real Asian people.


SupChina | February 8, 2019

With European instrumentals, Chinese lyrics, and content that’s geographically Russian in nature, the song could have ended up hodgepodge, but with Li’s simple, earthy and uncontrived tenor, the result is haunting.


Words Without Borders | August 29, 2016

Ten short works of fiction (all under 150 pages) by authors from all over the world to round out your summer reading.