About Vivienne Chow



Vivienne Chow is an award-winning journalist and critic specialising in arts, culture and cultural politics. She currently works as an independent writer and contributes to many international media outlets including BBCVariety, Quartz, Artsy, as well as the South China Morning Post. She is the recipient of the IJP Premium Fellowship Award 2018 by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme in Germany, the first Hong Kong-based journalist to receive the award. She is set to return to Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 2018 to embark on a series of journalistic research projects revolving around the topic of cultural politics. 

She also teaches at tertiary institutions. She has taught arts and culture journalism at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, media studies at Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), art criticism at HKU Space and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. 

In 2014 Vivienne founded Cultural Journalism Campus, a non-profit educational initiative to promote cultural journalism and art criticism. The initiative was awarded a Merit in Arts Education by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2015 and was nominated for the Best Soft Power Cultural Activation Award at the 2017 Leading Culture Destinations Awards in London, the only entry from Asia in this award category.  

Vivienne has written extensively about arts, culture and cultural politics over the past two decades. She was named one of the world's best young journalists while representing HK at the inaugural Berlinale Talent Press in 2004 at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2015, Vivienne was awarded the prestigious IJP Fellowship for mid-career journalism training and cultural policy research in Berlin, Germany.

Previously Vivienne spent a total of 15 years at the SCMP covering arts, culture and cultural politics, such as the 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central) from a unique cultural perspective and the two-decade-long development of West Kowloon Cultural District. 

Vivienne holds a degree in journalism from CUHK and a master's degree in cultural studies from HKU researching cultural policy. Her MA dissertation Chinese elitism and neoliberalism: post-colonial Hong Kong cultural policy development: a case study is logged in the HKU libraries. She recently contributed an essay on Hong Kong's cultural industries to Creativity and Culture in Contemporary Greater China by Bridge21 Publications. She also writes a column for The Interpreter published by the Lowy Institute, an international diplomacy think tank in Australia. 


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