Hu Shuli

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hu.
Hu Shuli at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China 2012

Hu Shuli (胡舒立; born 1953) is the editor-in-chief of Caixin Media and Caixin Century Weekly. She is also the Dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University.[1]

Founder of the Chinese business and finance magazine, Caijing, Hu Shuli was the editor-in-chief for 11 years.[2] As of 2014, she is listed as the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Hu Shuli was born in Beijing, from a lineage of notable journalists: her grandfather, Hu Zhongchi, was a famous translator and editor at Shen Bao and his older brother Hu Yuzhi (1896–1986), "an early proponent of language reform, the use of Esperanto, and realism in literature," was involved in editing and publishing.[4] Her mother, Hu Lingsheng, was a senior editor at Workers' Daily. Her father, Cao Qifeng, had a midlevel post in a trade union.

Hu Shuli attended Beijing's prestigious 101 Middle School. The Cultural Revolution brought criticism to her family (her mother was placed under house arrest). She became a Red Guard and traveled around the country, trying to educate herself as best she could.[5] After two years she joined the People's Liberation Army, and when college classes resumed in 1978, she won entrance to the People's University of China, from which she graduated in journalism in 1982. Before Caijing, she was working as assistant editor, reporter and international editor at the Worker's Daily, China's second largest newspaper. She joined China Business Times in 1992 as international editor and became chief reporter in 1995.

She is author of several books, including New Financial Time, Reform Bears No Romance and The Scenes Behind American Newspapers. She has had the distinction of being ranked among BusinessWeek's "The Stars of Asia: 50 Leaders at the forefront of change." [6] In 2006, Hu was called one of the most powerful commentators in China by the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal cited her among the "Ten Women to Watch" in Asia.

She was Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 1994.[7] She was awarded the 2003 International Editor of the Year by the World Press Review,[8] and the 2007 Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.[9] She was awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism by Missouri School of Journalism in 2012.She was named among "Women in the mix 2013" the year's top 50 for achievement and influence in business by Forbes.

The US magazine Foreign Policy named her as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008,[10] alongside such names as Noam Chomsky, Umberto Eco, and Salman Rushdie.

In November 2009, Hu Shuli resigned from Caijing along with 90 percent of Caijing's journalists,[11] barely a few weeks after the resignation of Daphne Wu Chuanhui and nearly 70 employees from the business department.[12] Observing the situation, Diane Vacca at Women's Voices for Change quoted Chinese blogger Hecaitou: "She’s got blood on her blade, and her clothing smells of gunpowder.”[13]

The first issue of Century Weekly under the aegis of Caixin Media was published on January 4, 2010.


As of 2014, she is listed as the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes,[3] and in August 2014, Hu received a Ramon Magsaysay Award.[14]


  1. ^ Barboza, David (31 December 2009). "Pioneering Editor Takes Over New Magazine in China". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  2. ^ Osnos, Evan (20 July 2008). "THE FORBIDDEN ZONE: How far can a provocative editor go?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Kirk A. Denton, Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945 (Stanford University Press, 1996: ISBN 0-8047-2559-4), p. 500.
  5. ^ Osnos, Evan (20 July 2009). "The Forbidden Zone". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  6. ^ Clifford, Mark L. (2 July 2001). "The Stars of Asia". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  7. ^ "China's Changing Media Landscape". China's Media Landscape. 
  8. ^ (Press release). 2003 Retrieved 2010-01-14.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (Press release). Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Retrieved 2010-01-14.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "The Top 100 Public Intellectuals--the Final Rankings". Foreign Policy. June 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  11. ^ Ansfield, Jonathan (9 November 2009). "Editor Departs China Magazine After High-Profile Tussle". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  12. ^ Hu Yinan (14 October 2009). "Caijing Magazine rocked by resignations". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  13. ^ Vacca, Diane (15 December 2009). "Journalist Flouts Beijing, Part 2: "She’s got blood on her blade and her clothing smells of gunpowder"". Women's Voices for Change. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  14. ^ Andrade, Jeannette. "Journalist is China’s ‘most dangerous woman’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

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