Mei Fong at the 2016 Hay Festival
|Alma mater||National University of Singapore,
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Fāng Fèngměi|
|Yale Romanization||Fõng Fuhng-méih|
Mei Fong (born August 8, 1972), also known as Fong Foongmei (方鳳美), is a Malaysian-Chinese-American journalist who was staff reporter for the China bureau for The Wall Street Journal. In April 2007, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting as part of the bureau's "sharply edged reports on the adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution." She is "believed to be the first Malaysian ... to achieve this distinction."
Her story on China's migrant construction workers that won the Pulitzer Prize also garnered a 2006 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Correspondents Club.
Her book about China's one-child policy, One Child: The Past And Future Of China’s Most Radical Experiment, was published as a Kindle e-book on November 3, 2015 and was released as a hard cover book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 9780544275393) on February 1, 2016.
She grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and attended National University of Singapore for undergraduate studies. After working for The New Paper (Singapore), she went on to attend Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and received a Masters of International Affairs degree in 2001.
Fong joined The Wall Street Journal full-time in 2001, and in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, served in the unusual capacity of City Hall reporter covering the aftermath and recovery of New York City.
During the 2007 proposed sale of The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, she was a vocal opponent to the move. According to the Associated Press story on the purchase, she, along with six Journal colleagues, "wrote a letter to the board of Dow Jones & Co. saying they fear that under Murdoch's leadership writers would be pressured to soften their reporting on China."
In 2009, Fong took a sabbatical leave from The Wall Street Journal and officially left the paper in 2013.
In 2009, she joined the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as an adjunct professor of journalism, overseeing the international internship program for journalism students in Hong Kong.
In 2016, she released the book One Child for free in Simplified Chinese, citing her inability to find a willing Chinese or Hong Kong publisher.
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