Muyi Xiao is currently the Visuals Editor at ChinaFile, an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, dedicated to broaden its readers’ understanding of China and to spark new conversation about China’s place in the world. Muyi is devoted to working with non-English speaking Chinese visual journalists to make their voices heard and their stories seen despite the language differences.
Muyi is also one of the founders of Chinese Storytellers, a database and community of bilingual non-fiction content creators who grew up in the Greater China region.
Prior to joining ChinaFile in New York, Muyi worked in China from 2012 as a photo editor for Reuters then as a multimedia reporter for Tencent News. She has covered feature stories including China’s railway project in Africa, fake girlfriend renting, child marriages and a banned religious group called ‘Almighty God’. Her bylines appear on The New York Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, BBC, Netflix show “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” and more.
In 2015, Muyi was awarded the Magnum Foundation/NYU Photography and Human Rights Fellowship. Later, she was admitted into the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program with the Director’s Scholarship. In 2017, Muyi was featured as one of the “Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow” by TIME. Muyi was the executive producer of ‘Down from the Mountains’, which was awarded the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Long Form First Prize in 2018. The same year, she was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass. Muyi served as a jury member for Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 25 and the 2019 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.
Outside her job at ChinaFile, Muyi and her husband are currently designing and developing a gamified news app.
Awards & Honors
Executive producer of ‘Down from the Mountains’, World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Long Form First Prize, 2018
Joop Swart Masterclass, nominated, 2018
PDN30, nominated, 2017
ICP/Magnum Foundation Scholarship, 2016
ICP Director’s Fellowship, 2016
Magnum Foundation Human Rights Production Lab, 2016
The 4th New York Times Portfolio Review, 2016
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) International Print Exhibition, shortlisted, 2015
Magnum Foundation/NYU Photography and Human Rights Fellowship, 2015
Jury & Panels
World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, jury member, Amsterdam, 2019
Open Society Foundation ‘Moving Walls 25‘, member of Selection Committee, New York, 2018
Women Photograph & The photo Brigade Panel: ‘Developing Personal Projects’, panelist, New York, 2017
ChinaFile Panel ‘Reporting Inside The Great Firewall: Photographers On Covering China’, panelist, New York, 2015
Exhibitions & Events
Talk 2 Muslims (video), Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2016
Teenage Marriage (slideshow), Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2016
Talk 2 Muslims (video and website), “What Works” Exhibition, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (multimedia), “Women In Photography” Exhibition, Objectifs Art Center, Singapore, 2016
Celebrity Leaderboard (multimedia installation), curator, “Public, Private, Secret” Exhibition, The Museum of International Center of Photography, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (video installation), “Another Kind of Paradise” Exhibition, The School of International Center of Photography, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (multimedia), Open Show NYC, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City, 2016
Teenage Marriage (print), Dali International Photography Festival, Dali, Yunnan, China, 2015
Magnum Foundation Donors Salon, East Hampton, New York, 2015
When You Are Old (light box), Beijing Subway, Beijing, 2015