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.
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, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, BBC, and more.
In 2015, Muyi was selected as a Magnum Foundation/NYU Photography and Human Rights fellow, which brought her to New York for the first time to engage in an intensive six-week study. Later, she was admitted into the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program where she explored more creative and innovative forms of storytelling. During her time in the U.S., she has experimented with video installations for a story about Alzheimer’s and built an interactive website for a project about a Muslim couple from Massachusetts. 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. In 2019, Muyi served as a jury member at 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