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An author, promoter, publicist and more devoted to bridging cultural distances primarily between China and the West. A dual citizen, of the US and Canada, a ten-year resident of Beijing and current Toronto resident, I have promoted and produced cross-cultural events, primarily musical, to a range of audiences, and worked for and with major cultural/national institutions promoting the arts.
1995-1998: Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), Mt Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (Mt. Allison’s first Asian Studies graduate)
1997: Summer language study at Xiamen University, Fujian, China
2000: Master’s of Arts in International Studies (China Studies), Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
2000-2001: Canada-China Scholar Exchange Scholarship for Mandarin study, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China
April, 2013-September, 2013: Publicist, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Ontario
Responsible for publicity of TIFF’s Century of Chinese Cinema film series (June-August, 2013); and, for the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, publicist for the Asian Film Summit—an industry gathering uniting East and West—and the bulk of the Festival’s Asian films. Provided support with writing releases, advisories, speeches for senior staff as well as guest relations, translations and logistics.
August, 2011-October 2012: Publicist, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Responsible for attracting media attention to the wide variety of arts programming at one of Toronto’s most important cultural organizations.
September 2003-present: Publicist, promoter, booking agent, manager, YGTwo Productions, Beijing, China, and Toronto, Ontario
PR and consulting for Luminato Festival, Cultura Festival, international release of Cui Jian (“the Godfather of Chinese rock”) digital catalogue, Canada Chinese Cultural Development Agency and Red Rock. Organiser of China tours for international performers; Manager, Go West, Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry project sending performers to venues across China; Co-founder and -producer, Time Arts Jazz Series; Foreign Affairs Director, Midi Music Festival and Zhangbei Grasslands Music Festival; overseas tours for China-based bands and related logistics/promotion/publicity.
July 2003-present: Writer, Beijing, China and Toronto, Ontario
Author of Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll (2011, Earnshaw Books). Contributor to Unsavory Elements and Other True Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China (2013, Earnshaw Books) and travel books (Insider’s Guide to Beijing, 2005-2009 and Insight Pocket Guide to Beijing, 2005); contributor to Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, South China Morning Post, CBC Music, Jerusalem Post, Paste, NOW, Wire, PopMatters.com and more. jonathanWcampbell.com
Editorial work in Beijing, China
December 2003-May 2004, Sub-Editor, South China Morning Post: Editing and writing articles and columns in the newspaper’s Beijing bureau;
May 2002-June 2003, Associate Editor, that’s Beijing (now the Beijinger): All tasks relating to publication of the English monthly, from conceptualization through production; initiated and organized the Mid-Month Music Fest, a monthly concert series;
February 2001-July 2001 Editor, Jianwen: All tasks relating to publication of the now-defunct bilingual (English/Chinese) events magazine, from conceptualisation through production.
January 2002-May 2002 Research Assistant, Canadian Embassy, Beijing, China
Responsibilities included compiling backgrounders for diplomats, daily summaries of major local headlines and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ press conferences, and research projects.
- Speaker at universities, literary festivals, etc around the world
- Speaker/guest at international music conferences/festivals
- Worked with and for a number of music festivals in China and abroad
- Written for a range of international media outlets
- Mac/Microsoft Office software
- Radio experience – host, program director and board member, CHMA (Sackville, New Brunswick); host and music reviewer, KCMU (now KEXP), Seattle, WA
- Arts, Cultural Exchange, editing, events, International Touring, Jazz, Music, Music Festivals, Performing Arts, Promotion, Publicity, writing
- English, French, Mandarin