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Christina Xu | Photo by Tricia Wang Christina Xu | Photo by Tricia Wang

Christina Xu is an independent ethnographic researcher, writer, and chaos wrangler based in New York who helps people understand each other better through ethnographic research, writing, and cultural translation. Current and ongoing projects include producing Multi Entry (a collection of essays and media that investigate the experiences of young creative people in China), teaching Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts' Interaction Design MFA program along with Gary Chou since 2014, advising Orbital (a supportive space for independent creators), the Data & Society Research Institute (a think/do tank focused on social/cultural/ethical issues around data), and the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (chocolate!).

Past projects include co-coordinating Letters for Black Lives (a set of collaboratively written and translated resources for facilitating conversations around social justice created in July 2016), funding cool projects as part of Awesome Foundation NYC from 2010 to 2017, running Breadpig (a sidekick service for independent creators), handling all aspects of operations and helping to produce $2 million worth of crowdfunding campaigns, serving as the Chancellor for the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies, project managing the redesign of the Awesome Foundation website and organizing the first Awesome Summits, and co-founding and running ROFLCon (a biannual internet culture conference/convention that ran from 2008-2012).

This artist's work has led to press coverage and profiles from publications such as Time Magazine, The Washington PostCCTV AmericaBBC Worldwide, WBUR’s On Point with Tom AshbrookPaper Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine.

Find more information at christinaxu.org.

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