Massoud Hayoun and The Vancouver Observer launch first all-original Chinese news stream in city
The Vancouver Observer's World Affairs Editor dives deeply into stories about China that are relevant to a Vancouver audience.
The Vancouver Observer is proud to announce the launch of SinoFile, the first and only all-original daily Chinese news coverage in Vancouver, British Columbia's English-language media. SinoFile takes a deep dive into the conversations and issues taking place in China that pack the biggest punch on Vancouver and Canada.
Observing China through the lens of its social media, Hayoun reads between the lines of censorship on sites such as Sino Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He searches for meaning in politics and culture through listening in on the conversations of China's netizens.
Hayoun, 25, has also assumed the position of World Affairs Editor for The Vancouver Observer, one of Vancouver's most popular news sites, founded in 2007 by Editor-in-Chief Linda Solomon. Hayoun brings a distinguished career to the Vancouver Observer. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School's Masters in Journalism program, Hayoun has written for TIME, The Atlantic, CNN, Newsweek and South China Morning Post. He's fluent in Mandarin, French, English and he speaks some Arabic.
China's a second home for Hayoun. He spent three years studying and reporting in the country. While based in Beijing and Hong Kong, he grasped more about China as a whole by traveling to regions such as the northern plains of Inner-Mongolia and the bustling southern city of Xiamen.
He also explored international trade hubs like Shanghai and remote Urumqi, and the dusty capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region where Muslim minorities clash with government. "When I was living China, first as a student, then as a journalist, I learned to love it on a very personal level," Hayoun recounted.
"At first I hated it. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in Beijing, pushing and shoving their way through the subway system. Overwhelmed by the thick smog."
"Then I started making friends with Chinese people. A harshly competitive society like China's brings out the very best and the very worst in people. People take strong actions and many have stronger life philosophies, because they need to in order to survive and be successful in a hyper-capitalist, ostensibly socialist environment."