Residency: March 26 – June 17, 2006
Shuli Hu was the very first Pacific Leadership Fellow. During her three-month residence, she collaborated with GPS faculty on issues concerning Chinese media and met with students and members of the community. She was a featured presenter at “Changing Media, Changing China,” a conference exploring how the commercialization of the media and the emergence of the Internet are affecting economic, social and political life in China. In addition, she presented a lecture on Asia Politics and attended several small meetings with business leaders. She also met with leading journalists at the San Diego Union Tribune and toured the facility.
Her career in journalism was actually not one that she chose herself. She was assigned to study journalism when the Chinese Literature Department of Beijing University admitted her after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Upon graduation, she was assigned to the “Worker's Daily” and sent to Xiamen, one of China's Special Economic Zones (SEZ), to found the newspaper's first local bureau. In 1987, she was awarded a World Press Institute fellowship for early career journalists to study in the United States. In the early 1990s, she was transferred to “China Industry & Business Times” and headed its international desk. As the 1990s progressed, Hu became more intent on creating a news medium that would be both informative and powerful in China.