Cecily Liu

Country representing

New Zealand

Languages

Chinese
English

Education

  • University College London
  • BA English Literature

Current organisation

China Daily

Current role

Journalist

Skills and Expertise

Climate change
Education
Finance
Journalism
Teaching and training

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Leadership
Media
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

My current journalism work helps me to foster cross-cultural understanding and social integration through the fair and objective dissemination of information, ranging from politics and business to education and social issues. In addition to my paid job, volunteering is a big part of my life. During my university years, I volunteered for Dimsum, a London-based Chinese community website that helped the UK’s Chinese migrant community to gain a voice within mainstream society. As a volunteer journalist at Dimsum, I wrote about various diaspora issues, including the regulation of Chinese herbal medicine in the West and migrant children’s search for identity. (Dimsum closed in 2012, but the site was archived for preservation by the British Library.) I currently volunteer for Music of Life Foundation, a London-based charity that offers music lessons to disabled and special needs children, and in the process, helps them to become confident members of society. Over the past three years, I have organised a team of 15 runners to participate in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, fundraising for the charity. Last year, our team collectively raised £8,844.72. I have also volunteered as a student ambassador for my university UCL’s Widening Participation Program, which engages high school students from less privileged families in Saturday interactive classroom activities. I also volunteered as a homework club assistant at the Paddington Children’s Library, helping children who were non-native English speakers to integrate academically and socially at school. Finally, my passion for environmental protection led me to undertake an ecological project in Australia’s Blue Mountains in 2009, where I worked as part of a team to plant trees, make animal cages and educate local farmers about sustainability.