Hello, this is Ginger River Review (GRR), a newsletter that offers a glimpse into the priorities of both the leadership and the general public in China and views you do not normally see from mainstream English-language media. Subscribers of the newsletter include, but not limited to, investors, government officials, diplomats, scholars, journalists and analysts.

By subscribing to this newsletter, you can expect to receive top news about China, reviews of the top 10 searches on China’s social media platforms including WeChat, Douyin, and Weibo, and the freshest interpretations of China's political, economic, and cultural policies.

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My name is Jiang Jiang 姜江, the founder of this newsletter. My name's two Chinese characters, “姜” and “江,” which have the same sound but different meanings, literally translate to "ginger" and "river," but they have nothing to do with the ginger my mother used in her cooking, nor the Yangtze River which runs through my hometown of Nanjing. My family chose the name simply because it is easy to remember and pleasing to the ear.

My motivation for briefing trends on Chinese social media and Chinese policies for English readers is similar to my motivation for breaking down my name to you -- to cross the language barrier and help readers learn what concerns Chinese people the most and the background of Chinese policies that may have a huge impact on the country and the rest of the world. 

I earned my MBA degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and I have been working as a journalist in China since 2019. I use my time after work to make this newsletter and I am devoted to providing you with quality content. Analysis contained in this newsletter reflects the personal views of Ginger River, not those of Xinhua.

Errors in the articles could happen. Feel free to let me know if you spot any. Any feedback is welcome. My email address is jjiang.sisu@hotmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter.

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Founder of GRR. China reporter, Podcaster, YouTuber @chinaday2day. UVA Darden MBA. Previously in Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, Charlottesville, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. Views not representing Xinhua News Agency.
He/him. Major in Interpreting at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Contributor to Pekingnology, Ginger River Review and The East is Read. From S to N (Fujian, Hubei, Beijing), and beyond.
A member of GRR/ a senior at Beijing Foreign Studies University, majoring in translation and interpreting.
A member of GRR, previous intern at Xinhua News Agency, speaks Chinese, English and Italian.
Someone from the so-called "broken Gen Z"
Co-founder of Ginger River Review. No ties to Xinhua.
Undergraduate student majoring in translation and interpreting at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Previous intern at Center for China & Globalization.