My name is Shirley Wang. I'm a radio journalist and writer from Iowa City, Iowa.
As a child of Chinese immigrants, I love to write about immigrant communities and complicated interpersonal dynamics. I find miscommunication between people fascinating. I produce in-depth and emotional pieces with standout characters around issues of everyday life. Hopefully, reading my writing makes people feel less alone.
I’ve published pieces with 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, The Washington Post, the New York Times, NBC, Popula and Chinese-language newspaper The World Journal. I attended Tufts University and received a BA in Anthropology in 2018. Most recently, I was a fellow of The Thousand Miles Project TV lab led by Soo Hugh.
In December of 2018, I went viral. My radio story “My Dad’s Friendship with Charles Barkley” for NPR’s Only A Game garnered millions of views around the world and trended at #2 on twitter. I was on the Today Show, Buzzfeed’s AM2DM show and the story was mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel. It was named as part of the top '13 moments in Asian America that moved us in 2018' by NBC and was shared by celebrities Roxane Gay, Seth Meyers, Celeste Ng, Eddie Huang, Gabrielle Union, Chamath Palihapitiya and Soledad O'Brien. It was also mentioned in Sunday Long Read Best of 2018, The New York Times Newsletter and Politico's Playbook. I won a Public Media Journalists Association Award for ‘Soft Feature’ in 2019 and was noted in Best American Sports Writing. I wrote a follow-up to this story for Father's Day. If you liked this story, you can read this one about the Chinese Church in Iowa City, where my dad used to host New Years parties — or this one about Vedant Gupta, an 13-year-old aspiring sports media influencer whose dad is also greatly entertaining.
I’m currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Email me at email@example.com
Here are some topics I'm currently interested in:
-Diaspora, building communities and new "homes"
-Ethical travel writing
-Healthcare and hope
-Housing, Section 8 experiences
-Spirituality and religion
-Books and their authors, creative journeys
-Regular celebrations and events: Weekly gatherings, rituals, associations, forums
*If English is not your first language and you’re nervous about being quoted, no problem! I will never misquote you and we can work together to make sure your words represent your perspective.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org even if you only have an inkling of an idea for collaboration!
Thanks for your time and energy put into this.