Lenora Chu is a journalist and author of the award-winning Little Soldiers, a narrative account of China’s education system. She is also Shanghai bureau chief of the nonprofit Christian Science Monitor. With 15 years’ experience in the United States and China, Lenora’s work illuminates the intersection of culture, education, and global competitiveness — a passion borne in part of growing up with Chinese parents in America.

Her first book, Little Soldiers, was published by HarperCollins in 2017. Centered around students’ stories — including that of her son in the Shanghai system — and bolstered by research and interviews, Little Soldiers explores issues of creativity, academic rigor, and whether other school systems should take a page from China’s education playbook. The “best education book of 2017,” wrote Harvard’s Education Next executive editor, and “so compelling I read it in three days flat,” wrote former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. “An unparalleled commitment to telling the story of the invisible and vulnerable [in China],” wrote Stanford academic Scott Rozelle.

Little Soldiers won ASJA’s top 2018 prize in nonfiction and the Nautilus Award, which recognizes works that catalyze social change. It was also shortlisted for Stanford’s Saroyan International Prize. Translations are forthcoming in Russian, Hungarian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional), among other languages.

Mrs. Chu has appeared on NPR, CBS, BBC, C-SPAN, and the CBC, and her articles and op-eds have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Cut, and Business Insider, among others. She has given speeches about Chinese education on four continents, and appeared at events including Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Chicago Ideas Week, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society, and Sidwell Friends.

Since relocating to Shanghai from Los Angeles a decade ago, Mrs. Chu has worked as a media consultant for Weber Shandwick and a television correspondent for Thomson Reuters. She has also worked as a cross-cultural consultant to nonprofits and organizations seeking to engage with China, most recently helping an American foundation explore “best practices” for public education by looking abroad. Mrs. Chu is the sitting president of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents’ Club, where membership ranks have increased 50 percent in the first half of her term. During her years of service as a board member, she has personally organized more than 100 China-related speaker events.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Houston, Mrs. Chu began her career in the United States as a daily political reporter. Before entering journalism, she worked in management consulting to Fortune 500 companies, assisting clients including Texaco, Pfizer, and Amgen. Mrs. Chu holds degrees in engineering and journalism from Stanford and Columbia universities. Her favorite pastimes are reading and watching movies, traveling with her family, and drinking good wine, preferably while exploring a new place.

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