Yining Zhou is a journalist, researcher and media artist, always passionate to explore the intersection between new technologies, expanded storytelling, intercultural communication and identity expression. She received her B.A. in Journalism at Renmin University of China. As a journalist, she has written a number of feature stories for Beijing city newspapers and magazines. She also has experience at publishing houses and film festivals as a creative producer on marketing teams. After moving to Europe, she received training in cultural studies, screenwriting and childrens’ literature in Madrid and London. After that, she switched her interest towards digital storytelling and youth civic engagement. For her MSc thesis at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she studied how diasporic Chinese youths adopt online communication tools to engage in the environmental issues in their homeland, through which these young diasporas confirm, construct and express the diverse layers of their identities. Now, she is studying in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, completing her dual-degree master’s program in Global Communication. As an aspiring storyteller, Yining is committed to creating compelling stories about cultural integration and synthesis. She is also an enthusiast for animation.