It was a lingering curiosity about China that led Massey journalism student Julia Hollingsworth to put her hand up for an internship at the Shanghai Daily. That decision in 2012 was to change her life.
“My great grandmother was born (in China), and my parents travelled there in 1989. I was aware that China’s global influence was growing, so it also seemed like a good place to learn more about,” she says.
“It might sound a bit cheesy, but that six-week internship ended up completely changing the direction of my career. I became fascinated with modern China, particularly the speed with which the country was changing.”