Thursday, March 29, 2018

My move from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

I realize I haven't blogged since last December and I do feel a bit of blogrust writing this. I don't have many excuses, except that I left my job as Deputy Director at China Labour Bulletin in Hong Kong in January and moved out of my Hong Kong flat and over the border to Guangzhou where I now reside. In addition to moving and settling down in a new and fascinating city, I've been very busy finishing up some consulting jobs, writing and producing content about the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society in China, and how NGOs can counter the closing of civic space in China and the Asia-Pacific.

Now that I've gotten my excuses out of the way, I plan to blog and write more regularly about my recent projects, the civil society landscape after the 19th Party Congress and recent National People's Congress, and much more, in the days and months ahead.

Because blogging and writing are about as profitable as singing on the street, and I always need a good excuse to get out of the house, I'll also continue to do consulting for organizations working in China and other parts of the Asia-Pacific. Below are my areas of expertise:
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  • Analysis of political and policy trends in China, particularly in the area of philanthropy, civil society, labor and law

  • External evaluations of programs, and writing grant proposals and project reports
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  • Providing guidance for NGOs on complying with the Overseas NGO Law in China and registering in Hong Kong
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  • Developing innovative civil society fundraising, programming and management proposals and strategies in challenging operating environments, with a focus on China and the Asia-Pacific
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  • Developing service learning curriculum and programs in China for Chinese and international college students
If you know of anyone who needs help in any of these areas, please have them get a hold of me at shawnshieh@gmail.com.

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