I joined Global Voices in September 2009. At the time, I just finished a few months of research at the political section of the European Union Delegation to China in Beijing. One of my tasks there was to monitor Chinese language official sources, Chinese academic literature, and various citizenship media and blogs. It was how I came across and began reading Global Voices, a community of bloggers and translators whose official mission is to "aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online - shining light on places and people other media often ignore."
I am a fan of Global Voices because it shares the human side of stories and provides unique perspectives, quite a refreshing departure from mainstream media. I think it is also for this reason that diplomats at EU read it as a source for understanding China. I decided that it is a worthwhile endeavour, and wrote to the Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam that I want to write for Global Voices. She wrote back immediately, and my very first post, about a video showing a Chinese school girl saying that she wanted to become a corrupt official because it brings ‘a lot of good stuff,’ was published.
In the case of China, because of its political censorship, these blogs also serve as a historical record of events taking place in China. This was evident, for example, when John Kennedy, Chinese language editor of Global Voices, extensively archived the Twitter-based ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in China during February and March this year.