Karoline Kan was born in Tianjin in 1989 and studied at Beijing International Studies University. After graduating she worked for three years at That’s Beijing, writing long-form features in English about Chinese people’s lives in a society shaped by a changing culture, economy and politics. She then worked at Radio France International, focusing more on hard news, which helped her develop a better understanding of China from different angles. Karoline, who has also worked as a journalist for the The New York Times and China Dialogue, now covers the environment for Bloomberg as one of their ‘Green Reporters’.

Karoline has also contributed to various other publications including Foreign PolicyRoads and Kingdoms, The World Policy and The Anthill, writing from her perspective about Chinese politics, history, ethnic policies and other social issues.

Karoline’s debut work of non-fiction, Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss and Hope in China was published in spring 2019 by Hachette (USA) and by Hurst (UK), and is forthcoming in Portuguese and Spanish, also.


Karoline Kan. Photo: Kelly Dawson

Under Red Skies by Karoline Kan