Canada’s preoccupation with sending a steady stream of crude tankers and virgin lumber to China is obscuring our most valuable resource – people. With a full 10 per cent of the overseas Chinese population residing in Canada and an estimated 300,000 Canadians living in China, it’s time to get serious about mobilizing our vast cultural capital. […]
Joanna Claire Wong is a writer, filmmaker and communications strategist who is passionate about Canadian leadership in the global green economy. She is a principal and chief media strategist at FlowCS, an award-winning creative studio dedicated to sustainability in China. FlowCS is proud to have worked with the UNFCCC, U.S. Department of Energy, City of Vancouver Office of the Mayor, Office of the President of Mongolia, and the China Green Tech Initiative. Joanna is a 2011-2012 Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellow, and she produces a bimonthly column and video series as part of the National Conversation on Asia project. In China, Joanna has worked on a national climate action movement with a network of 50 Chinese universities and in the administration of the BC-Canada Pavilion, a trade showcase at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2010, she co-organized Beijing’s first Ethical Trade Fair. Joanna’s commentary on Asia and the environment has appeared in The Globe and Mail and other international publications. Her work has also been screened at the explorASIAN film festival in Vancouver. Joanna first went to China in 2005 to study Mandarin on a Chinese government scholarship and currently divides her time between Beijing and Vancouver. She trains and teaches Chinese Kungfu at the Beijing Milun School of Traditional Martial Arts.