Caitlin Cashin has a BFA in theatre and music from Sweet Briar College, a master’s in Music and Cultural History from University College Cork. She has an unhealthy obsession with opera and is currently experimenting with finding a balance between gainful employment, academia, and the performing arts. Her interests are an eclectic mix of music, history, film, psychology, literature, philosophy, and cannibalism as a form of revenge.

George Ding is an English teacher and freelance writer. He has a B.A. in Film Production and a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California and received a Renaissance Scholars Prize upon graduation. He currently blogs for Project Pengyou and is the back-page columnist for the Beijinger. He has also written for sites like China Daily ShowchinaSMACK, and ChinaGeeks. You can follow him on Weibo and Twitter.

Abby Fitzgibbon graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages. She has used her skills in Spanish, French, and Mandarin to travel and tutor, and decided to take on China in 2008. Over the course of two years in China she has worked as a design consultant in a public relations firm, as well as an English teacher in an International Training School and a local kindergarten. Her art and writing are inspired by her current life and residence in Shanghai.

Oscar Moralde is a filmmaker, writer and critic living in Los Angeles who’s trying to locate the intersection between writing films, writing about films, and that whole messy business of making them. He received his B.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter once called him “fucking whipped.”

J.R. Siegel graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. He lived and worked in Beijing from September 2006 to August 2008 and will begin graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the fall of 2009.

Fenwick Smith was born in York, UK and began his education by having his father read Trotsky, Adams and Shakespeare to him as a child. After a drawn-out Master’s degree in Chinese studies he spent six months as a scholarship student at the Beijing Film Academy, and now is a full-time editor on a completely unknown Beijing lifestyle publication. He retains a strong connection to his motherland, and enjoys discussing socialism, film, sexual politics, homophobia, and the British Empire with pretty much anyone who’ll listen. Fenwick is also a filmmaker, occasional actor, and husband-in-waiting.

Michael Thai is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Beijing. He holds a B.A. in Film Production and a B.S. in Finance from USC and is a Renaissance Scholar and Howard L. Budlong Endowed Business Scholarship recipient. Following college he worked as an analyst and assistant at a private equity firm focused on media and entertainment. He currently spends his time producing and developing film projects and screenplays. His work has been published in Penn Olson and NewsChina. Michael also freelances as a foreign correspondent for Beijing News.

Yulin Zhuang graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Psychology.  As a Chinese-American with strong roots in the mainland, he has visited China numerous times over the past decade and lived in Beijing from 2006-2010.  He currently resides in Tokyo.