China Temper Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada. After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong. Van Paridon recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she now once more saunters through the streets of Beijing, her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground turned into a full-time occupation. Her name also pops up here and there with the big players in the China News game such as RADII China, SUPChina and SCMP, and she's also active as a foreign editorial consultant with state-owned weekly print publication Beijing Review (ENG edition). Van Paridon hunts down the latest in China Fashion, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, and close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in China. Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of a new individuality, China's new urban culture, and the power that is China's New Youth.
England-born journalist-in-the-making and teacher Emily Aspinall has been living and writing in/about China for just over a year. A love of travel, Asia and pure intrigue brought her and now keeps her in the country. As a freelance journalist, she specializes in Chinese society and fashion, her fascination surrounding the East grew since living and working in a rural ex-fishing village on the outskirts of Shanghai. Aspinall aims to capture a sense of the colourful and dynamic contemporary China, which continues to revolutionise and evolve. Aspinall holds an English Literature degree from Sheffield University. She explored the literary canon, starting with old English and ending with the contemporary period, her area of speciality and research is post-war British social realism. While studying, she also on gained experience at the BBC, local publishing houses and copy edited the student newspaper. Since moving to China, she has written regularly for Temper Magazine and The Shanghaiist -- with a personal blog going live soon. Her interests include gender fluidity, the modern representation of women, sustainability and the underground scene in China.
Daniel Magunje (Daniel K) is a multifaceted individual with experience ranging from Finance to Fashion. He is the founder of Fei-Yu Management which supports brands in China and Africa with their marketing strategies. His love for young fashion designers is relentless and is committed to share their stories with the world. Dani enriches Temper with video and visual reports starring the latest in China's fashionable, sustainable and underground scenery. Coming to you live, from the Middle Kingdom.
Brand Founder @ Zodiac Active -- Designer, consultant & educator @ Laws On Design -- Responsible Fashion Maven, from Beijing to (currently) Shanghai In Lawson's own words: "I think we are moving into an era of hybridity, of complexity. I’ve been reading ideas that as a civilization we are moving from left-brain to right brain. Maybe I unconsciously saw this incoming in manufacturing & denim and that’s why I moved to create Zodiac. It serves denim that understands the complexities of a customer’s life."
Sandy Chu sadly departed this world in late November 2019. Sandy had a big impact on Temper -- especially in the earliest of stages -- and thus, in a bid to honor this skill-full, soulful scribe, we at Temper will always consider Sandy to be a member of the freelance Temper contributing Tasty Team. The written word never dies. An American with more than a decade of work experience in Shanghai, Chu is a China specialist with experience in writing, research scouting, marketing, event management, and translation. Holding a B.A. degree in Advertising, Chu is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State University. Currently working full-time at WGSN, Chu writes gated B2B content covering Asia product trends, Chinese consumer insights and Chinese digital marketing trends. In this role she has been quoted as an industry expert by BoF. While her regular work remits focus on identifying and analyzing commercial trends, on a personal level she retains a passion for creative merit and cultural insights around China. Sandy previously ran her own fashion blog and creative events which have been featured in Time Out Shanghai, Femina China, Lonely Planet’s Shanghai city guide and the U.S. edition of Travel & Leisure. She is currently working on developing her new blog Selective Attention.
Jessica Laiter has been an avid lover and admirer of the Chinese language and culture for most of her life. Always knowing that the future would include working on an international level, when it came to choosing a niche, China immediately came to mind. Laiter went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Studies and Communications Rhetoric at The University of Pittsburgh and a Master's Degree in Translation at NYU. Immediately after college, she moved to New York City and since then has worked in a number of different industries such as branding, manufacturing, fashion, public relations and real estate. China always acting as the common denominator. Inspired by her career, Laiter launched a website called Chinese Graffiti, on which she features emerging Chinese designers, talks about the intersection of tradition and modernity in China, as well as the evolution of society and business culture. As time went on, she sought out like-minded businesses individuals who were interested in a similar market, which is how she became involved with Temper. The China market is creating a whirlwind around the glob and it’s only just getting started. The world can be a small place with a dash of mutual understanding and Laiter loves to be the storyteller who helps to bridge that gap.
Studying Textile & Clothing with some Business Administration to boot (Yonsei University, South Korea) naturally led Minyoung Lee into the professional world of fashion. Lee consequently spent around three years as a product developer/fashion merchandiser for contemporary South Korean brand Lucky Chouette. Later on, Lee spent two years living and studying in Beijing, mostly writing articles about Chinese culture and Chinese fashion and wrapped up her China Life with a Master’s Degree in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University. Nowadays, Lee resides in Germany, still keeping China and its fashions on her radar, as well as working as a freelance translator for the apparel industry.
Misha Maruma is the founder of CNCREATE, a Chinese contemporary art blog. He writes about the exciting developments in the flourishing Chinese creative scene, from fine art to fashion design and everything in between.
Meet Natalie Luo, Temper's very first full-fledged Chinese Language Author and Editor -- dedicated to developing the 中文side of all things Temper, ya know! A Fashion Marketing and Promotion B.A. graduate from the University of the Arts London, and a Hotel Operations Management postgraduate from Swiss Hotel Management School, Luo harbors an immense passion for fashion, lifestyle, drama, and travel. As a local Chinese with more than five-years of European academic life under her belt and years of professional experience ranging from the luxury, hospitality to the advertising industry at home and abroad, Luo has developed an in-depth understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western cultures, always keeping her eye on the fusion tendencies that exist among both. Based in Shanghai and returning to Guangzhou, China, Luo now writes about a variety of topics veering between the realms of culture, lifestyle, and fashion fields.
It's Bunny Yan! A Chinese American who has been working in the fashion and marketing industry for almost two decades. Able to see the fashion world through the lenses of East and West gives Yan a fuller view on what the fashion world is really like. She believes 'balance' is the key to change within the industry. As one of the leading experts in Fashion Sustainability, Yan likes to get her message through with humor and sass. This is an ever-evolving field and Yan wants to share with you just how exciting it actually is. Even though this picture may not really convey that much excitement, it's certainly there!
Rochelle Beiersdorfer is a young professional and music maniac who has previously written about contemporary Chinese culture, China's underground music scenes, and Mandarin Chinese for past employers, study abroad organizations, Beijing record labels, and China-focused media groups. When not writing, Rochelle enjoys spending time pole dancing, traveling around China, exploring China’s craft beer industry with friends, rocking out at music gigs, learning new things, and studying Mandarin Chinese and its dialects.
The Temper Translator Essentielle! Wu Yingchao, aka Trista Wu, is one woman passionate about translation. Using words to build a bridge of understanding and communication as well as inspire the joy of reading. Wu sets the Temper pace on the 中文side of things, turning our English ramblings into wholly temperamental Chinese reads.
Social Media Strategizing, Marketing Mavening, our Temper Intern Extraordinaire Varsharanee Roopun -- born and raised in Zimbabwe -- is a graduate who holds a commerce degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing obtained from Curtin University, Australia. She has also completed a Certificate in Fashion Design which she hopes to use along her degree in the near future on various projects.
Vicky Huang is Taiwanese-Canadian, which is to say she is mild-tempered and polite for the most part. This contributes to her being drawn to the utterly unreserved, unapologetic Temper - it’s the yang to her yin (not the other way around). Her mantras are traveling and writing because she likes to observe, introspect, and share. Although she’s got a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Management from the University of British Columbia, this Vancouverite is unexcited about being confined to a lab or a corporate boardroom. She has a chronic case of wanderlust. During her gap year after college, she learned French in Quebec, taught English around Central Europe, and worked for a Canadian NGO in Bolivia. Her next (carefully calculated) relapse after grad school took her to the Middle Kingdom, where she interned at Time Out Shanghai. Now back in Vancouver, Huang is working at a China marketing startup while writing and translating on a freelance basis. In her leisure time, she enjoys book-reading, film-watching, and thrift-hunting.