Lynda Chanwai-Earle joined the Asia Media Centre from Radio New Zealand, where she was a long-form features producer and presenter of the RNZ Voices programme. Highlights of her time with RNZ include her documentary podcast series Flying Solo, a finalist for Best Documentary in the 2018 New Zealand Radio Awards, and her breaking news story Slavery through Education.
Her work in public broadcasting spans almost two decades. She also worked as a journalist for the television programme Asia Downunder (which ran on TV One from 1994-2011) and reported from the Philippines, China and Hong Kong as part of her work.
Lynda is a fourth-generation Chinese New Zealander with a background in the arts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Auckland) and a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Her poetry and plays have been published, produced and toured in national festivals and abroad. Lynda represented New Zealand at the inaugural Hong Kong Literary Festival in 2001 and attended the Shanghai Literary Festival in 2005 as guest writer.
Her play Man in a Suitcase (about the real-life murder of a Chinese student) was an international collaboration between The Court Theatre, Christchurch, and Peking University. Lynda was inaugural New Zealand writer in resident at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, where she began work on two new plays.