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Woman at Work: RINKOO RAMCHANDANI

At age 23, Rinkoo worked briefly for the now defunct Asiaweek magazine, where she received her first byline. Shortly after the publication of her book review of Memoirs of a Geisha, she accepted a job offer from a corporate giant, and like a reliable Gen Xer, she followed the money for the next 22 years.

While sourcing and supply chain served her well throughout her career, in her mid-40s, she decided it was […]

Woman at Work: VICTORIA ELIZABETH EGAN

Vici Egan is a Canadian who has been teaching overseas since 1983. Her first job was in a bush village in Nigeria, with no electricity or running water. She loved the challenging experience, which involved, at one point, teaching 80 kids in both a half-built building, where they literally climbed the walls, and her garage, where they brought their own rocks to sit on.

Vici has also taught in Mexico, Turkey, Cuba, England, […]

Woman at Work: MARY-JANE NEWTON

Mary-Jane Newton is an educational publisher and poet. She was born in India and grew up in Germany. She lived in Hong Kong until December 2019 and then returned to Europe to live in the UK. Mary-Jane has been a member of WiPS since 2009 and was a committee member 2011-2013. She serves as the IMPRINT poetry editor.

Mary-Jane started her career teaching learning impaired children and adults before joining Oxford University Press […]

Woman at Work: SARAH COOK

After a career in the UK, which included the civil service, Macmillan Publishers and KPMG, Sarah relocated to Hong Kong in 1992. She worked initially as a copywriter and proofreader for an electronics firm manufacturing BT telephones (writing the manuals and testing the phones). This was followed by an assortment of freelance jobs including with Ink Publishing working on Oasis Hong Kong Airline in-flight magazine, a hugely enjoyable experience as it involved […]

Woman at Work: RITU HEMNANI

Hong Kong born and raised Ritu Hemnani, is an author, teacher, TEDx speaker and voice actor. From a young age, Ritu was a passionate stage performer and writer, winning poetry competitions from entries scribbled on the top deck of a moving bus! After qualifying as an English and Drama high school teacher, Ritu worked in the UK before returning to Hong Kong in 1997, to work at KGV School, whilst voice acting […]

Woman at Work: LUISA TERNAU

Luisa Ternau hails from Trieste, in the north-eastern corner of Italy along the Adriatic Sea. Since both her parents kept strong connections to their native land of Istria, a historically multicultural and multilingual region, Luisa has always wondered how cultural identity is shaped and what is at its core.

It was at elementary school that Luisa wrote her first pieces. Decades later and in Hong Kong, Luisa resumed composing poems and stories. Her […]

Woman at Work: TANYA SINGH

Tanya Singh is the creator of NAARI magazine. Her career began right after she completed her majors in advertising, marketing and public relations in 1995. Her first venture was with Magna Publishing, a prestigious group in India producing many high-end magazines, including Savvy, Society, Interiors and Star Dust. This began her fascination with the media world, since when she has grappled with many projects in the print and television industry, gaining […]

Woman at Work: MICHELE KOH MOROLLO

Michele Koh Morollo is a Singaporean freelance journalist, copywriter and short fiction writer who lived in Perth, Sulawesi, London, and Boston before moving to Hong Kong in 2010. She is the author of short story collections “Rotten Jellybeans”, which was published in London in 2007, and “Without: Stories of lack and longing”, which was launched at the Singapore Literary Festival in 2018. She […]

Woman at Work: CLAIRE CHAO

CLAIRE CHAO, was born and raised in Hong Kong. Although unaware of it at the time, as a youth she continually sought connections to her parents’ Shanghai homeland. She spent a decade creating Remembering Shanghai after thirty years in luxury brand management. While researching her family stories, she uncovered an uncanny link with the grandfather she’d never met. She graduated with highest honors […]

Woman at Work: VASAVI SEETHEPALLI

Relocating from Singapore to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong within a year in 2007 wasn’t easy for my family of four. But realizing we might stick around for at least a few years allowed me to settle in.

I picked up brushes and canvases from the art store in Wan Chai and began the artistic journey that I had originally contemplated while living in the US in 2000. My first exhibit in […]

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