Yan Sham-Shackleton

Writer and speaker.

沈欣 is a writer and speaker from Hong Kong and lives in Los Angeles.

Her fiction and essays have appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Cultural Weekly, Litro, Great Weather for Media, PopMatters, and others. She is a columnist for Hong Kong Free Press.

Yan is seeking a literary agent for her coming-of-age novel Island of Lights set around the time of the regime change of Hong Kong in 1997.

She has spoken on free speech issues and Hong Kong’s democratic development for Amnesty International, BBC, PBS, and others. In 2005, Reporters Without Borders nominated Yan Sham-Shackleton and her weblog Glutter for a free speech award.

Some of Yan’s early works, film/theatre projects, and zines are archived in Glasglow Women’s Library and The Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library in NYU.

She is available for talks on the Hong Kong democratic movement, China’s internet censorship, and also the protest graphics from the 2019 HK Resistance Movement. 


  • Fiction
  • Readings
  • Non-fiction
  • Talks

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