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Amanda Florian

Amanda Florian

Amanda Florian is an award-winning international journalist based between the U.S. and Shanghai, China. Her specialties include tech, cybersecurity, foreign affairs and China’s new media scene.

Latest from Amanda Florian

China’s First AI Actor Makes Her Debut

China’s First AI Actor Makes Her Debut

As tech companies in China dive into the vast AI pool, AI actors like Lili continue to attract hundreds of thousands of fans online, with some still unconvinced she’s not human.

Amanda Florian
China Cracks Down on Language

China Cracks Down on Language

Two years ago, a linguistic and political Pandora’s box was opened: Under new rules, tutors were no longer allowed to hold private classes in person or online for students based in China. Private tutors across the globe found themselves without work.

Amanda Florian
The Secret Musicians of Afghanistan

The Secret Musicians of Afghanistan

Despite the Taliban's ban on music, Afghans are learning to sing and play instruments in secret sessions.

Amanda Florian,
Abdul Wahab Siddiqi