Seeing by Chai Jing, Astra House Books


A Memoir of Truth and Courage from China's Most Influential Television Journalist
Chai Jing
Memoir / Biography
ON SALE August 16, 2022
$27.00/ $36.00 CAN | 300pp | 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781662600678

A searing and candid memoir from award-winning journalist and creator of Under the Dome, about epidemics, pollution, and domestic violence in contemporary China. 

Through an intimate narrative, told with an immediate and gripping voice, Chai Jing describes her life during her 14 years as an investigative reporter at CCTV, China’s official state news channel.

Chai Jing reports on the cover-up of the SARS epidemic (2003), pushes for China’s first law against domestic violence (2005), the consequences of industrial pollution in her hometown (2007), and reveals the causes of nearly 70,000 deaths in the Great Earthquake of 2008. Chai shows us the difficulties of unbiased reporting in China, and strives to seek the truth despite pressure.

Shortly after the publication of this book, Chai resigned from CCTV and
made a film, Under the Dome (2015), about pollution in China, which was viewed 300 million times online seven days before it was censored.

An unusual, intimate storyteller, Chai offers a realistic, de-conceptualized
view of China, where people cope with a complex and volatile political system with courage, hope, and an unwavering belief in humanism.

Chai Jing, Astra House Author

Born in 1976, CHAI JING is an award-winning reporter and television host in China. While working at CCTV from 2001… read more >>


YAN YAN graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with degrees in English and religious studies. After working at the Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China, his hometown, he backpacked around the world and eventually settled down in Brooklyn, then the Hudson Valley. As a freelance translator, he translated works by Hans Christian Andersen Award–winner Cao Wenxuan, including the Dingding and Dangdang series, XiMi, and Mountain Goats Don’t Eat Heaven’s Grass, as well as updated editions of Grass House and Bronze Sunflower, for China Children’s Press & Publication GroupMore recently, he has been translating works by the Chinese literary icon Wang Xiaobo, which include a novella collection titled Golden Age and an essay collection titled The Pleasure of Thinking.