Crystyl has been covering Shanghai's food scene for international and domestic publications and TV programs for almost a decade. She has contributed to several magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Travel+Leisure, Departures, and AFAR, among others. She was the food editor of Time Out Shanghai for five years, covering the city's culinary scene from street food to Michelin-star restaurants. Crystyl also lectures at various universities and consults for multinational companies on China's food scene, and she is a restaurant critic on International Channel Shanghai's "Fine Dining" TV program. Originally from Boston, she moved to China seventeen years ago as a student and has previously worked as a correspondent for Time Warner's Asiaweek magazine.
Shasha is an independent curator originally from Beijing. She received her MA in curatorial studies from the California College of the Arts, after which she served as the Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Walker Art Center. She was also the director at the F2 Gallery in Beijing (now known as the Fabien Fryns Fine Art Gallery and based in Spain), where she oversaw exhibitions and publications. In March 2014, Shasha began working as an independent curator, and as the founder and chief editor at guan-dian.org (a non-profit online database featuring emerging and mid-career Chinese artists). She currently lives and works between Shanghai and Beijing.
Graham Earnshaw is a publisher and writer with several decades of experience in the China world. He is Publisher of Earnshaw Books and China Economic Review, and CEO of SinoMedia Ltd, which handles media business including book imports, publication design and printing. He has written a number of books himself, including On Your Own in China (1984), Tales of Old Shanghai (2008) and an account of his continuing walk across China, The Great Walk of China (2010). His translation of the Louis Cha kungfu novel The Book & the Sword was published by Oxford University Press. He studied law at the University of Sydney and has lived in the China world almost continuously since the mid-1970s and is a regular speaker at universities, schools, and to business groups. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently, and his English is said to be acceptable.