writing & research

I recently organized a data center walking tour in Science Park, Amsterdam.
Check out the documentation of the project here:
Looking for the cloud in Science Park: a digital activism project
I'm open to organized more walking tours. If you're interested in joining one, please reach out to me!


I co-founded Far and Near, a newsletter that highlights the best stories published in Chinese media by Chinese photographers, filmmakers, and artists.I also write for Chaoyang Trap, a newsletter about internet culture in China.Read some of my recent writing:
Lockdown, Normalized
Hot Dry Noodle Takes: on diaspora cooking for the extremely online


I used to work as a freelance photojournalist in China.
Here are some of my published photojournalism work:
Room and Bored: quarantine in a Beijing hotel
The Delivery Drivers Risking it all to Keep China Fed
The road to electric is filled with tiny cars
China’s lonely hearts reboot online romance with artificial intelligence
See more at my portfolio site


I worked as a researcher and producer on documentary film projects.
Here are some selected projects:
China's Pyscho Boom from Life in Lockdown for Vice News
Supply and Demand in China’s Supercharged Delivery Economy for Vice News
My American Surrogate for NYT op-doc


Yan Cong is a researcher and visual storyteller based in Amsterdam, The NetherlandsShe previously worked as a photojournalist and video producer in Beijing for 6 years. Her work has been published internationally such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Vice.Yan was selected as one of the six global talents in Asia by World Press Photo's 6x6 program, and was a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at Carey Institute for Global Good.Yan is the co-founder of Far & Near, a newsletter highlighting stories created and published by Chinese visual journalists, artists, and filmmakers that are not typically seen internationally. She is a member of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo.Yan holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School, and is currently pursuing a research Master in media studies at University of Amsterdam.