— Kirsten Han


Originally trained in film and video production, I got my introduction to journalism while working as an assistant producer on documentary projects at Lianain Films. The stories we covered — from dowry violence in Bangladesh to China’s mission to foster medal-winning athletes — opened my eyes to a range of social justice and human rights issues around the world.

I began freelancing, mostly in print/online journalism, in 2012, the same year I embarked upon my Masters degree in Journalism, Media and Communication at Cardiff University. Although largely focusing on my hometown of Singapore, I’ve also covered stories from countries like Greece, Scotland and Malaysia.

I’ve covered general news stories and also written about business, entrepreneurship and start-ups, among others, but tend to gravitate towards the themes of social justice, civil movements, human rights and democracy. My work in Singapore often revolves around important issues such as the treatment of migrant workers, the expression of sexual orientation and gender identity, gender equality and free speech.

As of 2017, I also serve as Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, a member-funded platform for journalism, research, art and community-building that I started with historian Thum Pingtjin and comics artist Sonny Liew.

Outside of work, I’m a founding member of We Believe in Second Chances, a group advocating for the abolishment of the death penalty. As part of the campaign, I tell the stories of death row inmates and their families, and also volunteer my time as a case worker to work with the families of inmates.

In 2016 I was named the Advocate of the Year at the Singapore Advocacy Awards, both for my work as a journalist in Singapore as well as my role in the anti-death penalty campaign. I was also named a Champion of Gender Justice and Equality at the AWARE Awards in the same year.

You can check out my portfolio to see more examples of my work, become a member of New Naratif, or drop by my Facebook page to get in touch.