Joanna Chiu

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Joanna Chiu is an independent journalist and editor, and the founder of WAM! (Women, Action & the Media) Vancouver chapter. At WAM!, Joanna works to connect activists and media makers to advance women's media participation, ownership and representation. Her writing on feminism, politics, social movements, racism and sexuality appears in publications such as The Nation, AlterNet, The UTNE Reader, The Georgia Straight, Herizons Magazine and As a columnist for Canada's top feminist magazine, Herizons, she provides her perspective on Canadian politics and culture in each quarterly issue. She has also provided media commentary for outlets such as Vancouver's News 1130 Radio, Jezebel, The Village Voice and Toronto's CIUT Radio. Joanna holds a Masters of Journalism degree from Columbia University. You can learn more about her work at or at

Eyewitness to the Chicago NATO protests

Days after getting my master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, I arrived in Chicago yesterday morning for a family vacation and promptly felt like the dumbest journalist alive.

I've been following the Occupy Wall Street movement since it started last September, and covered it for the Georgia Straight and Herizons. As a social justice activist from Vancouver, witnessing the birth of Occupy while living in New York this year was an exhilarating (and because of police brutality, a sometimes horrifying) experience.


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#Resistmedia: Empower one of the most victimized groups in society

| April 20, 2012
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#Resistmedia: How to create the media you want to see in the world

| April 19, 2012
Joanna Chiu

Violence sells? Time to say 'enough' to advertisers

| April 17, 2012
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How does she resist? Resisting media representations to end violence against women

| April 16, 2012

How to say 'yes' to shame-free sex

What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety

What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety

by Jaclyn Friedman
(Seal Press,

After reading What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, I had some of the best sex of my life, and felt happier and healthier in my relationship.

No, this isn't a phony endorsement for your run of the mill dating advice or sex tips handbook. It is definitely not in reference to an article I read in Cosmopolitan magazine. In fact, What You Really Really Want is a desperately needed antidote to the slew of toxic sewage in the form of "sex and relationship advice" targeted at girls and women.


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