Contributors

Daniele Pestilli

Daniele Pestilli

Daniele is an Italian alumnus of the University of Toronto, class of 2009, who decided to major in East Asian Studies given his ardent passion for the region. After furthering his Japanese language studies at Keio University and Korean language studies at Seoul National University, he decided to intern for a summer at the English language daily, The Korea Herald. Upon winning two awards at another South Korean daily newspaper, The Korea Times, he decided to dedicate himself to a lifelong journey of discovery by founding the East Asia Gazette.

Peter Moody

Peter Moody

Peter Moody's main research interests include North Korean political culture, mass media, ideology and daily life. He holds two masters degrees, one in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Modern Korean History and one in TESOL. He has lived in South Korea and has been a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowship recipient; his research on North Korea has been published in the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies. He currently lives and teaches in Saudi Arabia.

James Brennan

James Brennan

James completed his degree in International Relations in 2009 at the University of Texas at Dallas. After graduating, he obtained a Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate and moved to Shanghai, China. During his time in China, James picked up Mandarin Chinese and shifted his career focus to full-time writing. His works appear in various media outlets in China including The Shanghai Daily and Smartshanghai.com. James now spends his time between Shanghai and his home in Beaumont, Texas.

Tom Billinge

Tom Billinge

Tom Billinge is the founder and editor of The Temple Trail, a website dedicated to promoting the world’s cultural and religious heritage. He is also the content editor of The Hong Kong Temple Map, a project aimed at raising awareness of Hong Kong’s diverse temple landscape. Tom was educated in Cambridge and graduated with a BA in Archaeology from the University of Wales: Lampeter in 2001. Aside from his native England, he has lived and taught in several countries including Thailand, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong. Being a digital nomad, Tom travels extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. He is a regular contributor to various cultural, historical and travel websites.

Oliver Ward

Oliver Ward

Oliver Ward completed his History degree at the University of Leeds in 2014. His articles have been published on several online magazines including International Policy Digest and The London Economic, where he writes about Russian and North Korean geopolitics in particular. He currently resides in Barcelona and is preparing to return to university to complete a masters in Political Science in 2017.

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell

Sarah Caroline Bell is the chief communications officer for the Korean design company ADDVALUN, a freelance journalist, and a communications consultant. She is currently completing a Master of Business majoring in Communications. Sarah has written for a number of publications including ASEAN Today and The Huffington Post USA. She runs a personal blog called The Manuscript and is currently based in Seoul, South Korea.