Catherine Vuylsteke


Catherine Vuylsteke about Ypres

Poste Restante (English version)

Poste Restante

October 3rd 1914. Marsels, the city at the end of seven weeks of sea. At first we didn’t know where the gian...

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Catherine Vuylsteke (Brussels) is an author, filmmaker, journalist and sinologist. She studied Sinology at the University of Ghent, spent a year at Fudan university in Shanghai and is a qualified teacher. She has worked as a freelance journalist for the South China Morning Post and Knack, and since 1989 has been editor of foreign affairs for De Morgen. Alongside this, she has given classes to translators and interpreters at the Hogeschool Antwerpen, taught at the RITS School of Art, and since 2010 has been affiliated with the journalism department of the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussels. She has reported from Asia and Africa on a variety of political, economical, and sociocultural issues. In 1997 she received the Citibank Prize for Economic Journalism. In 2007, she published her first book, Volksrepubliek van Verlangen (People’s Republic of Longing), about contemporary Chinese society. A year later, Onder Mannen, verzwegen levens van Marokkaanse homo’s (Between Men: The Concealed Lives of Moroccan Homosexuals) appeared, and was followed in May 2009 by Het gewicht van Hemelse Vrede, vrijheid en verzet sinds Tiananmen (The Weight of Heavenly Peace: Freedom and Resistance Since Tiananmen). In 2011, together with Hanne Phlypo she make the documentary Silent Stories and published her book Vroeger is een ander land (The Past is a Different Land), in which she offers portraits of eight young people who washed up in Belgium completely alone. With Hanne Phlypo, she developed the core of this work into the documentary The Art of Becoming. At the Festival des Libertés in Brussels, this film received not one but two prizes: the Grand Prix and the RTBF prize.

Belgian journalist, author, film maker and China expert Catherine Vuylsteke will write a city portrait about Ypres in the spring of 2015.