Independent Ethnographer, Multi Entry and Faculty MFA Interaction Design, SVA
New York, United States
Christina Xu is the chair of the 2018 Interaction Awards Jury. Her unique ability to unpack social interactions around technology and identify cultural trends through her ethnographic approach, will offer insightful leadership for this years committee.
Christina currently runs her own research agency, Vernacular Systems. She has conducted exploratory research projects in China and the US for clients including GE, DaimlerChrysler, Spotify, and Quip. Her public work on China is collected as Multi Entry, a multimedia exploration of life in contemporary China.
As faculty at the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Interaction Design program, she teaches a class called Entrepreneurial Design with Gary Chou. She is also an advisor to Data & Society, Orbital, and the Fine Chocolate and Cacao Institute.
Christina’s understanding of diverse and unique communities is informed by her experiences of helping several of them grow.These include: Letters for Black Lives, a set of collaboratively written and translated resources for facilitating conversations around social justice; the Awesome Foundation, a decentralized, global network of guerilla philanthropists; and ROFLCon, a conference/convention about internet culture that ran from 2008–2012. Her work has been profiled in BBC Worldwide, the Washington Post, NYT Magazine, the Atlantic, and Paper Magazine. She holds an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard College.