Author: janieshen

Bio: Janie Ziye Shen is a researcher and photographer based in NYC. Born in China, Janie grew up in Sweden and has studied and worked in the UK, Belgium and Lebanon. She is currently a M.A. candidate in International Affairs at The New School with a research focus on refugees, migration and mobility. Before moving to New York, she lived in Beirut and worked for Save the Children on child protection in the Middle East region. She also organized language classes for local migrant workers and refugees there. Janie is fluent in English, Mandarin, Swedish and French.


Every Bottle Counts – A Photo Essay on Brooklyn’s Chinese Grandmas Who Collect Returnable Containers

Posted on: 01 Feb 2018

Intimate portraits of people scraping together a living.

Lost In Translation: Reforms in NYC’s Child-Care System Fail To Address Language and Cultural Differences

Posted on: 15 Jul 2016

EarlyLearn’s attempts to enforce blanket guidelines is shrinking the number of home-based childcare providers from Immigrant communities

Struggling Mom and Pop Businesses – Chinese Childcare Providers in NYC Have a Hard Time Keeping Up

Posted on: 11 Jul 2016

The EarlyLearn program imposes difficult requirements.

Ellinor Speaks Three Languages and She’s Not Even 3 Years Old! – The Fi2W Podcast

Posted on: 17 Dec 2015

A podcast about the challenges and rewards of raising children who speak three languages.