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Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed on everything from my opposition to the Wellywood sign to growing businesses in New Zealand. Even without public office, I’ve already been interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The South China Morning Post, and others: I’ve always been happy to speak about how great our city and country are. I was also a regular on al-Jazeera English. Here is a non-exhaustive list of coverage. For recent press coverage about my companies, visit the Jack Yan & Associates press room.
C. Park: ‘Creative profiles: Jack Yan, a man with many hats’, NZ Style Collective, July 16, 2013
Chris Park interviews Jack Yan on his experience in the creative sector and his view of the industry.
O. Oaariki: ‘Mayoral candidate Yan would “unite council to get things done”’, Newswire, July 12, 2013
Oren Oaariki interviews Jack Yan, who believes he is more capable of uniting councillors at the Wellington City Council if elected mayor.
L. L. Liang: ‘地方選舉開跑 華裔問鼎首都市長’, Chinese News, TV8, New Zealand, July 5, 2013, 8 p.m. NZST
Ling Ling Liang follows up with an in-studio interview with Jack Yan on his 2013 mayoral campaign, in which he responds in Cantonese.
Asia Report, TV9, New Zealand, July 5, 2013, 11 a.m. NZST
Julian Nixon and Bev Chuang interview Jack Yan on his mayoral campaign, in a comprehensive, live broadcast. This is a particularly detailed interview, lasting 16 minutes.
L. L. Liang: ‘華裔競選首都市長 打造創新國際之城’, Chinese News, TV8, New Zealand, June 12, 2013, 8 p.m. NZST
An item on Jack Yan’s mayoral bid leads the news on World TV’s Chinese-language channel in New Zealand.
H. Peng: ‘天维人物：惠灵顿市长竞选在即 Jack Yan 再上征程’, Skykiwi, May 1, 2013
An in-depth interview by Hao Peng with Jack Yan on his mayoral campaign and policies
N. Papatsoumas: ‘Jack Yan running for mayor again’, Cook Strait News, April 29, 2013, p. 2
A brief piece on Jack Yan announcing his run for mayor in a local newspaper.
E. Ramos: ‘Latinos in the age of influence’, Huffington Post, June 3, 2012
Jack Yan quoted in his role as co-founder of California’s Multicultural Brand Consultancy on individual identity.
S. Sly: Kiwi Summer, Radio New Zealand National, New Zealand, December 30, 2011, 11.20 a.m. NZDT
Jack Yan interviewed on his work at Lucire, the Medinge Group, his plans for India and his judging at Miss Universe New Zealand.
A. Sansom: ‘Easy readers’, Viewpoint, issue 28, autumn 2011, pp. 96–9
Jack Yan, Stanley Moss, Philippe Mihailovich and Thomas Gad among the interviewees for Anna Sansom’s story on cognitive ﬂuency.
Midday News, C96 FM, Christchurch, New Zealand, May 23, 2011, 12 p.m.
Jack Yan interviewed by Shani Annand-Baron for Christchurch radio station on ‘Wellywood’ sign.
Morning Report, Radio New Zealand, New Zealand, May 23, 2011, 8.20 a.m.
Jack Yan campaigns against the ‘Wellywood’ sign in an interview which also features Wellington Airport’s Steve Fitzgerald
S. Powell: ‘A font of wisdom’, Salient, May 1, 2011
An interview on Jack Yan’s typeface design work for his Alma Mater
D. Robert: ‘Author, designer, branding consultant and director of Medinge Group Jack Yan discusses humanistic branding’, Celsias, February 21, 2011
Jack Yan interviewed with his Medinge Group hat on, regarding CSR and corporate citizenship
B. Jamnadas: ‘Wellington would be’, Asia Down Under, TV1, New Zealand, June 6, 2010, 11.30 a.m.
Bharat Jamnadas talks to Jack Yan about his Wellington mayoral bid
Newstalk ZB, Wellington, New Zealand, April 15, 2010
Justin du Fresne talks to Jack Yan about the fund-raiser he plans to have for his mayoral campaign
‘The Panel’, Afternoons with Jim Mora, Radio New Zealand, New Zealand, March 11, 2010, 4.30 p.m. NZDT
Jack Yan interviewed over his bringing in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to stop the unpopular ‘Wellywood’ sign near Wellington Airport
3 News, TV3, New Zealand, March 10, 2010, 6 p.m. NZDT
Interviews with Jack Yan, Allan Probert and Mayor Kerry Prendergast over Wellington Airport’s plans for a ‘Wellywood’ sign
Radio Live, New Zealand, March 10, 2010, 3.30 p.m. NZDT
Jack Yan interviewed on Radio Live over his moves to stop the ‘Wellywood’ sign
‘“Hollywood” owners alerted to Wellywood plan’, Voxy, March 10, 2010
Jack Yan, seeing a gross infringement of intellectual property rights, alerts the Hollywood Sign Trust on Wellington Airport’s ‘Wellywood’ plans, as covered by NZPA. Carried also by TVNZ.
J. Nylander: ‘“Jantelagen” holds Swedish brands back’, The Swedish Wire, January 25, 2010
Joham Nylander interviews Jack Yan: Swedish brand managers could boost sales by being more proud of the company’s Swedishness
N. Bateman: Long-distance
call, Sunday Morning Post, January 11, 2009, Post
Magazine supplement, p. 6
I was very proud to get coverage from my home town. Theres a
satisfaction in not being forgotten back in Hong Kong, and Nadine Bateman
made me the subject of her recent Long-distance call section
in the leading English-language daily there.
Cultural identity and confusion, The
Golden Tide, part
three, Radio New Zealand National,
New Zealand, December 28, 2008, 3.30 p.m.
I candidly discuss being a Chinese immigrant in New Zealand and the stereotypes
confronted there. Presented and produced by Sonia Yee. I also featured
in the fifth part of this series.
Transparency, cordial relations assets of Indian service industry, Free Press, December 27, 2008
English-language daily newspaper in Indore summarizes my keynote speech
at the Proton Business School, which detailed how Indian brands make companies
there ready-made international partners.
New Zealands Jack Yan addresses Global MDP, Dainik
Bhaskar, December 26, 2008, p. 1
Front-page news in Indore, India, for my forthcoming speech on branding
and marketing strategy at the Proton Business
A. Te Kanawa (ed.): Previously in Tū Mai, Tū
Mai, September 2008, p. 6
Piri Weepu, Miriama Smith and I are profiled in Tu Mais special
100th edition. We had all been in previous issues and Ata Te Kanawa, the
editor, updated readers in a where are they now? feature.
Down Under, TV One, New Zealand, August 26, 2007, 8.30 a.m.
Pushpa Jabin interviewed me at the close of the Bananas
New Zealand Going Globalconference about being a Chinese New
Zealander and about Lucire.
Cadbury Dream Model Search 07, C4,
New Zealand, July 28, 2007, 7 p.m.
It took over a year before my next domestic networked prime-time appearance
as a judge for the Cadbury Dream Model Search 07, New Zealands biggest modelling
Listening Post, al-Jazeera
English, July 6, 2007
By invitation, I was asked to comment on Tony Blairs new job as
a Middle East envoy by al-Jazeeras English-language TV service.
‘Greens and Yan think same’, Apparel, September 2006, pp. 7–8
at odds with Jeremy Moon’s calls for changing the definition of ‘New Zealand
made’, an issue that made the headlines in new Zealand. This was close
to my heart as the original campaign by the Green Partys late co-leader
Rod Donald was meant to promote local manufacture and jobs. However, the
Prime Minister backed Jeremy, for reasons unknown. The matter went the
Greens (and my) way.
‘Five minutes with Jack Yan’, The Dominion Post, June 22, 2006, p.
A quick Q&A interview conducted in Aprilon Hitlers birthday,
no lesswritten in a humorous style. The original had a humorous
Hitler reference but I have omitted it here for reasons of taste (it never
made it into print, either).
TV One, New Zealand, March 10, 2006, 8.40 a.m.
They called Lucire New Zealands fashion bible
and I get away, in the last frame, showing off the cover. I comment on
the success of Vodafone ID Dunedin Fashion Week and my position on the
Emerging Designers Awards judging panel.
Yan: ‘Chinese developing New Zealand’s fashion’, New Zealand Chinese
Times, no. 46, September 23, 2005, p. 36
Lulu Yan (no relation) profiles me and my work on Lucire. This
was probably the first Chinese print article on me. Interestingly, she
used my English name throughout the article.
Fashion News Live,
New York, September 8, 2005
A quick interview with Rocco Leo Gaglioti on the red carpet at the announcement
of Lucires US edition. I did a similar interview for StyleZone
TV and Al Hurra Television that evening.
H. Baxter: ‘“I see it as a way to ﬁght terrorism”—an interview
with Jack Yan on branding and ethics’, The
New Zealand Business Blog, July 29, 2005
This was my first podcast, with Helen Baxter, whom I met on the EUs Knowledgeboard many years ago. I talk about the
Medinge Group and the Global Entrepreneurs Forum.
Fernandez: Not your average CEO: Jack of all trades, Wellington
Today, JulyAugust 2005, pp. 1011
Juanita Fernandez interviewed me on my business theories, Lucire, Beyond Branding and race.
This was my first cover story.
Morning, TV One, New Zealand, May 25, 2005, 9·43 a.m.
I love live TV, and Jeanette Thomas asks me about Lucire, after a busy morning where
I had only had two hours sleep.
M. Nguyen: Laying hands on the media world, B&T
Marketing and Media, April 22, 2005, B&T New
Zealand Report, pp. 289
Maria Nguyen came across the Tasman to interview me, though eventually
we didnt catch up. Still, with email and phone interviews she put
together this great piece. I couldnt have said it better myself
about what were trying to achieve with the print editions of Lucire.
New Zealand, April 13, 2005, 10·30 p.m.
Natasha Utting comes to visit me two years (almost to the day) after
her predecessor came to ask about Lucires Webby Award nomination.
Im just glad that they showed more of Doug Rimington, our Wellington
photographer, and model Maya in the establishing shots. This time, its
about the Romanian edition of Lucirethe print magazine, that
Mediawatch with Russell
Brown, National Radio, New Zealand, February 27, 2005, 9·06 a.m.
Russell Brown was well prepared for this in-depth interview, which I thoroughly
enjoyed taping a week or so before. Nice to get a journalist who had taken
note of the advertising rates for the US. What was surprising is how many
people talked to me about thisbear in mind it went out on radio
on a Sunday morning (repeated that evening).
Simpson: Man with a plan, ProDesign, December 2004January
2005, pp. 346
Emily Simpson, the new editor of ProDesign, came from a womens
magazine background and interviewed me about three days before the print
launch of Lucire in Auckland.
Starts off with the fact I dont use a cellphone, and continues by
saying I could still pass for 22. I like her writing. Theres also
a nice full-page portrait of yours truly by Paul
Asian Report with Suzanne Schokman, National
Radio, New Zealand, December 1, 2004, 3·30 p.m.
Suzanne Schokman and Wayne Mowat interview me live on National Radio about Lucire. I prefer the live format, and Suzanne caught me while I
was in Auckland. The tough part was hinting to listeners that my being
Asian had nothing to do with what we were trying to do with Lucire, especially as my segment followed one about Merge,
a magazine targeted at ethnic populations.
Tokhi: Lucire magazine pre-launch interview, Dot
Com Women, August 3, 2004
Lata Tokhi interviews me on the upcoming launch of Lucire, its planned content, and why we waited seven years before starting in
this second medium.
World TV, New Zealand, October
Frieda Yu from the New Zealand Chinese-language channel interviews me
on the print launch of Lucire and its competition. As with my earlier
responses on World TV, she allowed me to answer in Cantonese.
Geist: Tourism is the only way, Zeitgeist,
no. 13, summer 2004, p. 2
Bill Geists tourism editorial champions my vision, as quoted in
Thomas Muchas article in Business 2·0, for repairing
the American brand.
Mucha: Marketing the brand America, Business
2·0 online edition, May 13, 2004
I was one of three commentators, alongside Tom Miller and Simon Anholt,
on the American nation brand being in trouble and what the US can do about
Morning, TV1, New Zealand, April 7, 2004, 10·55 a.m.
This live interview with Lisa Manning discussed my virtual business, my
co-authorship of Beyond Branding and my plans to extend Lucire into printthe first consumer-targeted
announcement of this news.
Martin: Jack Yaninspiring speaker at ID Dunedin Fashion Weekend, Thread, March 24, 2004
Katie Martin attended my New Zealand Trade & Enterprise speech in
Dunedin in March and had some very nice things to say about it.
Paki: Polyeurasianthe new breed New Zealander, Tu
Mai, February 2004, pp. 202
As the demographics of New Zealand change, I was invited by Tu Mai to comment on what it means to be an immigrant New Zealander.
Oliver: Book reviews: Beyond Branding, Argent,
vol. 3, no. 1, January 2004, pp. 46–7
Malcolm Oliver reviews our Beyond Branding and, fortunately, spends
a good part of it reviewing my chapter.
Te Kanawa: Flashbut a culture clash, too, Tu Mai,
December 2003, pp. 202
I comment on the tangata whenua and intellectual property in a
Maori context, discussing LOréal New Zealand Fashion Week
Fletcher (ed.): Brand ownership under scrutiny, Food
Technology in New Zealand, November 2003, p. 3
Julie Garlick and I speak on branding in New Zealand at BrightStars
Pack and Brand conference.
The Wellington Region: Open for Business. Wellington: Positively
Wellington Business 2003
I was featured on this CD-ROM promoting businesses in Wellington, New
It was on this project that I met photographer Robert Catto, with whom I established a very long-standing friendship.
New Zealand, October 22, 2003, 1 p.m.
Interviewed by Thane Kirby live on George FM, a national FM network in
New Zealand, on LOréal New Zealand Fashion Week. This was
one of the most fun interviews ever, because Thane was so relaxed. (Acknowledgements to Helen Baxter.)
LOréal Paris Presents LOréal New Zealand
Fashion Week, Sky
TV Channel 9, New Zealand, October 20, 2003, 12·15 p.m.
I hadnt done live TV for a while. Interviewed by Francesca Rudkin
live in the LOréal Paris Powder Room during LOréal
New Zealand Fashion Week.
Vapnitchnaia: Green fashion, Late
News, UN Radio Russian Service, New York, August 4, 2003
Elena Vapnitchnaia interviewed me about Lucires partnership
with the UNEP. While conducted in English, I was ultimately dubbed into
Russian. Word has it that the interview may have been used on the Chinese-language
service on UN Radio and I was dubbedthe second time that month,
if you count a smaller TV news iteminto Mandarin!
Engeseth: ‘Swedenization of branding föreslår Nya Zeeländare, Quo Vadis, nos. 38–9, August 2003, p. 6
My friend and colleague Stefan Engeseth interviews me after I do my second
speech at the Stockholm Marketing Association (MIS) on ethical branding
and corporate social responsibility.
Philpott: World famous in the World Wide Web, Debate,
May 22, 2003
Kathryn Philpott interviews me for AUTs student newspaper about Lucire and its Webby Award nomination. A very candid interview
conducted over the phone and probably the first time I used the word balls in print!
New Zealand, April 9, 2003, 10·30 p.m.
Clayton Anderson interviews me after Lucire won a Webby Award
nominationa brilliantly written intro and story. Anchorwoman Carolyn
Robinsons comments likening it to The Lord of the Rings: the
Two Towers were also appreciated.
Sinclair-Thompson: From Wellington to the worldvirtually, The Buzz,
no. 2, April 24, 2003, p. 1
Philippa Sinclair-Thompson profiles me in an article about why I choose
to have my company HQed in Wellington and highlights Lucires
success, including its recent Webby Award nomination. A beautifully designed
C. Scobie: On top of the e-world, Professional
Manager, January 2003, pp. 202
Australian and New Zealand entrepreneurs make use of the net and
build their brands. This article, in one of Britains respected management
magazines, extensively quotes me along with Vanessa Palmer, Natalie Bloom
and Peter Gifford (ex-Midnight Oil).
Scobie: Jack Yan, MAP
Magazine, no. 38, December 2002January 2003, p. 26
One of the best and most accurateand to date the most personalinterview
ever written about me. I was flattered and humbled by the in-depth nature
of Claire Scobies profile of me in MAP, a Brisbane, Queensland-based
Rydergren: Go logo! Brand-soldaterna slår tillbaka, Resumé,
no. 34, 2002, August 22, 2002, pp. 223
Spread written about my participation at the Chief Brand Officers' retreat
at Medinge, Sweden, and my humanitarian agenda for branding.
Tobias Rydergren has a very accurate memory, quoting
me on my idea for Nike to spend an extra Kr 25, on education for
its workers in Asia. This spread, written about my time at the Chief Brand
Officers Retreat at Medinge, Sweden, along with some of my esteemed
colleagues from the UK and the Nordic countries, features a prelude to
the Brand Manifesto which I published in September 2002. A real honour
to appear in Swedens most respected advertising paperand thanks
to both Anna Serner and Stefan Engeseth for letting me know about the
Baird: Jack of all trades, Unlimited,
July 2002, Transformers section, p. 11
Highly respected business magazine in New Zealand profiles me in a one-page
special on hot entrepreneurs.
I was very honoured to see this one-pager written about
me by Unlimiteds web editor Zoë Baird. The level of
research needed to get a piece past the editors of this magazine is very
high, so the information is always authoritative and reliable. This properly
scrutinized article is professional journalism (and, I must add, graphic
design and photography) at work, naming me as one of the hot entrepreneurs
in New Zealand.
Today Live with Susan Wood, TV1,
New Zealand, November 13, 2001, 5·30 p.m.
Highest-rating programme in its timeslot. The seven-minute interview centred
around my business accomplishments.
Vidal: The web that Jack built, The
Evening Post, December 5, 2000, Flair supplement,
Daily broadsheets fashion supplement interviews me on my work at Lucire, at the suggestion of Zambesis Neville Findlay.
Loubet del Bayle: Jack Yan, Les
Temps Typographiques, September 2000
In French, a very enjoyable Q&A interview about my work in the font
Martinkus: Font victims, Desktop,
A state-of-play analysis for the Australasian type industry and latest
trends, by Desktop editor Angela Martinkus.
Martinkus: Type cast, The
Sydney Morning Herald and The
Age, Emag supplement, March 2000
This is an adaptation of Angela Martinkuss piece for Desktop,
but was much more widely distributed with two of Australias leading
broadsheets during one day in March 2000.
Martinkus: An open mind and a global company, Desktop,
August 1999, pp. 467
Angela Martinkus examines Aussie all-stars and looks at my
global strategy and the organic structure for Jack Yan & Associates.
OnTV, Saturn Television, April 1999
Kelly Davis interviewed me with Simone Knol and Rebecca Thorpe for a four-minute
segment on Saturn Television’s OnTV cable channel about Lucire.
Jack Yan: a successful type, The Voice, no. 7,
autumn 1998, p. 2
Sales and Marketing Executives International profiles me in their quarterly
newsletter. The interview was even typeset in a typeface I created. This
was the first time my photograph (shot by Rebecca
Thorpe) was issued.
Needham: Aussie types, Australian
Creative, spring 1996, pp. 303
Campbell believes it is
Jack Yan who is achieving the most
success locally. A report on the regional font industry.
Foxworthy: I shot the serif, Desktop,
This was the first time I was profiled in Australia, thanks to Richard
Foxworthy, who did a bit of research to uncover me. I even got a client
or two from this coverage and a few months later, Richard asked if I could
replace Desktops typography columnist. I have been there
since the June 1996 issue.