Charles Custer

Writer and Expert on Chinese Culture


B.A. East Asian Studies, Brown University


  • Writer and expert on Chinese culture with more than 10 years of experience
  • Former writer and web multimedia director for The World of Chinese Magazine
  • Director of feature-length documentary about human trafficking in China
  • Teacher and tutor of Mandarin Chinese 


Charlie Custer is a writer specializing in Chinese culture, language, business, and travel. His trajectory began in 2010 as an editor and web multimedia director for The World of Chinese Magazine. He also contributed to the company's bimonthly journals The World of Chinese: The Women Issue (Commercial Press, 2011) and The World of Chinese: The Future Issue (Commercial Press, 2011). His work has appeared in the China state-sponsored Global Times Newspaper,, and The Atlantic.

Among other topics, he has written extensively about human trafficking in China. He directed Living with Dead Hearts (Songhua Films, 2013), a feature-length documentary film about kidnapped children in China and their families. He also wrote about the problem in "Kidnapped and Sold: Inside the Dark World of Child Trafficking in China" (The Atlantic, 2013).

Charlie is a longtime student of China who has done everything from celebrating Spring Festival in a small village to appearing as an expert guest on Chinese TV programs. He is also a teacher and tutor of Mandarin Chinese.


Charlie earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Brown University in 2008.

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