Charles Custer

Charles Custer

  • Editor at Tech in Asia magazine
  • Former Web and Multimedia Director for The World of Chinese magazine
  • Director of documentary film "Living with Dead Hearts" about kidnapped children in China


Charlie Custer is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed work for one year. He 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 in the big city. Although he now resides in the U.S., he continues to follow Chinese news closely and works as an editor at Tech in Asia, where he writes about internet and mobile technology in China and across Asia.

Charlie is the founder of the blog ChinaGeeks and the director of Living with Dead Hearts, a documentary film about kidnapped children in China and what happens to their families. He has written about China and Chinese culture for the state-sponsored Global Times newspaper, Foreign Policy magazine, and other publications. 


  • B.A., East Asian Studies, Brown University

Awards and Publications

  • Graduated magna cum laude from Brown University
  • Phi Beta Kappa honor society
  • Tech in Asia

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

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