Ilaria Maria Sala was born and raised in Italy. She then studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Beijing Normal University, and Beijing University. After some years in Japan, she now calls Hong Kong home.
Ilaria is the author of Il Dio dell’Asia: Religione e Politica in Oriente (Il Saggiatore, 2006), winner of the Bruce Chatwin Award for Travel Literature, and a volume of essays, Lettere dalla Cina (Una Città, 2011). Her latest book is Pechino 1989 (Una Città/Fondazione Langer, 2019). Her writing can be found in Quartz, The New York Times, The Guardian and Internazionale.