Jiao Guobiao worked for many years as a journalist for the Chinese Cultural Newspaper and then moved on to the position as Associate Professor of Journalism at Peking University. He has published extensively, both books and articles. After having written a critical article of the communist propaganda which was published overseas, he faced severe problems. He was put under house-arrest and under close surveillance and was dismissed from his work. After an invitation to Germany, he came to Norwich as the city's first ICORN guest writer in 2008.