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Dr Christina Yin

Senior Lecturer
PhD English (Nottingham), MA (Hons) (Melbourne), BA (magna cum laude) (Tufts University), CELTA (British Council)

Faculty of Business, Design and Arts

Office No:+60 82 260 769
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: G212


Christina has been a news anchor, broadcast and print journalist, assistant editor in publishing firms, freelance radio deejay, writer and columnist, communications officer for a conservation organisation, interviewer, voice-over artist, short story and creative nonfiction writer, and lecturer.

Joining Swinburne in 2003, Christina won the Swinburne Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, the Vice-Chancellor’s Sustainability Award in 2021, and the team Vice-Chancellor’s One Swinburne Award in 2022. Christina has been at the helm of the Swinburne Inter-School Debating Championship since its inception in 2006 and is an active advisor for the Debaters’ and Green clubs, the Hult Prize OnCampus Program as well as the founder of the Swinburne Sarawak Creative Writing Community. She holds weekly creative writing sessions with interested students and alumni throughout the year in addition to co-organising annual poetry and creative writing, debate, public speaking, and conservation events, competitions, and workshops such as the Green Microfiction Challenge and the Run for the Wild.

Completing her PhD in English at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia in 2020, Christina’s thesis Creative Nonfiction: True Stories of People involved in Fifty Years of Conservation of the Orang-utan in Sarawak, Malaysia combined her two passions: conservation and creative nonfiction writing. Eleven of the 34 creative nonfiction pieces that formed her thesis’s creative artefact were published during the course of her studies.

In 2021, Christina’s short story A 22nd Century Au Pair was selected and published in The Best Asian Short Stories 2021 by Kitaab International, Singapore.

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Narrative Inquiry, student motivation, e-learning, blogs and discussion forums.

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA)

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Member, Advisory Review Board, Journal of Communication, Language and Culture, Multimedia University

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:

1. Creative Nonfiction

2. Creative Writing

3. English Literature

Please contact Christina for more information on the above topics at

Honours and Awards

  • Winner, Vice-Chancellor’s team One Swinburne Award, 2022
  • Winner, Vice-Chancellor’s Sustainability Award, 2021
  • Highly Commended, Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award, 2016
  • Winner, Swinburne Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, 2011


Books and Book Chapters

  • Yin, C 2024, ‘Borneo Reborn’, in RG Chua, EX Vincent & A Ang (eds), Here was Once the Sea: An Anthology of Southeast Asian Ecowriting, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
  • Yin, C 2024, ‘On love, keepers and confiscated orang-utans’, in ASK Yeow & WL Tham (eds), A Malaysian Ecocriticism Reader, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 51-57, <>.
  • Gumal, M, Yin, C, Yasin, Y, Rosedy, E, Tan, D and Ng, S 2022, ‘Natural environment’ in R Rasiah, K Salih & KC Cheong (eds), Malaysia’s leap into the future, Springer, pp. 307-335.
  • Yin, C 2021, ‘The 22nd century au pair’ in ME Vethamani (ed), The Best Asian Short Stories 2021, Kitaab International, Singapore.
  • Yin, C 2021, ‘The seventh day’ in J Prendergast, E Herbert-Goodall & J Webb (eds), The Incompleteness Book II: Writing Back and Thinking Forward, Recent Work Press, Australia, pp. 86-87.
  • Yin, C 2020, ‘Time zones’ in J Prendergast, S Strange & J Webb (eds), the incompleteness book, Recent Work Press, Australia, pp. 143-144.
  • Yin, C 2020, ‘Foreword’, in C Yin & M Gumal (eds), Wildlife and Environment Microfiction Challenge: Stories by young Malaysian writers (2017-2019), Wildlife Conservation Society, Kuching, pp. 1-2.
  • Gumal, M, Ng, S & Yin, C 2014 ‘The next 100: bridging for a new beginning’ Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Program, Kuching, Sarawak.
  • Yin, C 1995, ‘Sustainability: a matter of choice’, WWF International, Gland, Switzerland.

Journal Papers

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

  • Wong, YH, Groves, M, Irwin, D, Krishna, S, Leong, JYY, Wong, P & Yin, C 2014, ‘Critical Thinking in Higher Education – Perspectives from Educators’, Panel Discussion at the 12th International Asia TEFL & 23rd MELTA International Conferences, jointly organized by the Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Asia TEFL) and the Malaysia English Language Teachers’ Association (MELTA). 28 – 30 August.
  • Leong, H, Yin, C, & Lee, R 2014, ‘Documenting EFL language learners’ experiences in an intensive English program’, 3rd International Conference of Issues in Language Teaching and Learning Amongst Non-Native Speakers, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia 18 – 19 February 2014.
  • Lim, R, Lee, M & Yin, C 2009, ‘Teacher Usage and Perceptions of Online Discussion Forums in Higher Education’, 2nd International Conference of Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2009), INTI University College, Malaysia.

Creative Nonfiction



  • Yin, C 2022, ‘On food security, mealworms, and cultural exchange’, The Borneo Post, 20 July.
  • Yin, C 2021, ‘How one student club weathered the first coronavirus year’, The Borneo Post, 31 March,
  • Yin, C 2020, ‘Time in the new world, The Borneo Post, 25 November.
  • Yin, C 2020, ‘Giving the planet a chance’, The Borneo Post, 11 March.
  • Yin, C 2019, ‘Teaching English and conservation’, The Borneo Post, 18 December.
  • Yin, C 2019, ‘The joy of learning and creating’, The Borneo Post, 13 March.
  • Yin, C 2017, ‘Walden – a game we need’, The Borneo Post, 4 August.
  • Yin, C 2012, ‘In pursuit of a successful student and teacher’, The Borneo Post, 11 June.

Performances on Social Media