Discovering Self-Truth Through Poetry | Jinhao Xie | TEDxUniversityofKent

“Hello” and “How are you?” are two of the most common phrases used in English when greeting someone. “Ni Hao” and “Chi Le Ma?” are two of the most common phrases used in Chinese when greeting someone. However, something is lost in translation. In his talk, Jinhao shares his spoken words/poems, he challenges stereotypes imposed on him as a Chinese and as a man. While investigating the meaning of “truth”, he explores how different identities can intersect and infuse with each other. Jinhao emphasises how poetry as an art form enables one to be completely vulnerable and honest with oneself. Born in Chengdu, China, Jinhao Xie is a PhD student at the University of Kent. With no formal training in writing English poetry, Jinhao started writing poetry in 2017 as a means of expressing himself. Later that year, he began to perform at poetry/spoken words slams around the country. Being able to connect with others from various backgrounds, Jinhao finds that words can be empowering and hopes to continue his adventure in the world of poetry. He is also writing a book to share a unique view of the lives of the people of Chengdu. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at