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Christine Ma Joins Conscious Style Guide’s Advisory Council

PASADENA, CA — September 5, 2018 — The newest member of Conscious Style Guide’s advisory council is longtime book editor Christine Ma, whose extensive experience in children’s and young adult books will help provide direction and support in the development of two recently launched sections on Creative Writing and Design + Images.

“I’m excited about the perspectives that Christine brings as a fiction editor, especially when it comes to diversity issues,” said Karen Yin, founder of Conscious Style Guide. “Helping writers tell stories without othering or stereotyping is crucial for building bridges to harmony and understanding.”

Prior to starting her freelance business about 10 years ago, Ma worked at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Weekly Reader, which published educational magazines for children; and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has copyedited three Caldecott Medal winners, a National Book Award finalist, a Printz Honor Book, a Sibert Honor Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and numerous New York Times bestsellers. She counts book publishers such as Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Time Inc. Books, and Lee & Low Books among her clients. She is also on the Executive Board of ACES: The Society for Editing.

“I’m honored to be joining Karen Yin and the other members of the advisory council,” Ma said, “and I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise to help Conscious Style Guide advocate for more inclusive language.”

Other Advisory Council Members

Steve Bien-Aimé, PhD, is an incoming assistant professor of journalism at Northern Kentucky University. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the College of Communications at Penn State, Bien-Aimé worked as a copy editor at The News Journal in Delaware and The Baltimore Sun and served in a variety of functions at in Los Angeles, departing as deputy NFL editor. His research interests include race and gender portrayals in news and sports media.

Henry Fuhrmann, an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, worked at the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 2015. Before retiring as an assistant managing editor, he led the print and digital copy desks, chaired the standards and practices committee, and oversaw the editorial stylebook. He is a longtime local leader of the Asian American Journalists Association and serves as a member of the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing.

Alice Y. Hom, PhD, is the host and founder of the Historically Queer podcast. As a Soros Equality Fellow, she created Historically Queer to make historical and contemporary stories of activism by LGBTQ people of color accessible and is working on a digital archive of materials and documents by and about LGBTQ people of color. She serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy and is a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women. She is the co-editor of award-winning anthology Q & A: Queer in Asian America and has published articles in various journals and anthologies. She holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University, an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a BA from Yale University.

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About Conscious Style Guide

Conscious Style Guide’s mission is to develop and organize tools that promote critical thinking about language and ways we can use conscious words, portrayals, framing, and representation to empower instead of limit. For more information, please visit

About Karen Yin

Winner of the 2017 Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin is the creator of AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style,” Conscious Style Guide, a reference site for inclusive, compassionate, and empowering language, and Editors of Color, tools for diversifying your staff and sources. For more information, please visit

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