Storytelling with Maps: Understanding the Belt and Road


“Understanding the Belt and Road” ( is a data story where maps played a central feature in the narrative. How did maps empower the understanding of a complicated geopolitical topic?

The team from Kontinentalist shares their experience in research, design, and developing the story, and their discovery of the potential and limits of map-based storytelling.

Back in September 2013, President Xi Jinping first introduced the Silk Road Economic Belt during his visit to Kazakhstan. Just a month later, he gave another speech to the Indonesian parliament and proposed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Together, these two features are now dubbed the Belt, Road Initiative (or sometimes, One Belt, One Road).

About Kontinentalist / Speakers:

Kontinentalist is a brand new and experimental Asian-focused editorial outfit that uses maps and data to power narratives.

Loh Pei Ying
Pei Ying takes care of the day-to-day functions of Kontinentalist and is the resident data visualiser. She was trained as a historian, and previously worked in several heritage-related institutions. She seeks plot twists in stories, and is now looking for unique ways to combine history and data in narratives.

Joceline Kuswanto
As Kontinentalist’s product and experience designer, Joceline crafts Kontinentalist’s visual language and story-driven experiences from button to brochure. In the cold world of data, she strives to bring empathy into her design.

Dylan Ng
Dylan is the lead developer at Kontinentalist, and is in charge of bringing Kontinentalist's assets to life. What guides him is the constant curiosity of how things work and the joy of finding a solution.

Also thanks to our hosts WeWork for hosting this event! This is cross-posted with the Data Vis SG meetup group

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