Columbia AAJA and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute present: Former CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy’s documentary on the history of American correspondents in China


Please join us on Monday, October 21 for a screening of former Senior CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy’s documentary, Assignment: China.

LOCATION: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs | Hamilton Hall, Room 703

TIME: 6 – 8 p.m.


opening-up-medwebOpening Up is one episode of Assignment China, a multi-part documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China being produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Opening Up is based on extensive interviews with virtually all the reporters who opened the first U.S. news bureaus in the Peoples Republic, including Jay Mathews of the Washington Post, Richard Bernstein of Time Magazine, Fox Butterfield of the New York Times, Frank Ching of the Wall St. Journal,  Melinda Liu of Newsweek, John Roderick of the Associated Press, Jim Laurie of ABC, Bruce Dunning of CBS, Sandy Gilmour of NBC, and many others. MLin80swithChineseman

This documentary also contains interviews with Chinese officials who sought to manage the western media, with some of the people the reporters covered, as well rare archival footage, still photos, and previously unseen home videos. As the first resident US correspondents in Beijing in 30 years, the small American press corps struggled to break through the barriers of politics, language, and culture, while confronting the technological challenges of operating in a developing country long cut off from the West, seeking to convey to American audiences a sense of China at a moment of dramatic change.

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The lead reporter is Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the Institute and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent. Former U.S. ambassador to China Winston Lord described the series as an “essential and invaluable” resource for understanding the role the U.S. media has played in shaping American and international perceptions of the country.

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Lunchtime Chinese Lessons

Come join AAJA for our first lunchtime Chinese lesson this Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:15 p.m. in the Stabile Student Center.
Jenna Dagenhart and Alfred Miller will lead us with vocabs and phrases journalists might need out on the field. All skill-levels are welcome.