April 16, 2024

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Former CNN Correspondent Examines American Media’s China Coverage

Mike Chinoy, left, and William J. Holstein

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The Overseas Press Club of America, ChinaFile and Strategy Risks invite former China correspondents and others interested in China to an OPC Book Night to discuss Assignment China – An Oral History of American Journalists in the People’s Republic.

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Mike Chinoy, who covered the Tiananmen massacre for CNN among other major stories, has written a book that captures the voices of dozens of American journalists who covered everything from the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) through the Covid epidemic and subsequent expulsions. At a time of unprecedented strains in U.S.-Chinese relations, Chinoy will be joined by other China Hands as well as representatives from major universities and non-profit organizations with deep expertise in China to discussion questions such as these:

• Did the American media misjudge Xi Jinping’s rise to power 10 years ago and miss capturing the true nature of his ambitions at home and abroad?

• Has the American media’s coverage of China become too negative and shrill–or does it accurately reflect the state of affairs?

• If U.S.-Chinese relations continue to deteriorate, will more American and Western journalists be denied visas or pressured to leave the country?

Chinoy is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. He spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, serving as the network’s first Beijing bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent. Before joining CNN, Chinoy worked for CBS News and NBC News. He has won Emmy, Dupont, and Peabody awards.

Moderator: William J. Holstein, former China correspondent and past president of the OPC. Co-author of the forthcoming, “Battlefield Cyber: How China and Russia Are Undermining Our Democracy and National Security.”

ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Asia Society and Strategy Risks is a consultancy founded by Isaac Stone Fish, who spent seven years in Beijing.

Cash Bar: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Book Talk: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Networking and Book Signing: 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time