January 21, 2021

Archive Event Highlight

War, Love and Survival in the 1970s: an OPC Chat with Jim Laurie

Join the OPC for cocktails and conversation with OPC member and past award winner Jim Laurie to discuss his new book, The Last Helicopter: Two Lives in Indochina, a memoir of his early days in Indochina. The program will include an opportunity for attendees to share experiences covering the Vietnam War and other wars, to reflect on how media coverage of Asia has changed over the past fifty years, and to watch some remarkable video from the period.

OPC Past President David Andelman will be the moderator.

The book, published by FocusAsia Productions Ltd. in September, explores the war in Indochina, the communist victories five years later in Phnom Penh and Saigon and the survival story of a young woman he knew trapped behind in the killing fields of Cambodia – through the eyes of a 22 year old in 1970.

RSVPs are essential. Please register now to receive a Zoom link via email about an hour before the program.

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Laurie is an award-winning international broadcaster, writer, and media consultant who previously worked as international correspondent for NBC News and ABC News. In addition to multiple television news Emmys, Laurie was awarded a 1976 George Foster Peabody Award for his coverage of the fall of Saigon and the OPC’s 1983 Ben Grauer Award for best radio spot news for his coverage of the Philippines.

Laurie’s book is available from Amazon.com here >>