Assignment China: A Conversation with Mike Chinoy
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California
The China beat is one of the toughest in journalism- and one of the most important. How the US media has covered the country has profoundly influenced American government policy and shaped public opinion, not only in the US but also, given the clout and reach of American news organizations, around the world.
Assignment China, a remarkable new book by former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy, is the story of the American journalists who have covered China—from the Communist revolution of 1949 through the COVID-19 pandemic—told in their own words.
Described by Judy Woodruff of PBS as “riveting reading for anyone who wants to understand China, or cares about how great reporters do their work, Assignment China provides important insights about China, journalism, and Sino-American relations at a critically important time.”
Mike 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 won Emmy, Dupont, and Peabody awards for his coverage of China. He is the author of five books: China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, The Last POW, Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement, and Assignment China.
The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.