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Special Screening & Dinner - Mike Chinoy's new film - Assignment China: Tiananmen Square

Date : Tuesday 27-May-2014
Time : 6:30- 9:00pm
Venue : Lock Cha Teahouse, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$380.00 (Member)
: HK$480.00 (Associate)
  : HK$480.00 (Guest)
Contact Person : Liza Boltz: events@harvardhk.org

The Yale and Harvard Clubs of Hong Kong would like to invite you to a special screening and dinner hosted by Mike Chinoy, B.A. ’73. Tea and a light dim sum selection will be served.

Only 50 seats available! Register with Liza Boltz events@harvardhk.org

Assignment China: Tiananmen Square

For Western journalists, China has long been one of the most coveted foreign postings – and also among the most daunting. How to explain to readers and viewers back home a nation so vast, complicated and different -- and changing at such breakneck speed?  

Mike Chinoy ‘73, distinguished former Asia correspondent for CNN, has spent a lifetime grappling with that challenge. In recent years, as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. – China Institute at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Mike has explored the difficulties of getting “the China story” right in Assignment China, an acclaimed multi-part documentary chronicling the experiences of veteran China correspondents.   

On Tuesday, May 27, Mike will join us for a special screening of the latest and arguably most dramatic installment of the Assignment China series, which focuses on the tumultuous events in Tiananmen Square in spring of 1989.

Mike, who served as CNN’s Beijing bureau chief from 1987-95 and witnessed the events in the Square first hand, argues that the period was a crucial turning point, not only in China’s development, but also in the evolution of the global media. Western coverage of what happened in Tiananmen that spring 25 years ago, he contends, “became a defining moment in the Information Age,” transforming forever the relationship between press, public opinion and foreign policy making.” The Tiananmen story, and how a small group of journalists on the scene told it, “continues to influence both Chinese politics and international perceptions of China to this day.”

With video footage and still photos, some never before shown in public, Assignment China: Tiananmen Square offers a behind-the-scenes account of the confrontation in the Square and its aftermath as told by the men and women struggling to report it to the rest of the world. Among the correspondents interviewed for this installment: Dan Southerland of the Washington Post; Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn of the New York Times; John Pomfret of the AP; Jeff Widener, the AP photographer who took the picture of the man in front of the tank; Dan Rather, John Sheahan, and Richard Roth  of CBS News; Bernard Shaw, Alec Miran, Johnathan Schaer  (who shot the CNN tank man video) from CNN; Jim Laurie of ABC;  Jaime FlorCruz of Time; Adi Ignatius of the Wall St. Journal; Dorinda Elliot of Newsweek; plus many others.  Non-media interviewees include former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, former American ambassadors to China Winston Lord and James Lilley, Tiananmen student leader Wang Dan, and others.

The Yale Club of Hong Kong and Harvard Club of Hong Kong are pleased to host this screening jointly, and in a unique venue, the Lock Cha Teahouse in Hong Kong Park. After the screening, Mike will take questions from club members and their guests. Mike’s screenings of previous installments of Assignment China have been among the club’s most popular events; this one promises to be every bit as fascinating. Don’t wait to register: due to limited seating capacity at the teahouse, we can only accommodate 50 people.  

Background on Mike Chinoy

Mike Chinoy, Yale class of 1973, is a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and the creator of the Assignment China documentary series on the history of American correspondents in China.

Previously, he spent three years at Pacific Council on International Policy writing Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.

Before joining the Pacific Council, Chinoy spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, and nearly a decade as Hong Kong Bureau Chief and Senior Asia Correspondent. He began his career with CBS and NBC in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

He has reported on the most important events in Asia since that time, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power “ revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, and developments in North Korea, where he has made 15 visits.