People are invited to listen to a wide-ranging discussion with Edward Wong, Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times. He will talk about topics he has covered since 2008, including Chinese politics, foreign policy, propaganda, the environment, human rights, ethnic conflict and the art of reporting in the age of Xi Jinping. He will be joined by leading scholars for a conversation on where China is headed in the coming years at home and on the international stage.
In more than 17 years at the Times, Wong has reported across the Middle East and Asia, including in Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar. Before his China assignment, he worked as a correspondent in the Baghdad bureau, where he covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007.
He received the Livingston Award for his coverage of Iraq and was part of a team from the Baghdad bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He received a prize for environmental reporting from the Society of Publishers in Asia for stories in 2013 on China’s pollution crisis and shared an earlier prize in feature writing for a series on China’s global influence.
Wong first went to China in 1996, when he studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University. He has also studied Mandarin at Middlebury College and Taiwan University. He graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English literature. He has dual master’s degrees in international studies and journalism from UC Berkeley.
Hear his talk on Monday, Jan. 23, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UCLA School of Law, room 1420. This event is cosponsored by the Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Chinese Studies and the UCLA School of Law.