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Screening: Tiananmen Square

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a screening of an episode of the Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China. This episode focuses on the work of journalists covering the massive demonstrations that rocked Beijing in spring 1989. Followed by a Q&A with USCI's Mike Chinoy, who covered the demonstrations for CNN.


April 9, 2019 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tiananmen Square is part of the institute's Assignment: China series. This episode focuses on the work of journalists covering the massive demonstrations that rocked Beijing in spring 1989. Through interviews with those journalists as well as officials and demonstration leaders as well as archival photos and video, the documentary shows how the demonstrations and the violence that ended them drew unprecedented and sustained coverage. That coverage did much to shape perceptions of China and its government and helped influence the response of the US and other governments to the bloody crackdown.

Assignment:China is produced by the USC U.S.-China Institute. Mike Chinoy, CNN's Beijing bureau chief 1987-95, wrote and narrates the episode. 

Mike Chinoy is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the USC U.S.-Institute. For more than twenty years he reported for CNN, ending as the network's Senior Asia Correspondent. Chinoy opened CNN's Beijing bureau in 1987 and was the bureau chief there until 1995. During that time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, earning the CableACE, duPont and Peabody awards. He was also Hong Kong Bureau Chief for five years. His other awards include the Silver Medal from the New York Film Festival and Asian Television Awards for his reporting in Indonesia and Taiwan. Chinoy's published two books, China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution (1999) and Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis (2008). He taught at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and ran the School's Hong Kong summer program 2007-2009. From 2006-2009 he was Edgerton Senior Fellow at the Pacific Council for International Policy. 

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