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Royal Asiatic Society Beijing – “From Rebel to Reporter: 40 Years Working in China” By former CNN Bureau Chief Jaime FlorCruz – 23/1/18

Posted: January 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

“From Rebel to Reporter: 40 Years Working in China”

By former CNN Bureau Chief Jaime FlorCruz

In August 1971, Jaime FlorCruz was a left-leaning Filipino student, leading a study tour to China for idealistic Filipino activists. But back in Manila then-strongman Ferdinand Marcos put his name on an immigration blacklist and declared martial law. FlorCruz risked arrest — and worse — if he were to return to his homeland under Marco’s repressive rule. As a result, he and four other Filipinos from his group embarked on a new life in China, an experience he described (on hindsight) as being “stranded in the right place at the right time.” In his talk Jaime will recount his unique nearly five-decade-long journey through Chinese contemporary history. He’s worked on a state farm and a fishing boat. He entered Beida after it reopened following the Cultural Revolution, counting among his schoolmates famous names such as Li Keqiang and Bo Xilai. And, after the late Deng Xiaoping declared an era of “reform and opening up”, FlorCruz began an unexpected career in journalism. He worked first for Newsweek, then Time, and finally as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief before retiring in Dec. 2014 — after the longest single unbroken stay in Beijing by a foreign correspondent.

WHAT: Former CNN Bureau Chief Jaime FlorCruz on “From Rebel to Reporter: My Four Decades Working in China”
WHEN: Jan. 23, 2018, Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:30 PM
WHERE: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing tel: 6586 9507
Free for RASBJ and Bookworm members but advanced registration required;
RMB 80 with advanced registration for non-members/general public (includes welcome drink);
RMB 100 at the door on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS

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