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Journalists telling stories, from their own experience

US journalists have gathered in midtown Manhattan to hear some of their peers’ exciting stories whilst covering news as foreign correspondents in Hong Kong in the second half of the last century (Dec 12). Prolific writer Richard Bernstein travelled to Hong Kong for Time Magazine in 1975 to cover China from the former British colony. With Sino-US diplomatic relations beginning to take shape, the journalist from New York opened the magazine's Beijing bureau in 1980, making him the first Time correspondent in China.

Former Hong Kong Standard journalist Yvonne Dunleavy and award-winning author/journalist Bill Holstein recounted their respective personal experiences of covering protests in front of Government House during the tense standoff between pro-Communist forces and the colonial government, and the hair-raising experience of landing at Kai Tak Airport in a typhoon.

Former Forbes journalist Andrew Tanzer took pride in interviewing many of the business movers and shakers, including notoriously media-shy Hong Kong businessman Robert Kuok. His 1997 interview with the Malaysian-Chinese tycoon made the cover of the financial magazine. He is the co-author of the recently published memoir of Mr Kuok, dubbed the sugar king, which has sold out in its first print run.

Richard Bernstein opened Time Magazine's Beijing bureau in 1980.
Richard Bernstein opened Time Magazine's Beijing bureau in 1980.
 
Yvonne Dunleavy (right) and Bill Holstein (left) recounted their personal experiences as journalists in Hong Kong.
Yvonne Dunleavy (right) and Bill Holstein (left) recounted their personal experiences as journalists in Hong Kong.
     
 
Andrew Tanzer is the co-author of the the recently published memoir of Robert Kuok
Andrew Tanzer is the co-author of the the recently published memoir of Robert Kuok
 
 


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