Past Event

Reporting Asia Panel Discussion and WEAI Alumni Reception

July 13, 2019
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

Asia is in the news. Headlines are dominated by trade wars with China or the possibility of actual war with North Korea. Yet, even while reasoned and nuanced reportage on Asia is urgently needed, it has become increasingly difficult to do so. 

On July 13, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to the 2019 Columbia Beijing Summer East Asian Studies Series -- Reporting Asia Panel Discussion. 

This discussion is the third event in the "Reporting Asia Lecture Series," which features seasoned writers, editors, and journalists who have experience in reporting on different parts of Asia. Together they speak to the new and challenging environment which reporters and observers of Asia face today.

This series is also part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute's 70th anniversary programming.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception for Institute alumni.



Keith Bradsher is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Shanghai bureau chief for The New York Times and the company's senior writer for Asia economics and business. He reopened the Shanghai bureau in November, 2016. He has previously served as the Hong Kong Bureau Chief and the Detroit Bureau Chief for The Times. Before those postings, he was a Washington correspondent for The Times, covering international trade and then the Federal Reserve, and a New York-based business reporter, covering transportation and then telecommunications.

Born in 1964, Mr. Bradsher received a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead scholar. He received a master's degree in public policy with a concentration in economics from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Bradsher wrote for The Los Angeles Times from 1987 until 1989.



Eugenia Lean is currently the Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Associate Professor of Chinese history at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. She received her BA from Stanford University (1990), and her MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from UCLA. She is interested in a broad range of topics in late imperial and modern Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of science and industry, mass media, consumer culture, affect studies and gender, as well as law and urban society. She is also interested in issues of historiography and critical theory in the study of East Asia. She is the author of Public Passions: the Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (UC Press, 2007), which was awarded the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history, given by the American Historical Association.

Professor Lean is currently researching a project titled "Manufacturing China's Vernacular Industrialism: Nativist Tinkerer and Toothpowder Magnate, Chen Diexian (1879-1940)," which examines the practices and writings of maverick figure Chen Diexian, a professional writer/editor, science enthusiast, and pharmaceutical industrialist. The project aims to explore the intersection among vernacular science, global commerce, and ways of authenticating knowledge and things in an era of mass communication.



Xiaobo Lü is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. Professor Lü was the founding Director of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing in 2008-10.  While in China, he was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and taught courses at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua. He also lectured at Remin, Zhongshan, and Peking Universities and participated in several conferences on regulatory reform and environmental governance in China.

Professor Lü teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, and comparative politics. His research interests include post-socialist transition, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. As a principle investigator, he was responsible for leading an international research project, "Central-local relations and environmental governance in China", funded by Global Public Policy Network (consisted of Columbia, LSE, and Sciences-po) in 2008-10. Currently he is working on a book manuscript, From Player to Referee: the Rise of the Regulatory State in China.



2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion on "Reporting Asia"


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Reception



The event will be in English.

Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the program. Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]