Assignment China: An Oral History of American Journalists in the People’s Republic Featuring Mike Chinoy

Apr 6, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join the 21st Century China Center and UC San Diego Library for a book talk on “Assignment China: An Oral History of American Journalists in the People’s Republic,” followed by a conversation with author and journalist Mike Chinoy. The event will be moderated by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Pickowicz and is free and open to the public.

The China beat is one of the toughest in journalism and one of the most important. How the U.S. media has covered the country has profoundly influenced American government policy and shaped public opinion in the U.S. and around the world.

“Assignment China,” a remarkable new book by former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy, is the story of the American journalists who have covered China — from 1949 through the COVID-19 pandemic — told in their own words. PBS’ Judy Woodruff described the book as “riveting reading for anyone who wants to understand China, or cares about how great reporters do their work.”

This event will be held in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library. There will also be a virtual option for those who prefer to join online:

  • In-Person Event: Register via Eventbrite online here.
  • Zoom Webinar: Click here to register, do not use the red button.


  • 4-5 p.m.: Book talk with Mike Chinoy, moderated by Paul Pickowicz
  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Post-event reception and book signing (for in-person attendees only)


Mike Chinoy, Former CNN senior Asia correspondent and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute, University of Southern California


Paul Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies, UC San Diego

About the 21st Century China Center

The 21st Century China Center was established in 2011 at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). It is a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations.

The center’s core activities emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement. They include collaborative research projects, conferences, workshops, policy forums, industry roundtables, publications, public lectures, cultural events, and youth programs.

Parking and Directions

For directions and parking information for this event, click here. All visitors to the UC San Diego campus are required to display a valid parking pass. The closest parking to Geisel Library is the Hopkins Parking Structure. For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

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Jen Cormier