NEW YORK, January 30, 2014 - Photojournalist Mark Leong, ChinaFile editor Susan Jakes and Orville Schell, Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, share firsthand perspectives on covering the People's Republic. (1 hr., 2 min.)
Susan Jakes is the Editor of ChinaFile, a new online magazine published by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations. She reported for Time from 2000-2007, first as a reporter and editor based in Hong Kong and then as the magazine's Beijing Correspondent.
Mark Leong is a fifth-generation Chinese-American from Sunnyvale, California. After graduating from Harvard University in 1988, he received a George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship to visit China for the first time, where he spent a year traveling around the country taking pictures. He returned to China in 1992 as an artist-in-residence at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, sponsored by a fellowship from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and in 1997 made his long-term home in Beijing, where he has lived since.
In 2003, Leong joined the Redux Pictures photo agency. A book of his black and white work, China Obscura, was published in 2004. He is a contributing photographer for National Geographic and his photographs have appeared in TIME, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, GQ, and Stern. His work has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fifty Crows, and the Overseas Press Club. In 2010, he was named the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year for his regional coverage of the Asian wildlife trade.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.