Anthony Kuhn
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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Bejing, China, covering the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Throughout his coverage he has taken an interest in China's rich traditional culture and its impact on the current day. He has recorded the sonic calling cards of itinerant merchants in Beijing's back alleys, and the descendants of court musicians of the Tang Dynasty. He has profiled petitioners and rights lawyers struggling for justice, and educational reformers striving to change the way Chinese think.

From 2010-2013, Kuhn was NPR's Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among other stories, he explored Borneo and Sumatra, and witnessed the fight to preserve the biodiversity of the world's oldest forests. He also followed Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, as she rose from political prisoner to head of state.

During a previous tour in China from 2006-2010, Kuhn covered the Beijing Olympics, and the devastating Sichuan earthquake that preceded it. He looked at life in the heart of Lhasa, Tibet's capital, and the recovery of Japan's northeast coast after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Kuhn served as NPR's correspondent in London from 2004-2005, covering stories including the London subway bombings, and the marriage of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Besides his major postings, Kuhn's journalistic horizons have been expanded by various short-term assignments. These produced stories including wartime black humor in Iraq, musical diplomacy by the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, North Korea, a kerfuffle over the plumbing in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Previous to joining NPR, Kuhn wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review and freelanced for various news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. He majored in French Literature as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, and later did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14. Xi offered tens of billions of dollars for projects that are part of his signature foreign policy initiative linking China to much of Asia, Europe and Africa. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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For China's 'New Silk Road,' Ambitious Goals And More Than A Few Challenges

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China's President Outlines Plans For A New Silk Road

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In this photo from March 17, released by China Aid, Chen Guiqiu (right) holds a welcome sign with her daughters Xie Yajuan, 15, and Xie Yuchen, 4, after arriving at an airport in Texas. Chen's husband, lawyer Xie Yang, was charged with inciting subversion. Courtesy of ChinaAid hide caption

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For Family Of Embattled Chinese Lawyer, A Long Road To Safety — With U.S. Help

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U.S. Envoys Help Chinese Human Rights Lawyer's Family Stage Prison Escape

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Yasunori Kagoike (center) head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, walks through the hallway after testifying before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo on March 23. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Land Deal For Right-Wing Elementary School Plagues Japanese Prime Minister

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Jakarta's Minority Christian Governor Convicted Of Blasphemy

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North Korea Marks Founding Of Its Military With Artillery Exercise

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North Korea Detains American Citizen In Pyongyang

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In Japan, Pence Talks Trade And North Korea's Threat To The Region

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News Brief: Trump Executive Order, Pence In Japan, Sears In Trouble

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Vice President Pence Sends Warning To North Korea Amid Rising Tensions

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Ming lives in this mud brick home, three miles outside Beijing city limits. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Beijing Mega-Region Plan Aims To Alleviate Poverty, But Some Are Wary

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump shake hands during dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, during the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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