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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Before moving to Seoul in 2018, he traveled to the region to cover major stories including the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster.

Kuhn previously served two five-year stints in Beijing, China, for NPR, during which he covered major stories such as the Beijing Olympics, geopolitical jousting in the South China Sea, and the lives of Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minorities in China's borderlands.

He took a particular 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.

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 Sepulchre, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Prior 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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A man sets up portraits of North Korean defector Han Seong-ok and her 6-year-old son, who are believed to have died from starvation, at a makeshift shrine in downtown Seoul on Aug. 28. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In South Korea, Anguish Over Deaths Of North Korean Defectors Who May Have Starved

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South Korea's Indifference Blamed For Deaths Of North Korea Defectors

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Riot police fire tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Aug. 25. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands

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U.S. Faces Challenges In Managing Tensions Between South Korea And Japan

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Protesters hold placards reading 'No Abe!' earlier this month during a demonstration against Japan's removal of South Korea from a list of trusted trading partners in Seoul. Jean Chung/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo

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Police In Hong Kong Are Caught Between Protesters And The Government

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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Landmines Remain From Korean War But Serve No Purpose

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In Hong Kong, Moderate And Radical Protesters Join Forces To Avoid Past Divisions

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Anti-Government Protesters In Hong Kong Join Hands, Form Human Chains Across The City

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South Korea has announced it will withdraw from a 2016 military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. Here, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, trailing at left, walk in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday. HOW Hwee Young/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Huge Weekend Of Pro-Democracy Protests In Hong Kong Appear To Be Peaceful

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In A Pro-Beijing Neighborhood Of Hong Kong, Protesters Are Unwelcome

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Indications Point To Division Within Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

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A Look At Some Of the Pro-Beijing Neighborhoods In Hong Kong

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Protesters Occupy Hong Kong International Airport, Causing Cancellations And Delays

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