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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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Following Mass Protests, Hong Kong Suspends Extradition Bill

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Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, pauses during a news conference in Hong Kong on Saturday. The Hong Kong government will suspend consideration of a China-backed extradition bill that triggered massive protests. Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Employees peek through the door of a showroom at a food factory in Pyongyang, North Korea. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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Why South Korea Is Sending $8 Million In Food Aid To North Korea

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2 Killed During Stabbing Attack In Japan

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Prelude To A Rumble: In Visit Including Wrestling Match, U.S.-Japan Rifts Exposed

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Trade Is Likely To Come Up During Trump's Visit To Japan

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In this episode last September of News From Soldiers' Hometowns, an evening show on North Korea's Korean Central Television, the show's anchor is interrupted by a presenter who walks on with papers in hand to deliver an update. DPRK Today/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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With New Style And Graphics, North Korea Gives Propaganda A Makeover

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Historic First For Asia: Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

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A South Korean woman has her head shaved in a photograph taken by Jeon Bora. Having short hair and no makeup is a common symbol of the "escape the corset" movement, which aims to reject South Korea's standards of beauty and social pressure to conform. Jeon's photographs document the women involved in this movement in stark black-and-white images. Jeon Bora hide caption

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South Korean Women 'Escape The Corset' And Reject Their Country's Beauty Ideals

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Japan's Emperor Akihito, with Empress Michiko, waves to well-wishers in the central Japanese prefecture of Mie on April 18. Emperor Akihito takes part in a series of rituals ahead of his abdication. Kazuhiro Ngoi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Emperor Akihito, Japan's 'Surprising Pacifist,' Steps Down After 30 Years

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Japan's Emperor Akihito Abdicates The Chrysanthemum Throne

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Japan's Emperor To Abdicate Throne For 1st Time In 2 Centuries

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