Anthony Kuhn International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn is currently based in Beijing, China.
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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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Authorities have given residents in Jiugong Township of Beijing, many of whom are migrant laborers, just days to clear out before they shut off all electricity and water. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out

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Pushing Out Of Migrant Laborers Sparks Controversy In China

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LeEco CEO Jia Yueting speaks in San Francisco in October 2016. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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For China's High-Flying Tycoons, A Precarious Balance

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Navy Releases Names Of 3 Sailors Killed In Crash Off Japan

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Myanmar And Bangladesh Announce Tentative Deal On Rohingya Crisis

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News Brief: Roy Moore's Communication Director Resigns, Politics In Lebanon

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China Grows Bolder On The World Stage

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What Came Out Of President Trump's Trip To China

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No Major Breakthroughs Are Reported During Trump-Xi Talks

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, hosted President Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing on Wednesday at the start of the third leg of Trump's Asian tour. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Lavishes Red-Carpet Treatment On Trump As He Arrives For Talks With Xi Jinping

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President Trump Continues Asia Trip With Meetings, State Banquet In Japan

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China's Tycoons Fall From Grace

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Xi Jinping (center) approaches the podium as other members of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee applaud on Wednesday. Xi unveiled a new leadership lineup that included no clear potential successors, raising questions about whether he might seek to stay in office beyond 2022. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Among China's New Leaders, The One Person Missing Is A Clear Successor To Xi Jinping

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In China, President Xi Jinping Unveils Country's Leaders For The Next Five Years

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