Anthony Kuhn Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea.
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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Seoul, South Korea

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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Wednesday

The battle of balloons between North Korea and South Korea

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Sunday

4 East Asian countries are holding a summit after 4 years. The U.S. will be watching

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Friday

Iranians React President's Death; North Korean Propaganda Goes Viral

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A North Korean propaganda music video has gone TikTok viral. South Korea isn't amused

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Thursday

A song praising North’s leader Kim Jong Un is a surprise viral hit

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Friday

Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto (left) speaks to reporters with Vice President-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka (second left) as they arrive at the plenary session of the General Elections Commission after his main rivals' challenges to his election victory were rejected in Jakarta, April 24. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

A vendor holds a portrait of Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24. Achmad Ibrahim/AP hide caption

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Indonesia's next president has a complicated history with the U.S.

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Wednesday

South Korea begins the first public hearings on a climate lawsuit in Asia

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Friday

Hawaiian-born sumo wrestler Akebono is dead at 54

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Thursday

How can the U.S. counter China's expanding influence in Asia? Court its neighbors

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Wednesday

12th Marine Littoral: We visit a newly formed U.S. Marine Corps unit based in Japan

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Tuesday

Okinawa's peace movement struggles as military presence on the islands grows

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People walk by a poster to promote the movie "Oppenheimer" Friday, March 29, 2024, in Tokyo. "Oppenheimer" finally premiered in the nation where two cities were obliterated 79 years ago by the nuclear weapons invented by the American scientist who was the subject of the Oscar-winning film. Japanese filmgoers' reactions understandably were mixed and highly emotional. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Friday

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'Oppenheimer' finally premieres in Japan to mixed reactions and high emotions

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Sunday

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Korean food gets a Michelin-starred makeover in Seoul restaurants

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Wednesday

Southeast Asian has its first high-speed railway — in Indonesia

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Tuesday

South East Asia has its first high-speed rail system with assistance from China

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Friday

A medical worker walks to enter Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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South Korea launches legal action to force striking doctors back to work

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Thursday

Doctors in South Korea walk out in strike of work conditions

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Wednesday

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, the current defense minister, addresses supporters at an event Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia. Oscar Siagian/Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-general Prabowo Subianto claims victory in Indonesia's presidential election

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Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy, has voted for a new president

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