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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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South Korean semiconductor makers are giving the U.S. data, but with some concern

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South Korean cast members (from left) Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon in a scene from Squid Game. The series is a globally popular South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children's games for a chance to escape severe debt. Youngkyu Park/AP hide caption

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For cash-strapped South Koreans, the class conflict in 'Squid Game' is deadly serious

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Low turnout among young voters in Japan may mean the ruling party stays in power

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Japan's Princess Mako marries a commoner and loses her royal status

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Princess Mako, who became Mako Komuro, and her husband, Kei Komuro, pose during a news conference at Grand Arc Hotel on Tuesday in Tokyo to announce their wedding. Nicolas Datiche/Pool//Getty Images hide caption

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Japan's Princess Mako will relocate to New York after marrying a nonroyal

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Lee Bae-yong, the first woman to officiate a Confucian ceremony in the country's long history with Confucianism, at Museong Seowon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jun Michael Park for NPR hide caption

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A woman takes a lead role in Confucian ceremonies, breaking a new path in South Korea

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North Korea launches its eighth missile test of the year

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Efforts are being made to fix South Korea's gender inequality at its cultural roots

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Parliament elects Fumio Kishida as new Prime Minister of Japan

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Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida poses for a portrait following a news conference Wednesday at Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo after his election as party president. Du Xiaoyi/Pool via AP hide caption

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Fumio Kishida Will Be Japan's Next Prime Minister

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Taro Kono, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and currently the minister in charge of vaccinations, delivers a speech in Tokyo on Sept. 17. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AP hide caption

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Members Of Quad Summit Will Discuss Ways To Counter China's Rise

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The last Quad meeting, in March, was virtual. President Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister (top right), Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister (bottom left), and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, will meet in person in the U.S. on Friday. Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Taro Kono Wants To Be Japan's Prime Minister And He's Getting A Lot Of Attention

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