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Anthony Kuhn

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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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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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North Korea Launches 2 Ballistic Missiles. First Such Test In 6 Months

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bows during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Friday, following his announcement that he will not seek reelection for Liberal Democratic Party leadership this month. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Japan's Leader Will Step Down, Damaged By Criticism Of His COVID Response

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Less Than A Year In Office, Japan's Yoshihide Suga Won't Seek Reelection

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Satellite Photos Show North Korea Has Resumed Processing Nuclear Fuel, IAEA Says

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North Korean Kang Ho-Rye (second from left), 89, hugs her South Korean relative at a resort at Mount Kumgang, North Korea, in August 2018. Almost 100 South Koreans crossed the armed border to the North to meet their separated families. The U.S. bars citizens from entering North Korea, but some Korean Americans hope the Biden administration will lift the ban and let them visit again. Lee Su-Kil/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Americans Can't Visit North Korea. Some Who Have Family There Hope Biden Changes That

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