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Friday, October 9 • 20:00 - 21:15
World Premiere -- Assignment China: Follow the money

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ASSIGNMENT CHINA: FOLLOW THE MONEY (55 minutes)

Presented by Mike Chinoy, USC US-China Institute

In many decades of Western news coverage of China, 2012 was a watershed moment. In the space of just a few months, a Bloomberg News team headed by correspondent Michael Forsythe publishing a sweeping expose of how relatives of China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has earned vast fortunes in a variety of often disguised business deals. Soon after, David Barboza of the New York Times published his own revelations of the wealth accumulated by the relatives of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

Both stories broke new ground, not only in terms of what they revealed about China’s new rich, but also as examples of a new kind of investigative journalism that has become increasingly important for covering a rapidly changing China. The correspondents took advantage of China’s evolution towards a more open, internationally engaged, market-style economy to unravel a series of complex, opaque, often hidden set of business dealings reaching to the highest levels in the People’s Republic.

The behind-the-scenes story of the journalists who conducted the investigations -- and faced the dramatic, controversial, and often frightening consequences -- is the subject of “Follow the Money.” Based on extensive interviews with most of the leading figures involved, the film chronicles the emergence of a new kind of journalism that will become increasingly crucial as reporters -- and the public at large -- seek to understand the dynamics of a new, wealthy, and increasingly powerful China.

“Follow the Money” is the final episode of Assignment China, a 12-part series chronicling the history of American correspondents in China from the 1940s to the present day produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. The lead reporter is Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the Institute and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and senior asia correspondent.


Moderators
avatar for Ying Chan

Ying Chan

Founder & Honorary Professor, Hong Kong University
Ying is a writer, educator, and the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, at Hong Kong University. As an academic unit of HKU, the JMSC offers professional graduate and undergraduate degrees in journalism, and MPhil and PhD degrees. She was also the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. | Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Ying Chan spent 23 years working as a... Read More →
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Christine Engh

Sub editor, Aftenposten
Christine Engh is sub editor at Norway's leading quality newspaper, Aftenposten. | She is chief programmer for the Investigative Film Festival at GIJC-2015.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Chinoy

Mike Chinoy

Senior fellow, USC U.S.-China Institute
Mike Chinoy was CNN's Senior Asia Correspondent and served as a foreign correspondent for more than thirty years. After joining CNN at its London bureau in 1983, Chinoy served as Beijing Bureau Chief from 1987 to 1995. During that time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, earning the CableACE, duPont and Peabody awards. He was also Hong Kong Bureau Chief for five years. His other awards include the Silver Medal from the New York Film... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 20:00 - 21:15
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

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