This is a "Speaking of China" Lecture, sponsored by Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Anna Morgan Fund from the Department of Religion (SAS), the Rutgers Global-China Office, and the Department of Journalism and Media Studies (SC&I). It is open to the public, but registration is required.
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In this wide-ranging conversation with one of the most prominent Western journalists on China, Ian Johnson will offer a reflection on his over 20 years of experience in China. He will also talk about recent religious revival in China and how people document unofficial history there.
Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He is the author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao (Pantheon, 2017). He is a winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Schlars program for a new book he is writing on China's unofficial history.
Johnson first went to China as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, and then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with Baltimore's The Sun, and from 1997 to 2001 with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered macro economics, China's WTO accession and social issues. In 2009, Johnson returned to China, and since then has lived there till recently as a writer for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and other publications.
He has won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China, as well as two awards from the Overseas Press Club, and an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2017, he won Stanford University's Shorenstein Journalism Award for his body of work covering Asia. In 2019 he won the American Academy of Religion's "Best in-depth news writing" award.
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