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Asian media specialist to bring knowledge of China’s industry

Philip Cunningham, professor of media studies and expert in Asian media, will present "China Media Inside and Out," a discussion of the modern media industry in China, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in Nevins Theater Powell Campus Center, on the Alfred University campus.

Cunningham is currently a visiting scholar in Asian Studies at Cornell University. Cunningham is fluent in Thai, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese and has had a distinguished career as a journalist and a teacher. He was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and conducted research on Asian media as Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Cunningham visited China in 1983 and worked as a tour guide and cruise director for several years before pursuing his journalism career. He has written about Japan and China for over 20 years.

He is the author of the 2009 book "Tiananmen Moon," an eyewitness account of events that took place in Beijing during the 1980s when he resided there.

Cunningham has been published by American and international news organizations including Japan Times, South China Morning Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and Bangkok Post.

He has also worked on several film and television productions, including Hollywood blockbusters "The Last Emperor" and "Empire of the Sun" and numerous television documentaries such as "China Now," "Changing China," "BBC Panorama," and "The Gate of Heavenly Peace."

The Confucius Institute of Alfred University, a partnership begun in 2008 among the University, the Office of the International Chinese Language Council, and China University of Geosciences, is sponsoring "China Media Inside and Out." The Confucius Institute promotes Chinese language and culture through education in upstate New York. For more information on the institute or on Cunningham’s upcoming presentation, visit http://confucius.alfred.e....