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Film Screening: Assignment China: Tiananmen Square

Co-sponsored by the GW School of Media & Public Affairs and
the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Doors Open: 6:15 PM
Event: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

This documentary film screening (showing at GW in its Washington, DC premiere) is 90 minutes, followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A.


The Tiananmen Square crisis in 1989 was a turning point for China. Weeks of student-led demonstrations ended in a bloody military crackdown, with far-reaching consequences not only for China's development but for its relations with the rest of the world.

Assignment China: Tiananmen Square, produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and narrated by former CNN Beijing bureau chief Mike Chinoy, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the reporters who covered the dramatic events in Beijing that spring. It features interviews with most of the leading American journalists who were there, as well as diplomats and scholars, and contains rare video clips and photos from that tumultuous time.

Interact at the post-screening discussion with these experts:

Edward McCord (moderator), Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Associate Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Taiwan Education and Research Program

Dan Southerland, Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia

Jim Mann, former Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times




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