12.20.2009

Jan 6th - my first event of 2010 -- China Environmental Movement


Terraces part way up the sides of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China (photo from Wikipedia)


If you are in San Francisco and are free from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Jan 6th 2010, consider joining me for an event to learn about China's Environmental Movement.

I have become our Foundation's unofficial interpreter whenever we have important scholars or government officials visiting from China. This time, I am very honored to be the interpreter for Liu Jianqiang and to kick off 2010 this way!

China’s Environmental Movement - A Journalist’s Perspective

Speaker: Liu Jianqiang 刘鉴强
Co-sponsored by: Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, China Dialogue, Pacific Environment, and the Sierra Club
Free admission but you need to rsvp here to reserve a spot.

Event Introduction:

Please join us for a presentation on China's rapidly evolving environmental movement by one of China's pioneering environmental journalists. Liu Jianqiang is a research associate of the Peking University Center for Nature and Society and Visiting Scholar at UC. Berkeley. He also serves as columnist and associate editor for www.chinadialogue.net.

Liu was formerly a senior investigative reporter at Southern Weekend, China's most influential investigative newspaper, where he provided front-line and in-depth coverage of China's burgeoning environmental movement. Some of Liu's most influential articles include his 2004 expose on the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge dams in Yunnan province. The story was personally read by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who then ordered the project to be suspended pending a central government investigation. Liu’s 2005 article on the Summer Palace lake reconstruction resulted in the State Environmental Protection Administration holding China’s first state-level public environmental hearing.

Liu was a 2005 nominee for the State Environmental Protection Administration's "China Environmental Protection Person of the Year" award. He received the SOPA 2008 Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Publishers in Asia, as well as the TNC-SEE Award for Environmental Reporting in 2009.


If you read Chinese, here are two posts from Liu's personal blog that I find particularly interesting:

全世界儿童看不懂的问题

10岁小男孩在美国的第一次募捐

Hope to see you then!

1 comment:

Alice said...

Wow- I had mentioned Liu Jianqiang in my last research paper on civil society development and the rise of environmental NGOs in China!