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  • Speaker | 12 June, 2019

    Stories from behind the lens

    Pictures and footage speak louder than a thousand words and every day, photo- and video journalists strive to deliver news in a creative format while dealing with different kinds of obstacles and the pressure to capture a piece of news while it’s happening.
    Beijing based photo journalists Wiktor Dabkowski and Yan Cong will, together with video journalist Pak Yiu offer a unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to see stories they have worked on and share their experience through photos and videos.
    • Wiktor Dabkowski  is a documentary photographer who focuses on political and  socially relevant issues. Born in Poland in 1972, he graduated from political science, economic and sociological studies. After a 15-years long career as a radio host, he changed his life in 2006 and started to tell stories using photography.  Since then, his pictures have been published worldwide in leading newspapers such as The Financial Times, Politico, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Newsweek, The Guardian, Helsingin Sanomat, The Telegraph, Knack etc.  Wiktor shares his work between commissioned and private documentary projects.  He is also the co-funder and a member of the “People You May Know” documentary collective.
    • Yan Cong is a visual storyteller based in Beijing, China. She splits her time working on long-term projects and editorial assignments. She focuses her personal projects on topics such as women’s issues, social justice and China’s relations with its neighboring countries. Her work has been published internationally such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, ChinaFile, and Smithsonian Magazine. She was selected a fellow for Abigail Cohen Fellowship co-founded by ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation in 2016, and was selected by World Press Photo’s 6×6 program in 2019. Yan co-writes a photo column “Depth of Field,” introducing Chinese photographers’ photojournalism work to an international audience, with the intention to amplify local photographers’ voices, and to foster an understanding about China through the lens of local photographers. Yan holds a M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School.
    • Pak Yiu is a Video Journalist at the French global news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) in Beijing. Previously he worked in Hong Kong with Reuters where he covered a broad range of topics from China’s crackdown on democracy activists after the 2014 Umbrella Movement to puppies flying first class. Born in Brisbane, he grew up between Hong Kong and Australia.

    Speaker | 5 June, 2019

    The Great Successor – A talk on Kim Jong Un

    Our very own Anna Fifield has a book about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un coming out on June 11: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un. In a starred review, Kirkus called the book “a compelling mix of biography, cultural history, and political intrigue.” It is already out in Korean and editions in eight other languages – including German, Dutch, Russian and traditional Chinese – are in process.

    Anna will give members and members-to-be a preview of the book and talk about her experiences covering North Korea for eight years, from 2004-2008 for the Financial Times and then from 2014 to last year for the Post. Anna has been to North Korea a dozen times and has interviewed scores of escapees, in China, Thailand, Laos and of course, South Korea.
    She will talk about what she learned about Kim Jong Un and How he has managed to defy the odds and remain the leader of North Korea. She will also talk about the challenges of interviewing escapees and offer advice on how to approach and overcome these challenges.
    Anna has been the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post since September last year, moving from Tokyo, where she covered Japan and the Koreas. She started as a journalist in her home country of New Zealand, then worked for the Financial Times for 13 years, including as a correspondent in Seoul, Tehran, Beirut and Washington, D.C.