For­eign Cor­re­spon­dent

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

As the ABC’s China cor­re­spon­dent Stephen McDonell packs his bags to leave Beijing af­ter nearly 10 years in the job, he looks back at the in­cred­i­ble changes he has wit­nessed. His fas­ci­na­tion with China be­gan as a boy read­ing about the mys­te­ri­ous coun­try that was pretty much closed to the rest of the world. As an adult he vis­ited on a five-week course and de­cided it was the place for him. He learned Man­darin and im­mersed him­self in the cul­ture. His rec­ol­lec­tions are fas­ci­nat­ing. No won­der McDonell has won three Walk­ley Awards, in­clud­ing for his cov­er­age of the 2008 earth­quake in Sichuan prov­ince.

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