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Articles by Philip J. Cunningham

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Philip Cunningham worked in China in the 1980’s as a tour guide, cruise director, and production assistant on The Last Emperor and Empire of the Sun and various TV programs, including NBC’s Changing China. He wrote an eyewitness account of the 1989 uprising in Beijing 1989 called Tiananmen Moon and has contributed to numerous documentaries on the topic including The Gate of Heavenly Peace and Tragedy at Tiananmen.


Cunningham was awarded a Knight Fellowship to teach journalism in China and later did research there as a Fulbright Fellow. He has also taught media studies at various universities in Asia including Doshisha University in Japan and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a visiting fellow at Cornell University and continues to write Asia commentary and analysis for a variety of publications.


In 2019 he revisited Beijing with support from Microsoft to conduct research and take photographs (including those used in the text of this story) for a series of articles reflecting on change and continuity in Beijing.