"The China Exit Interview" with the Paulson Institute on Feb. 3, 2016


"The China Exit Interview"


Bill Bishop, Writer, Sinocism China Newsletter
Gady Epstein, Media Editor, The Economist
Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder and Director of Danwei
Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Moderated by Evan A. Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute


5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The panel discussion will begin at 5:30 pm. Camera setup to be completed no later than 4:45 pm.


The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and to media, with registration. Members of the working press may complete our registration form for access to cover the event.

Media Contacts

Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile

Dorinda Elliott
Editorial & Communications Director
The Paulson Institute
773.702.1799 office
917.658.6842 mobile

About the speakers

Bill Bishop is an American who lived in Beijing from 2005-2015. He is the writer of the blogs Sinocism, where he collects links to news and interest pieces on China, and Digicha, where he writes about Chinese Internet and digital media. He is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese and has experience working in both the U.S. and China. Bishop co-founded CBS MarketWatch in 1997 and stayed until its sale in 2004 to Dow Jones. He has worked in several business roles over the years, the last as head of the MarketWatch consumer Internet business. He is currently an investor in and advisor to several start-up companies and provides China consulting services. Most recently, Bishop was CEO of Red Mushroom Studios, a Beijing-based developer and operator of online games. Bishop formally studied Chinese language for six academic years and has an M.A. in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. from Middlebury College. He has lived and worked in China on and off for over eight years since 1989, and continuously in Beijing since mid-2005. He is often quoted in major media such as Bloomberg, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The New York Times, and other publications.

Gady Epstein is the media editor at The Economist. Prior to that he took over as Beijing bureau chief of The Economist in 2014. In that role and before that as China correspondent since 2011, he has written about politics and society, with special interests in inequality, public policy and the internet. Previously, he served as Beijing bureau chief for Forbes for four years. He began covering China and Asia, with a sub-specialty in North Korea, in 2002, first as Beijing bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun, then as international projects reporter for the newspaper. He studied English language and literature at Harvard.

Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder and Director of Danwei, a research firm which began life in 2003 as a website that translated and analyzed Chinese media, Internet, government regulation, and censorship. In 2009, shortly after Goldkorn opened a consulting business in Beijing to operate the website, it was blocked, and the company pivoted to providing media and market research services. The Financial Times acquired Danwei in 2013. Goldkorn is an affiliate of the Australian National University's Centre on China in the World, and a co-editor of the China Story website and annual China Story Yearbook published by the Centre. He is is co-host of the Sinica podcast, and founder of Great Wall Fresh, a social enterprise to help Chinese peasant farmers run small tourism businesses catering to foreign outdoor enthusiasts. After moving to China in 1995, Goldkorn lived in a workers dormitory, founded, edited and managed several Chinese- and English-language magazines, ran a design firm, produced a documentary film about African soccer players in Beijing, and rode a bicycle from Peshawar to Kathmandu via Kashgar and Lhasa.  He moved to Nashville Tennessee in 2015 and is a board member of the Tennessee China Network.
Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008. He is the author of "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, May 2014). The book traces the rise of the individual in China, and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. He was the China Correspondent at The New Yorker from 2008 to 2013. He is a contributor to This American Life and Frontline. Prior to The New Yorker, he worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He has received the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and a Mirror Award for profile-writing.

Evan A. Feigenbaum is Vice Chairman of The Paulson Institute, an independent center, located at the University of Chicago, established by former US Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson. He leads the institute’s economic policy and investment-related programs, including the Institute’s think tank, which focuses principally on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on market-based structural reforms. He is also Nonresident Senior Associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Initially an academic, with a PhD in Chinese politics from Stanford University, his work has since spanned government service, think tanks, the private sector, and three regions of Asia – East, Central, and South. From 2001 to 2009, he served at the US State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia, Member of the Policy Planning Staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific under Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and as an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the US-China senior dialogue. During the intensive final phase of the US-India civil nuclear initiative, from July to October 2008, he co-chaired the coordinating team charged with moving the initiative through the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors and the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and then to Congress, where it became the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act. He negotiated agreements with the governments of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, including Kazakhstan’s so-called “Madrid Commitments” to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and also has extensive policy experience with North and South Korea and Japan. He received three individual and two group superior honor awards from the State Department. Outside of government, Dr. Feigenbaum has been Head of the Asia practice group at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consulting firm working principally for financial institutions and corporate clients; Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations; and taught at Harvard University and the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of three books and monographs, including most recently The United States in the New Asia, and China’s Techno-Warriors, which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of 2003 on the Asia-Pacific, as well as numerous essays.


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