Michael Zhao

Michael Zhao graduated from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he produced an in-depth multimedia thesis on electronic waste dumping from the rich world to developing countries. He also made a short documentary on the same topic, available on his personal site. He now works at Asia Society's Center on US-China Relations as a multimedia producer in New York. Michael worked for the New York Times Beijing Bureau as a reporting assistant from 2003-2005. He graduated from the Beijing Language & Culture University with a bachelor's degree in English. He co-authored a book on learning Chinese language and culture, Urban Chinese: Mandarin in 21st Century China. Michael was born and grew up in Wuhan, China.

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Not a Drop to Drink

Persistent drought in China’s northeast has led to a severe drinking-water shortage, from Reuters: A drought in China’s northeast Liaoning province has left nearly 700,000 people without drinking water after rainfall...

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Construction Halted Ahead of Games

Beijing is gearing up clean-up efforts in the run-up to the Olympics. Officials laid out an ambitious series of measures on Monday that will freeze construction projects, slow down steel production and shut down quarries in and...

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