My attraction to covering China comes from the large immigrant population that is here in Chicago and also the business aspect that comes with covering the region.
The New York Times‘ interactive map showing immigration data 1880 reported having Cook County in 2000 with 28,233 Chinese born citizens living there and an estimated total population of Chinese residents of 5,376,741.
While covering this cultural and diverse population, I will be following key journalists who are in China reporting on current news.
Megan Stack, Los Angeles Times Beijing reporter
David Pierson, China correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Andrew Jacobs, New York Times reporter in the Beijing bureau
Those are just a few of the journalists that I am following on Twitter that will give me a better understanding of the news that is being covered in China and also a better understanding of the culture.
I find that one of the most difficult parts of being a journalist is educating myself on the cultural norms. I’ve been asking myself, do I reach out my hand for a hand shake or do I bow in front of the person I will interview? I will definitely have to educate myself on what to do and what not to do in scenarios like this.
The next three months will be interesting to sat the least and hopefully will teach me more about China so one day I can travel there and become a reporter for a prominent bureau like the journalists I mentioned above.