Biography

Frank Ching is a journalist and writer who has been involved in covering and commenting on developments in Asia, especially China and Hong Kong, for several decades.

Mr. Ching received degrees from Fordham University, New York University and Columbia University.

He worked for The New York Times in New York for over a decade, primarily editing stories about China and other countries in Asia during a period that included the Cultural Revolution.

In 1976, when Dow Jones and Company launched The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, he joined the new publication and worked as a reporter and editor.

In 1979, in the wake of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China, he was asked by The Wall Street Journal to open its bureau in Beijing. He thus became one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in China since 1949.

Mr. Ching served in Beijing for four years, from 1979 to 1983. During that time, he covered the emergence of China from the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, the open-door policy, the trial of the Gang of Four, the opening up of the country to foreign investment and China's strategic alignment with the United States against the Soviet Union.

After leaving Beijing, Mr. Ching spent several years working on a book, "ANCESTORS: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family." Using his own family's history as a vehicle, he presented a history of China from the Sung dynasty down to the present.

A Chinese edition appeared in October 2016 and ANCESTORS was serialized in the Beijing Evening News over a period of months.

From 1987 to 1992 he wrote a weekly political column in the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

In 1992, he joined the Far Eastern Economic Review, where he worked successively as Arts and Society Editor, Features Editor, Senior Editor and Contributing Editor.

He was with the Review until 2001. While with the Review, he wrote a weekly column called "Eye on Asia," in which he commented on political developments in countries around the region. He also edited a number of books for Review Publishing Company and helped organize an annual conference on Hong Kong both in the run-up to 1997 and immediately afterward.

At present, he writes a weekly column on China that appears in newspapers across Asia, including in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.

From 1994 to 2006 he hosted a weekly current affairs television program called “Newsline,” which aired every Sunday evening on the World channel of Asia Television. The program focused on local and international political, economic and social issues. Its guests included statesmen, politicians, senior government officials, academics and people from all walks of life. 

He is also currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he teaches MBA students a course on China’s External Relations and Their Economic Impact.

His books include:

The Li Dynasty: Hong Kong Aristocrats, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1999.

Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family, William Morrow & Co., New York, 1988. Ancestors was re-issued by Rider, part of the Random House Group, in 2009.

Hong Kong and China: For Better or For Worse, published by the China Council of The Asia Society, New York, 1985.

His latest book,”130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong: From the College of Medicine to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,” published by Springer, is due to appear in December 2017.

In addition to the general media, his articles have also appeared in major scholarly publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, Washington Quarterly and World Policy Journal. He was a regular contributor to The Other Hong Kong Report through its last issue in 1998.

Member, Advisory Council, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institution, 2002-2008.

Member, National Committee on US-China Relations, 1970s-now

Member, then Chairman, Advisory Pacific Council, Lingnan University, 1999-2005.

Member, Asia Pacific Advisory Council, Arrow Electronics 2002-2007.

Member, Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong Government, 1998-2000.

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