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Dian Wei Tang

Dian Wei Tang

deputy metro editor, World Journal (New York)

Tang was born in Hunan, China and earned bachelors and masters degrees in Chinese Literature at Wuhan University in China. He began his journalism career in 1989 as a reporter for China News Service in Beijing, later working as China News Service’s correspondent to the United Nations for three years. In 1995 he founded and became editor-in-chief of the monthly China Time magazine, which reported on current affairs and issues in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and U.S.-China relations. Since 1996, Tang has worked at the World Journal in New York City, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in North America. He has been a reporter, Manhattan bureau chief and currently is deputy editor in charge of metropolitan news. He led coverage of a team of a dozen reporters on the rescue work after Sept. 11 – his office is just a few blocks from the World Trade Center – as well as the efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan. His newspaper, one of the most influential among Chinese speakers in United States and Canada, has produced groundbreaking reports on the Chinese American community, including a series on Fujianese Chinese immigrants and the rise of a new rival to the Greyhound bus line whose popularity began with American immigrants. Both stories were widely followed by other mainstream English-language media. Under his leadership, his staff has won a number of awards from the Independent Press Association (IPA) for best news photography, best investigative/in-depth news reporting and best feature in 2004 and 2005. He is the author of two books: one on China’s economic reform and the other on China’s Cultural Revolution.

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