At this weekend’s Scholarship and Awards Gala at the National Convention in New York, AAJA will honor Yuen Ying Chan with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors an AAPI individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work.
About Yuen Ying Chan:
Yuen Ying Chan is a professor of journalism and founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. She was also the founding dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University, China. Through journalism programs at both universities, she is raising a new generation of questioning, curious and fair journalists right on the doorstep of mainland China.
Prior to her current roles, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for Chinese language dailies, New York Daily News, CBS 60 Minutes and NBC News. Her honors include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, Polk Award and International Press Freedom Award. She was a founding member of AAJA-New York and was the vice president of AAJA-Asia from 2001-2003.