This week on Up Close, as Asian economies increasingly rise in prominence and productivity, the home of more than half the world’s population becomes an increasing part of our discussion in the West. Two journalists in this week’s episode offer varying looks at some of the more prominent countries in the region.
First, Tracy Dahlby spent decades going in and out of Japan, China, Vietnam, and more. Reflecting on his reporting for National Geographic and other publications, he discusses his book Into the Field: a Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.
And then, one country that stands as a major outlier in the region for seeing no rise in prosperity at all is North Korea. Former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden examines the country as a study in contrast, in The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom.
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