Frank ChingFrank Ching

Frank Ching is a journalist and writer who has reported and commented on events in Asia, particularly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for many years. He worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.


He opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in China in 1979, after the normalization of U.S.-China relations, thus becoming one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in Beijing since 1949.


His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, China Quarterly, Current History, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.


Currently, he appears weekly in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. He also has a monthly column in The Diplomat.


He also teaches Chinese foreign relations in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


He is the author of “ANCESTORS: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family,” (Morrow, N.Y. 1988 and Rider 2009). Using his own family as a vehicle, he presented a history of China from the Sung dynasty to the present. He is also the author of “Hong Kong and China: For Better or For Worse,” published jointly by the Asia Society and the Foreign Policy Association in New York and “The Li Dynasty: Hong Kong Aristocrats,” published by Oxford University Press.