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Environmental Journalist Alexander Kaufman Receives East-West Center’s Inaugural Melvin M.S. Goo Writing Fellowship


The East-West Center is delighted to announce
award-winning writer and Huffington Post senior reporter
Alexander C. Kaufman as the recipient of the first Melvin
M.S. Goo Writing Fellowship. Supported by a generous
endowment from the Melvin M.S. Goo Memorial Fund, the
fellowship provides financial support to a Chinese or
American journalist, author, or writer for projects that
enhance understanding between the United States and
China.

A two-time winner of the SEAL Environmental
Journalism Award and a finalist for a 2022 Covering Climate
Now Award, Kaufman has worked for numerous publications
covering nuclear energy and climate issues all around Europe
and East Asia, including reporting on cutting-edge research
at the Dongguan particle physics laboratory in China. With
the Goo Fellowship, he plans to continue his work with a
project on China’s rapidly growing nuclear power
industry.

Alexander
Kaufman (Photo
supplied)

“Alexander’s
project is a terrific first award for this new fellowship
centered on US-China reporting,” said East-West
Center Journalism Program
Manager Susan Kreifels. “The
selection committee was impressed with his timely topic, his
credentials, and his plan to reach a broad audience in both
English and Chinese languages.”

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“My story will aim
to tell the past, present, and future of China’s civilian
nuclear energy program and what its rise means for the West
at this critical juncture in history, including potential
avenues for collaboration,” Kaufman said of the work he
will be doing under the fellowship. As part of the Goo
Fellowship, he plans to travel to China to research the
topic and eventually publish his story in both English and
Mandarin to reach a broader international
audience.

Ultimately, Kaufman plans to collate his
international reporting into a mass-market book charting the
resurgence of nuclear energy in a world ravaged by climate
change. He notes that his trip to China as part of the Goo
Fellowship will form a central component of that
work.

“Melvin M.S. Goo spent his career telling the
opening chapters of the story that defines a world where
great Asian powers like China set the global news agenda,
yet little has been written in English about China’s
achievements in nuclear energy,” said Kaufman. “I’m
deeply humbled by the opportunity to shed light on this
critical development and grateful to the East-West Center
for supporting my effort to tell a comprehensive,
sophisticated, but accessible story that will help readers
on both sides of the Pacific to understand the current state
of play.”

About the Melvin M.S. Goo Memorial
Fund

Melvin
M.S. Goo (Photo supplied)

The Melvin
M.S. Goo Memorial Fund was established through a gift of the
Melvin M.S. Goo Revocable Living Trust to memorialize Mr.
Goo’s intent for his legacy gift to enhance understanding
between the United States and China. Melvin M.S. Goo was a
veteran journalist who led a 34-year career in the United
States and Asia prior to his passing in 2016. Born in Macau
and graduating high school in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Goo
worked for 18 years as a reporter, editor, and editorial
writer at The Honolulu Advertiser. In 1977 he was
awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard
University. Mr. Goo continued his career in Asia, rising to
Chief News Editor at The Nikkei Weekly and later
Editor-in-Chief at Taiwan
News
.

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