Back in February 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Asia. She was interviewed and featured on the popular “Yang Lan One on One” television program in China (杨澜访谈录—希拉里). While this program was aired in Chinese, the interview was actually conducted in English with Chinese subtitles. I highly encourage you to watch it even if you do not understand Chinese. Afterwards, you will realize:
1. Hillary Clinton is given chance to fully articulate the U.S. perspectives on many issues and without discrediting commentary.
2. The program projects Clinton respectfully as a mother, a leader, and a real human being.
I have a simple challenge to the U.S. media: do a similar program on any top Chinese leader and air it in the U.S. while accomplishing 1 and 2. If they lack imagination on who to pick, I’ll recommend Wu Yi (吴仪), one of the four vice premiers of the State Council of China.
Why haven’t we seen such a program on a Chinese leader in a mainstream television program in the U.S.? Any program dare to show the Chinese perspectives unfiltered? What are they afraid of?
So, how about it, U.S. media? You chicken shit. We dare you.