Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2005 - The Beijing government's News Awards Committee today presented Voice of America (VOA) Beijing correspondent Kunghua Chang with the first-ever "Award for Excellent Works" in a ceremony in China's capital city.
Chang, 57, was recognized for his report on a Mandarin language proficiency competition in August 2004. The report profiled some of the university students from 39 countries participating in the competition, focusing on their experiences studying Mandarin and how language can cross the divides between nations.
Chang, of VOA's Mandarin Service, is one of two VOA correspondents in Beijing. A native Mandarin speaker, he has reported on a wide variety of subjects, including in-depth coverage and analysis of China's political and economic developments.
VOA Mandarin broadcasts 13 hours a week of television programming and 12 hours a day of original radio programming to millions of viewers and listeners in China. Also, news and information can be found at the website: www.VOANews.com/chinese
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