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Speaking & Consulting

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Jim Laurie is available as a featured speaker on a range of Asia and Media related issues.

In 2019, Jim providied talks to American university alumni groups on Vietnam and Cambodia.  The talks have been scheduled every year in October and November since 2017, organized by Gohagan Travel of Chicago.  Gohagan specializes in educational tours on small ships in Asia and around the world.  Jim is scheduled to do programs in November 2021 and January 2022.  (Programs for 2020 were cancelled due to the global COVID19 pandemic.  See www.gohagantravel.com/DestinationPage.html


Available Talks:

Vietnam and Cambodia from War years to Prosperity

Jim provides a highly anecdotal series of talks illustrated by his reporting with personal stills and videos from 1970 to 2019.   He provides first hand perspectives on the war, the communist take-overs of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975, and on developments in the more than 45 years since.

Jim was the only American television Network Correspondent (NBC) to witness the fall of Saigon to communist forces April 30, 1975.

Jim has had the rare opportunity to watch developments in Vietnam Cambodia by visiting these two countries nearly every year for fifty years.


War and Love in Cambodia 1970 - 1980

Jim presents with remarkable videos of the past, a nostalgic look back at Cambodia. 

From his encounters with Prince then King Norodom Sihanouk to his meetings with Cambodia's current leader Hun Sen, Jim looks back at a remarkable country before and after the "Killing Fields."

He tells the story of his first love in Indochina and his efforts to rescue her from war and assumed death under the brutal Khmer Rouge.  The talk follows the story told in Jim's book "The Last Helicopter: Two lives in Indochina."



The New Cold War.   40 Years of US-China relations.  There at the beginning.

Jim asks the questions: Is China a threat to America?  Is current anti-China rhetoric overblown?  1979 to 2021: What happened? 

2017 to 2020 saw the development of what can only be described as new COLD WAR between the United States and China.                                Jim Laurie argues that this is a dangerous development precipitated by two factors - both extremist in nature.   

The Factors:                                                                                                                                                                                                 1. The control of political life in China began tightening in 2016 and with it a new aggressive "big power" foreign policy emerged fostered by Communist Party leader Xi jingping.  Xi sought in his view - China's 'rightful place' in the World.   

 2. In response to China's rise, the American administration outlined policy shifts in 2017 redefining China as a threat to the United States.  The new, harsher policy toward China was driven by real and perceived challenges to American technological, economic, and global dominance and security.  The crisis escalated in 2020 with the spread of China of the global COVID19 pandemic. 

Jim take on these events is informed by more than 40 years studying, living in, and travelling to China.  His talks are illustrated by his personal videos showing China's changes.  He also includes perspectives on the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping who Jim interviewed in 1979 and travelled with in Deng's groundbreaking visit to America.   Jim has worked both on the outside looking in at China as a reporter and as a consultant being offered a unique place in recent years inside the Chinese bureaucracy.


On October 17, 2018, Jim spoke to an audience of nearly 500 outside Detroit on "40 Years of US-China relations."  He recounted his interview with paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979, his observaions of the Tian An Men massacre in 1989 and his work with the Chinese from 2009 to 2019. 


On October 11, 2017, Jim spoke on the history of the Vietnam War at the University of Michigan, Waterman Lecture Series.


ON October 21 2016, Jim spoke on US-China relations at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.  Laurie visited Houston for the first time in 1979 when he accompanied Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to the Johnson NASA Space Center.


Contact Jim Laurie at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

You can also book Jim to speak in the United States through

The American Program Bureau  or  Cassidy & Fishman Inc.




Selected Past engagements:

China Soft Power:  On June 14, 2016, Jim joined the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany to speak on China's 'outward engagement' efforts.

Global Media competition:   On October 16, 2013, Jim chaired a panel on Global media at the Ford Foundation New York an event sponsored by the Overseas Press Club.  See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ddHNq3OyWc

International Broadcasting:  In March 2013, Jim joined a panel of speakers at the University of Southern Calfornia in Los Angeles to speak on the topic of the growth of international broadcasting and its impact in Asia.   The event was sponsored by the Annenberg School's program on Public Policy.

China:  In April 2013, Jim joined a panel to discuss changing China in Wooster Ohio which included writer James Fallows and former China adviser to President Obama, Jeff Bader.



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