Richard Bernstein

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Richard Bernstein
Born (1944-05-05) May 5, 1944 (age 80)
New York, New York
Ethnicity Jewish
Education B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., Harvard University
Occupation Journalist, columnist, author
Notable credit(s) The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Time
Spouse(s) Zhongmei Li

Richard Bernstein (born May 5, 1944) is an American journalist, columnist, and author. He writes the Letter from America column for The International Herald Tribune. He was a book critic at The New York Times and a foreign correspondent for both Time magazine and The New York Times in Europe and Asia.

Early life and education

Richard Bernstein was born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City but grew up on a poultry farm in East Haddam, Connecticut. After graduating from Nathan Hale-Ray High School, he earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.[2] In 1971, he moved to Taiwan to study Chinese.[2]


In 1973, Bernstein joined the staff of Time magazine tasked with writing about Asia. In 1979, he opened the magazine's first bureau in the People's Republic of China and served as the first Beijing bureau chief. In 1982, he accepted a position with the The New York Times where he served as the United Nations Bureau Chief, Paris Bureau Chief, National Cultural Correspondent, book critic,[3] and Berlin Bureau Chief.

Published works

Bernstein's first book, From the Center of the Earth: The Search for the Truth About China (1982), was named one of the "Notable Books of the Year 1982" by The New York Times and solidified his reputation as a China expert.[4] The Coming Conflict with China (1997) was chosen as one of The New York Times "Notable Books of the Year 1997."[5]


  • From the Center of the Earth: The Search for the Truth About China (1982)
  • Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French (1990)
  • Dictatorship of Virtue: Multiculturalism and the Battle for America's Future (1994)
  • The Coming Conflict with China (1997), with Ross. H. Munro
  • Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment (2001)
  • Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero (2002)
  • The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters (2009)
  • A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream (2012)
  • China 1945 (2014)

Personal life

Bernstein lives in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, with his wife Zhongmei Li, a famous Chinese classical dancer who worked with Jia Zhoungli and whom he met at a New York film screening.[1] Zhongmei attended the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy for 7 years (1978-1984) and founded the New York-based Zhongmei Dance Company in 1992.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 New York Times: "The Meaning of Life and his son" By ALEXANDER FRATER March 25, 2001
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Bernstein website: "About Me" retrieved February 16, 2013
  3. "The Times Names New Book Critic", The New York Times, 7 February 1995.
  4. Biography, Master Media Speakers
  5. Notable Books of the Year, 1997, The New York Times, 7 December 1997.
  6. Zhongmei Dance Company: about Zhongmei Li retrieved February 16, 2013

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