The Asia chapter was founded in 1996 by two AAJA members working in Asia, Allen Cheng in Hong Kong and Alan Ota in Tokyo. When Alan returned to the U.S. in 1997, Allen stayed on as president and Dalton Tanonaka became vice president. An early highlight was an ambitious series of programs in Hong Kong for AAJA members and other visiting journalists who covered the handover of the territory to China in 1997.
Today, the Asia chapter has about 200 members across the region. They work for a range of media, from The Associated Press, Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones to CNN, ABC, VOA and CCTV. We are a networking group for AAJA members in Asia and the Pacific and a bridge for AAJA members who come to the region or want to work here. We hold talks, workshops and socials in various cities throughout the year and offer advice and support to fellow AAJA members with an interest in Asia. AAJA-Asia also hosts the New.Now.Next Media Conference, an annual international event drawing top journalists and experts to discuss the latest issues in the region and hold seminars and workshops.