Richard Bernstein

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Person.png Richard Bernstein   C-SPAN WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Journalist, columnist, author)
Richard Bernstein.png
BornMay 5, 1944
New York
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut, Harvard University
SpouseZhongmei Li
Author and Asia correspondent who attended the 1997 Bilderberg, the same year he published The Coming Conflict with China

Employment.png Bureau chief

In office
1982 - Present
EmployerThe New York Times
Attended 1997 Bilderberg

Richard Bernstein is an American journalist, columnist, and author. He wrote the Letter from America column for the International Herald Tribune. He has been 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. He attended the 1997 Bilderberg meeting, the same year he published his book The Coming Conflict with China.

Early life and education

Richard Bernstein was born [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 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

Template:External media 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. His wife is Zhongmei Li, a Chinese classical dancer who worked with Jia Zhoungli and whom he met at a New York film screening.[1] She attended the Beijing Dance Academy for 7 years (1978-1984) and founded the New York-based Zhongmei Dance Company in 1992.[6] Their son, Elias, attends Stuyvesant High School.[7]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting


  1. a b New York Times: "The Meaning of Life" By ALEXANDER FRATER March 25, 2001
  2. a b 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.
  7. [1] retrieved June 1, 2019.