American journalist Mike Chinoy receives a working gold card

Award-winning American journalist Mike Chinoy, who has covered the greater China region for decades, has received a government employment gold card, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced yesterday.

Chinoy, who has received numerous journalism awards including the Emmy, Peabody and Dupont awards, received the card for his expertise in culture and the arts, the NIA said in a press release.

The Gold Card is offered to highly skilled overseas professionals and technicians in a number of fields as part of Taiwan’s ongoing efforts to attract overseas talent.

Photo courtesy of National Immigration Agency via CNA

Chinoy’s work has helped give Taiwan greater global visibility, the NIA said, citing its 2010 documentary The Thaw: Taiwan and China’s Changing Relationship.

The film series on cross-Strait relations examines the economic rapprochement between Taiwan and China and has drawn attention online, the agency said.

Chinoy spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including eight years as the network’s first Beijing bureau chief, Hong Kong bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent, according to the University of Southern California, where he is a non-resident principal investigator at the US-China Institute.

Chinoy has reported on the most significant events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the Tiananmen Square crisis, the handover of Hong Kong, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan and developments in North Korea, the university said.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

The Gold Card is a combination of a work permit, a residence visa and a re-entry permit, which makes it easier for cardholders to change jobs in Taiwan without depending on an employer to a work permit.

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