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          COSTA MESA, Calif. (September 26, 2013) --"China's Challenges." A five-part series about the obstacles and problems that attend China's emergence as an economic superpower, "China's Challenges" offers the most in depth look to-date into the giant nation's growing pains. While President Xi Jinping speaks of "The Chinese Dream," the Chinese people talk about healthcare, education, housing, and retirement.

          China expert Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who knows China's leaders personally and wrote the book "How China's Leaders Think," hosts the series and takes viewers inside China through the following five episodes that reveal the critical issues that China's new leaders face.

Episode 1: "Are the Chinese People Happy?"

Episode 2: "Where is China's Economy Going?"

Episode 3: "Are the Chinese People 'Real' Citizens?"

Episode 4: "China Can Produce. Can China Create?"

Episode 5: "What do the Chinese People Believe?"

          On August 30, 2013, "China's Challenges" won First Prize in China's prestigious "China News Award" competition - the country's top-ranked journalism award for all news organizations and professionals in China from the past year. The "China News Award" is of similar caliber to that of the Pulitzer Prize in the U.S.

          PBS SoCaL is the national presenting station for the series and premiered the series locally in Los Angeles inApril of 2013 during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The film will be distributed to public television stations nationally in October through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and will be viewed on participating stations over the next two years.

           As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL works with independent filmmakers to develop and broadcast high-quality programs and series that educate, entertain and enlighten our viewers. "PBS SoCaL Presents" is proud to distribute a number of these completed programs and series to PBS stations nationally each year. For more information about "PBS SoCaL Presents" please go to http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/presents/.

           The series will be re-broadcast locally on PBS SoCaL, Sundays at 3 p.m., starting Oct. 13. Please check local listings for broadcast dates and times in various cities.

About Robert Lawrence Kuhn

          Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a long-time adviser to China's leaders and the Chinese government, and a frequent commentator on China (he appears on the BBC, CNN, CCTV, Bloomberg, and is a columnist for the South China Morning Postand China Daily). Dr. Kuhn is the creator, writer, and host of the public television series Closer to Truth.  He is the author of The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin, China's best-selling book of 2005, and of How China's Leaders Think, which features China's new leaders, including President Xi Jinping.

          "China's Challenges" is co-produced by Shanghai Media Group (ICS) and The Kuhn Foundation. Created, written and hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn. Series director is Peter Getzels. "China's Challenges" is produced in association with presenting station, PBS SoCaL: President and CEO Mel Rogers, Station Manager Ed Miskevich and Executive Producer Brenda Brkusic. Shanghai Media Group (ICS): Executive Producers Wang Jianjun, Sun Wei and Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Producer Wang Lijun, Zhu Xiaoqian and Associate Producer Chen Bing. www.pbssocal.org/chinaschallenges.

About Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and International Channel Shanghai (ICS)

          SMG is a leading multimedia television and radio broadcasting, news and Internet company in China. Its core business is television broadcasting and related media entertainment services including sports, showbiz, performance arts, science and technology, and finance. SMG has 11 radio channels, 29 TV channels (14 analog and 15 digital), 10 newspapers and magazines, as well as new media platforms such as IPTV, Web TV and mobile TV. It has combined assets of over 10 billion yuan and a workforce of about 10,000. International Channel Shanghai (ICS) is the only foreign language channel broadcast in Shanghai and is part of the SMG family. ICS covers news, information, sports, travel, entertainment, fashion, arts and culture, as well as imported shows and movies.  Programs are produced in a wide variety of formats that include news and information programs, documentary series, talk shows, entertainment features, high drama, and movies.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and dedicated to interactively educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout the Southland.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS OC and WORLD TV, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions Real Orange, SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff, and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

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