The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is probably the most famous press club in the world. We have a long and rich journalistic heritage dating back to our founding in China in 1943. Over the ensuing decades, our members have been eye witnesses to history across Asia, bringing the stories to the world in words and pictures.
Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his working
life. Since becoming a journalist, he has freelanced for a vast range of publications around the world, worked fulltime for CNN and edited an architectural magazine.
His memories of the FCC stretch from drinking in Sutherland House in the 1980s, to the phantasmagorical Saturnalia of Handover Night on 30 June 1997, to more recently when he has been a driving force in revamping The Correspondent.
The July 2023 issue of the magazine will lead with the results of the FCC press freedom survey, feature a dispatch from the National Press Club in Washington and veteran journalist Bill Cranfield’s memories of working for Xinhua in Beijing in the 1980s, and welcome a record number of new members.
Members’ suggestions and contributions for future issues are all more than welcome.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club was founded in 1943 in Japanese-occupied China during World War II. Its first base was in Chongqing, a city controlled by nationalist leader, Chiang Kai-shek. As the struggle between the Nationalists and Mao Zedong’s Communists intensified after the invaders were repelled, the Club moved with the action, first to Nanjing, then to Broadway Mansions in Shanghai….
- FCC membership is open to all. In addition to the correspondents and journalists who remain the heart of the club, we count diplomats, doctors, bankers, lawyers, artists and teachers among our membership and we welcome others keen to join the discussion.
- Club members have access to our facilities from breakfast through to a late nightcap. We offer food and drinks throughout the day as well as a workroom and a gym. As an important media hub, the Club provides a neutral platform for an impressive range of local and international speakers and our great meeting venues can be hired by members for business gatherings, hosting media events and weddings as well as drinks or dinner with friends and guests.
- For more on our dining and hospitality options, click here.
- The FCC also maintains a wide set of reciprocal relationships with other clubs around the world for our members to visit. For more details of the clubs we have links with, and how to arrange visits, please click here.