Film Screening/Discussion: Koppel on Discovery: “The People’s Republic of Capitalism”

Date: July 1, 2008, Tuesday
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Variety Club Preview Room
582 Market St (between Montgomery and Sansome)
San Francisco, CA
Admission: $10 Asia Society/Co-Sponsor Members
$15 Non-Members

Event proceeds will be donated to help the earthquake victims in Sichuan, China.

In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan province and on the eve of the Beijing Olympics, Discovery Channel Managing Editor Ted Koppel presents Koppel on Discovery: “The People’s Republic of Capitalism.”

This sweeping, four-part series — what Koppel himself calls “the most extensive project I’ve ever undertaken” — centers on the southwestern city of Chongqing in Sichuan province. A city whose population has quadrupled in the last decade to 13.5 million people, Chongqing could be the most populous city that most Americans have never heard of.

In each hour-long program, Koppel and his team of producers explore America’s economic relationship with China as well as capitalism’s effect on the Chinese people. The series premieres on Discovery Channel over four nights beginning July 9 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

On July 1st, please join the Asia Society as we host a preview screening of part two of the series, “From Maoism to Me-ism,” which considers religion, sexuality, political freedom, and the role of the nuclear family as Koppel profiles a cast of characters in and around Chongqing. Associate Producer Alissa Shapiro and Executive Producer Tom Bettag will be on hand to discuss the project.

Seating is limited; please RSVP early
To register online, please visit
or call 415.421.8707

Tom Bettag is Executive Producer of Koppel on Discovery. Previously, he spent five years as executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather and 14 years as executive producer of ABC News Nightline With Ted Koppel. Bettag is the recipient of six duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons, three Overseas Press Club Awards and 30 Emmys. In 2004, he was awarded Quinnipiac University’s Fred Friendly Award, which honors journalists who have shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.

Alissa Shapiro is an Associate Producer for the Koppel Group. Alissa joined the team in June 2006 after graduating from Northwestern University. She has assisted with all of the Koppel on Discovery productions, including Iran, The Most Dangerous Nation which received an Emmy in 2007 for Best Long Documentary. Shapiro spent three months in Chongqing, China working on The People’s Republic of Capitalism.

Co-sponsored by Chinese Culture Center