The Face Of China



In China He Trusts: Jon Zatkin

Jon Zatkin was an American citizen who lived in Beijing, China, for over twenty-five years. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he was a full-time actor and musician and played foreign characters in over 40 Chinese television series and films. He passed away shortly after giving this interview, in which he described his remarkable story and how his interest in China changed his life. The complete recording of his interview is available here.

What is your Chinese name?

(Xu You Min). It means “friend of all people.”

Can you tell me about the origins of your move to China?