The first Chinese-language television station in the United States will be broadcasting from its studio in New York City next week.CBN, a company founded by Chinese-American entrepreneurs and a longtime partner of the Clinton Foundation, announced Thursday that it will begin broadcasting in New Yorkers, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.CBP is one of several Chinese-owned TV stations currently broadcasting in the U.S.
The stations, which will be named China’s First TV, have already been available on Roku devices in China, but have not been available in the rest of the world.CBT, the Chinese version of NBCUniversal, which also owns the stations, will broadcast live from New York.
The news of the stations’ rollout was met with enthusiasm by Chinese communities who have been largely ignored by the U to Chinese-Americans in the years since President Donald Trump took office.
Chinese-American media outlets have been critical of the White House, citing the administration’s lack of outreach to the community and its lack of Chinese-born members of Congress.
The Trump administration has also been criticized for being too focused on its own domestic agenda, rather than the global one, with little to no interest in building relationships with local communities.
The announcement of the new stations comes after the State Department said on Thursday it would announce a new initiative to encourage Chinese-Canadian citizens to immigrate to the United Sates.
In a statement released Thursday, State Department Spokeswoman Emily Pappas said: “The United States has been and continues to be a welcoming country to many, including Chinese-Czech immigrants, and we have a strong interest in the success of these new Chinese-led TV stations.”CBN has been the primary source of Chinese news coverage for many years, and has broadcast in the US for the last two decades.
Its coverage has focused on issues like education and health care, as well as issues such as economic growth, education, and social justice.