Farland Chang is an Emmy award-winning storyteller whose passion is to bridge East and West.

For nearly 30 years, he has been covering stories across the US and Asia for news organizations, including NBC & CNN. During Farland’s time in Hong Kong as anchor & correspondent, he met National Geographic’s master photographer, Michael Yamashita.  A friendship was born between two fellow storytellers, two Asian Americans, and two ambassadors between east & west.  The rest is history. 

Michael Yamashita’s iconic photos for Nat Geo over four decades, his acclaimed books about his journeys along Silk Road and his sweeping body of work made him one of Nat Geo’s legendary ambassadors. One of the elite photojournalists who fulfill Nat Geo’s motto  to “illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.” And as a fan of Michael’s and one who grew up with Nat Geo, Farland is honored to join the cause of opening a window to the world: whether it’s about capturing timeless beauty and preserving our planet to fostering peace among people and appreciation between cultures. 

Farland set out to turn vision into reality: producing a documentary series to celebrate Michael’s timeless stories  and unforgettable adventures. On the road and behind the scenes with one of the world’s greatest photojournalists.

A deep dive into the art of the photographer. And a profound look into how this Nat Geo master sees the world through his mind’s eye. With so much of Michael’s work to share, Farland’s vision of just one documentary evolved into a series of nine episodes. This would become Farland’s obsession. A passion project. And a labor of love.

One he could pursue while wearing his other hat as an educator. While in post production to wrap up the series, Farland continues teaching audiences around the world.  He is currently a visiting scholar at Nanjing University (NJU) after serving as professor of journalism & communication at Shantou University. Farland has also lectured at Cornell, UCLA, USC, Hong Kong University (HKU) & Zhejiang University (ZJU).

Farland earned his bachelor’s in Government at Cornell, his master’s in journalism at Columbia and his post-graduate certificate in radio, film and TV from the University of Bristol, where he studied as a Rotary Scholar and Paul Harris Fellow.

Articles, Publications, and Appearances

A.CNN News feature stories: playlist


B. NBC News feature stories: playlist


C. EastMeetsWest docuseries w Nat Geo’s legend: ABC7 interview


D. Zooming from East to West: 10 tips for teaching and public speaking online


E. Nanjing University Video Lecture: Great Communicators


F. CNN News Anchoring: playlist


G. CNN & NBC News reports: playlist


H. Local TV News reporting: playlist


I. Olympic Dream: In Pursuit of Perfection (series playlist)



J. Gateway to Asia on Bloomberg TV: series playlist (partial)


K. EastMeetsWest docuseries: aaja


L. EastMeetsWest docuseries: imdb


M. EastMeetsWest docuseries: YouTube