"Socialism is Great!": From Rocket Factory Girl to International Media

Tue October 27th 2009, 3:30pm
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Center for East Asian Studies
Philippines Conference Room, Encina, 3rd floor
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Open to the public.
"Socialism is Great!": From Rocket Factory Girl to International Media
Speaker: **THIS TALK HAS BE RESCHEDULED TO A NEW TIME. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME -- 3:30PM AND LOCATION -- Philippines Room** Lijia Zhang, Writer, journalist Now a writer, journalist, social commentator and a TV show host, Zhang Lijia spent a decade in the 80?s working in a Nanjing factory, that produced inter-continental missiles capable of reaching North America. To escape from the repressive routine, she taught herself English. Her journey from a disillusioned worker to organizer in support of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators illuminates the sea-changes sweeping China in the reform era. Lijia will discuss her book, her personal experiences of change in China over the past three decades, and her thoughts on China's position in the world. Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, journalist, social commentator and TV talk show host. Her articles have appeared in many international publications, including The Independent, The Observer, The Newstatesman, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, Japan Times, Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal and New York Times. She is a recipient of the prestigious International Writers' Programe at University of Iowa in 2009. She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and National Public Radio in America. She lives in Beijing with her two daughters.
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