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China’s Eight Juxtapositions

Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Thursday, 23 Jun 2016
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
Ming Hua College, Glenealy, Central (this convenient location is situated opposite the Fringe Club)

The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome one of the world’s foremost China experts, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, to speak on "China’s Eight Juxtapositions”.  In this lecture, Mr Wasserstrom looks at China through eight provocative and sometimes lighthearted juxtapositions.  He gives a profound, clear-eyed tour of the Chinese landscape with stops at Tiananmen Square and the Shanghai Expo, all the way to the Berlin Wall and the Sistine Chapel.  He illustrates modern China in a realistic and interesting new way.

His illuminating juxtapositions also include analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo to Orwell.  He starts with an approachable introduction, using familiar scenarios of modern China, while taking an intellectual and historical approach to more complex issues.  

The lecture includes what Mr Wasserstrom believes Pope Francis and Xi Jinping have in common and why the red Rubik’s Cube has relevance for modern Chinese policy, finding fresh and surprising ways to look at the new Asian superpower.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is a China scholar and commentator, and currently serves as Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.  He has written numerous books on China including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.  He is the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, the advising editor for China at the Los Angeles Review of Books and contributes regularly to publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine.

Members of the RGS and their guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others, including a complimentary glass of white wine.

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