Viewpoints - Living in Interesting Times
Let's get behind the scenes. How has the story of China been told? Where is this story headed in the future? Get behind the narrative...
Blogs, film, books, articles, pictures... in telling the story of China, we have access to so much interesting media. The voices that tell the story of China are personal, academic, political, powerful, authentic, and diverse. depending on who you read, China is either the dominant super power of the 21st century or on the verge of collapse. We live in interesting times, indeed. The more immersed we get in this emerging story, the more meaningful the conversation becomes. It is time to add our voices to The Story of China!
Lijia Zhang (Zhang Lijia) (born in May 1, 1964 in Nanjing) is a writer, journalist and public speaker. She describes herself as a communicator between China and the world and has given talks at conferences about contemporary China and lectured at many top universities including Stanford and Harvard and The University of Sydney.
Early in life she wanted to become a writer. At the age of 16 she had to start working in a factory instead of finishing her promising school career. During the decade at the factory she taught herself English.
In 2003 she attended Goldsmiths, University of London, England to study creative writing. Her articles have been published in many newspapers and magazines. She co-authored China Remembers (OUP, 1999) and her memoir 'Socialism is Great!' A Worker’s Memoir of The New China, is published by Atlas & Co. and Random House and has been translated into seven languages. She was the subject of a BBC TV documentary Peschardt's People. Sponsored by the US State Department, she was a fellow on the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2009, She is completing her first novel, Lotus, about prostitution set in modern day Shenzhen.
She is a regular guest on ABC, BBC and CNN. Zhang was married to Calum MacLeod, a reporter for USA Today. She currently lives in Beijing with her two daughters
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(from The Economist)
Gady Epstein joined The Economist as China correspondent in July of 2011. Previously, he served as Beijing bureau chief for Forbes for four years, opening the magazine's Beijing office in 2007. He has been covering China and Asia, with a sub-specialty in North Korea, since 2002, first as Beijing bureau chief forThe Baltimore Sun, then as international projects reporter for the newspaper.
Gady has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight, BBC World Service, Sky News, and American cable news channels.
He studied English language and literature at Harvard.
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