November China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 14 November, 2019, 12 noon

at

Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

Remembering Shanghai

– A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels

By

Claire Chao

Claire Chao presents Remembering Shanghai, a memoir that she co-wrote with her mother Isabel Sun Chao. To date the book has won 17 literary awards, including the prestigious Rubery Prize Book of the Year. The story follows five generations from imperial China to modern-day Hong Kong, and is accompanied by evocative period illustrations and photographs. Isabel grows up in the wealthy Sun family in glamorous 1930s Shanghai. When Mao comes to power, she journeys to Hong Kong, unaware that she will never see her father again. She and daughter Claire return to Shanghai six decades later to confront their complex past – one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering pleasure palaces and underworld crime bosses. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, the memoir explores identity, loss and redemption against an epic backdrop of a country in turmoil.  

Claire was born and raised in Hong Kong. As a youth she continually, yet unknowingly sought connections to her parents’ Shanghai homeland. She spent a decade creating Remembering Shanghai after thirty years in luxury brand management. While researching her family stories, she uncovered an uncanny link with the grandfather she’d never met. She graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and was named to Avenue magazine’s “500 Most Influential Asian Americans” and Hong Kong Tatler’s “Who’s Who in Hong Kong”.

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October China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 10 October, 2019, 12 noon

at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

The Anti-extradition Bill Protests:
What They Show about Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy

by

 Frank Ching

Please join us for a talk by Frank Ching, a journalist and writer who has reported and commented on events in Asia, particularly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for many years. He worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review and was a columnist with the South China Morning Post. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in China in 1979, after the normalization of U.S.-China relations, thus becoming one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in Beijing since 1949.

Currently, he writes a weekly column on China, which he self-syndicates and appears in English-language newspapers mainly in Asia. For the last 15 years, he was adjunct associate professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he taught a course on China’s External Relations.

He is the author of “ANCESTORS: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family,” (Morrow, N.Y. 1988). Using his own family as a vehicle, he presented a history of China from the Sung dynasty to the present. Another of his books is “130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong: From the College of Medicine for Chinese to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,” published in 2018 by Springer.

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