YPFP Excursion: Learning China From the Ground Up


When author Michael Meyer first arrived in China at the age of 23, he wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so that he could converse with the people he met. Over the next two decades he would build a fluency as a reporter and chronicler of the everyday lives of Chinese people — a subject he explores with unusual style, sensitivity, and humor in his first two books, The Last Days of Old Beijing (2008) and In Manchuria (2015). ChinaFile is delighted to welcome Meyer back to Asia Society for the launch of his new memoir, The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up, which describes his life in China over the eventful and transformative years between his arrival in 1995 and the present.

The New Yorker'Jiayang Fan will moderate and a book sale and signing will follow.

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($12 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.

Michael Meyer is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches nonfiction writing. He the author of The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed, and In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China. His writing has also appeared in The New York TimesTimeSports Illustrated, and on NPR's This American Life, as well as on ChinaFile. Meyer is the recipient of many awards and fellowships including a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar fellowship.

Jiayang Fan is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, where she writes about China and Chinese-American politics and culture. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Book ReviewThe New York Times Magazine, and the Paris Review, among other places. Fan was born in Chongqing, China and moved to the U.S. at the age of eight. She graduated from Williams College with a double major in Philosophy and English Literature. She is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year living in Korea.

October 12, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Asia Society
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New York, NY 10021
United States
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