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The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

The Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies presents a colloquium talk with Michael Meyer on his book The Road the Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

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September 15, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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The Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies presents a colloquium talk with Michael Meyer on his book The Road the Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean’s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by the country’s changes as he was. Thus began a 20-year journey through China that Meyer will recount via photographs, as well as talking about the challenges of reporting from China and how a freelance writer can fund and produce books that reach a wide audience.

Cost: 
Free and Open to the Public
Phone Number: 
510-643-6321

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