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Irvine, California: Author Panel

Telling Stories about China and Burma: Tales of Three Writers

January 12, 12:30-2:00 Humanities Gateway 1341, UC Irvine

Featuring Rosalie Metro, Scott Tong, and Lisa Brackmann, a panel discussion, free and open to the public

This event will focus on books set in either China or Burma that differ from one another in many ways, but which share several basic traits.  All tell stories set in Asia but also feature American figures. All are by authors who had spent extensive time in either China or Burma before setting out to write books about the country.  And all of the books in question are written in a lively and accessible style and aimed at general readers.  The authors, who will take part in a discussion moderated by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of Chinese History and Historical Mentor of the Literary Journalism Program, are:


Rosalie Metro of the University of Missouri, who is a specialist in the study of Southeast Asia and education and the author of the forthcoming novel Have Fun in Burma.


Scott Tong, a familiar radio voice to many, due to his reporting for APM's "Marketplace" program, who has recently published his first book: A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World.




Lisa Brackmann, a frequent traveller to China and the author of, among other books, a trilogy of crime novels set in Beijing and other parts of the PRC, the first instalment of which was the acclaimed Rock, Paper, Tiger

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N. California: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Brews & Views Speaker Series

Esteemed author and Marketplace.org correspondent Scott Tong will discuss his just released book: A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World. If you find yourself on the wrong side of history, nobody writes yours – except perhaps your grandchild. Scott Tong has reported from more than a dozen countries as correspondent for Marketplace, from refugee camps in east Africa to shoe factories in eastern China.

Jan. 9, 2018
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company


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6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco: World Affairs Council

ENGAGE | Stories from a Changing China

How do major historical events change the lives of everyday people? When Scott Tong moved to Shanghai to open Marketplace’s first bureau in China, he took the opportunity to reconnect with branches of his family that stayed in China after his parents fled mainland China to live in the United States. What he found were rich accounts of his relatives’ lives during Chinese social and political changes spanning the fall of the Qing dynasty, the occupation by the Japanese during World War II, the early years of the People’s Republic and the opening up to the West under Deng Xiaoping. In his new book, “A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World,” Tong recounts the stories of his relatives and ancestors, and explores questions about globalization, collective memory and the connections between nations. Join us as Scott Tong guides us through China’s defining historical moments from a different perspective.

As part of our "Engage" series, this event features a short, off-the-record post-discussion Q&A with the speaker and moderator.


Scott Tong
Correspondent, Marketplace


Andy Rothman
Investment Strategist, Matthews Asia

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WHEN: Monday, January 08, 20186:30PM - 7:45PM

WHERE: World Affairs Auditorium

312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108



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Washington: Wilson Center -- Kissinger Institute

Seeking History in Subei: Generational Stories from China's Rise

In his reporting for the Marketplace radio program, journalist Scott Tong has always helped listeners understand the individual people behind the flood of statistical information pouring out of China.

Please join the Kissinger Institute for a discussion of Tong’s new book, A Village With My Name, which brings his signature combination of issue analysis and personal narrative to the sweep of modern Chinese history. While uncovering the tales of his ancestors in a northern Jiangsu Province village, Tong reminds readers that the narrative of China’s national rise is actually composed of innumerable individual struggles.

A Village with My Name will be available for purchase.


Jennifer Turner
Director, China Environment Forum


Scott Tong
Sustainability Correspondent, Marketplace


Robert Daly
Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States


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