Long before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was discovered between Spanish America and China that ushered in a new era of globalisation. The ‘Ruta de la Plata’ or ‘Silver Way’ catalysed economic and cultural exchange, built the foundations for the first global currency and led to the rise of the first ‘world city’. And yet, for all its importance, the Silver Way is too often neglected in conventional narratives on the birth of globalisation. Co-authors Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales re-establish its fascinating role in economic and cultural history, with direct consequences for how we understand China today.
Join Young China Watchers’ Hong Kong chapter members for this ‘meet the authors’ event.
We invite Peter Gordon (editor of the Asian Review of Books) and Juan José Morales (former President of the Spanish Chamber of Hong Kong ) to discuss.
Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books, publisher at Chameleon Press, co-founder of e-commerce firm Paddyfield.com and a regular contributor to such periodical as the South China Morning Post, Caixin and The Diplomat. He was instrumental in the development of both the Hong Kong Kong International Literary Festival and the Man Asian Literary Prize. Prior to founding Paddyfield.com, he was involved in business and investment consulting between Asia and countries of the former Soviet Union, including setting up a Russian business chamber in Hong Kong and several other joint ventures, and working with various parts of the Russian, Kazakh, Hong Kong and Cyprus governments.
Juan José Morales
Juan José Morales is a former President of the Spanish Chamber of Hong Kong and well-known as a writer and speaker on Asian and Iberian history, arts a culture. He has a Master of International and Public Affairs from the University of Hong Kong and has also studied international relations at Peking University. His writing has appeared in Caixin, China Daily, The Diplomat and The Jakarta Globe.