YCW LN: Book Club

China Witness by Xinran

Date: Wednesday 24 January 2024
Arrival time: 6:00pm / Book Club start time: 6:15pm
Venue: Old China Hand, 8 Tysoe St, London EC1R 4RQ
RSVP required: RSVP here

Join the London Young China Watchers community for the launch of our brand new Book Club for 2024. Our first pick is China Witness by Xinran. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to finish it by 24th January – if you’re interested, we would love to see you there! The Club is very relaxed and welcomes new and existing YCW members.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

RSVP here


China Witness by Xinran

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China Witness is the personal testimony of a generation whose stories have not yet been told. Here the grandparents and great-grandparents of today sum up in their own words – for the first and perhaps the last time – the vast changes that have overtaken China’s people over a century. The book is at once a journey by the author through time and place, and a memorial to those who have lived through war and civil war, persecution, invasion, revolution, famine, modernization, Westernization – and have survived into the 21st century. We meet everyday heroes, now in their seventies, eighties and nineties, from across this vast country – a herb woman at a market, retired teachers, a legendary ‘double-gun woman’, Red Guards, oil pioneers, an acrobat, a female general, a lantern maker, taxi drivers, and more- those whose voices, as Xinran says, ‘will help our future understand our past’.

London – China Witness Book Club (Wed, 24 Jan)
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