YCW LN: Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial

with Karoline Kan, Author, Beijing Editor at Chinadialogue, NüVoices Board Member and former New York Times reporter

Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:30 pm

K-1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
[6:30 pm] Doors Open [7:00 pm] Event Begins

This event is run in partnership with the London Chapter of NüVoices, an international editorial collective that celebrates and supports the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China.

A huge gap exists between the older and younger generations in China. Older generations self-describe themselves as “hardworking”, “responsible”, “money-saving” and as “bitter-eaters” (a popular term used to describe those who sacrifice and martyr themselves). By contrast, millennials in China have been labelled, variously: “the spoiled”, “the apolitical”, the generation of “little emperors and princesses”, “the materialists”, “the young nationalists” and “the selfish”. Sweeping generalisations such as these lose sight of the diversity of struggles, achievements, aspirations and stories of an entire generation.

Globally, the voices of young Chinese women are also often neglected. In recent years, several books have attempted to profile Chinese millennials but all have been by foreign authors. Authored by Karoline Kan, Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial is the first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial.

In Under Red Skies, Kan tells the stories of three generations of her family, shedding light upon the experiences of navigating a career and love during a time rife with socio-political and economic change in China. As such, Kan’s family portrait reflects the shifting sands of China and reveals how the country’s jarring past and the stories of older generations have shaped China into the powerful nation it is today. The real China, Kan shows, is not only what is shown in the daily news cycle.

YCW London is delighted to host Karoline Kan to discuss her latest book, Under Red Skies. Copies of her book will be on sale at the event and are also available on Amazon UK.

FORMAT

A short reading, followed by a discussion and an audience Q&A. The event will close with networking drinks at The Wellington.

ABOUT KAROLINE KAN

Karoline Kan is the author of Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial. She is also a former New York Times reporter who writes about millennial life and politics in China. Currently, Kan is Beijing Editor at Chinadialogue and a Board Member of NüVoices. She lives in Beijing.

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VENUE DETAILS

K-1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
(Followed by networking drinks at: The Wellington, 351 Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 0HS)

London – Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial with Karoline Kan (Fri, 31 May)
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