Saturday, March 18, Lijia Zhang at the Literary Festival-China’s sex trade and growing gender inequality

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Date(s) - Saturday, March 18 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Glam Bar


The Shanghai FCC is proud to sponsor Beijing writer and social commentator at the Shanghai Literary Festival. Zhang will be discussing her debut novel Lotus, which tells the story of a young migrant-worker-turned-prostitute as she carves out a life for herself in Shenzhen, China’s ‘City of Sins’. Lijia will talk about the secret life of her grandmother and how she conducted her research on China’s massive underground sex trade. She’ll also discuss China’s deeply-flawed legal system, the brutal treatment of working girls, the broad social issues that have led to the spectacular rise of China’s sex industry, and China’s growing gender inequality. Hannah Beech will moderate the discussion. 

“In this sensitive novel about a young prostitute, Zhang Lijia gives us a window into a China that few people–inside or outside the country–can imagine: a land of underground sex trade, corrupt police, desperate migrants, and flawed characters trying to make the right decisions.”

—Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, and Wild Grass

Lijia’s bio:

Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. One of the few Chinese who write regularly in English for international publications, her articles have appeared in The GuardianThe South China Morning Post, Newsweek and The New York Times. Author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Socialism Is Great!,” her debut novel Lotus, on prostitution in contemporary China, was published by Macmillan in January 2017. She lives in Beijing with her younger daughter.


Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.


Five on the Bund,
7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
广东路20号, 外滩五号7楼, 近中山东一路

Phone: 6350 9988

Adult Tickets: 85 rmb
Students/children: 40 rmb
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