Tuesday, Feb. 28th: Life and Death in Occupied Shanghai

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Date(s) - Tuesday, February 28 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Apartment


Betty Barr Wang, a long-time Shanghai resident and author of several works about China, will discuss her recently released book about her family’s life during the Japanese occupation and inside the internment camps. “Ruth’s Record: The Diary of an American in Japanese-Occupied Shanghai 1941-1945” is based on her mother’s account during the war. Betty will also share her memories about the privileged lives of the city’s foreign residents before they were sent off to Lunghwa, the camp made famous in J.G. Ballard’s novel Empire of the Sun.

She will be joined by Graham Earnshaw, her publisher, to discuss the process of turning the diary into a book.

About the Speakers:

Betty Barr was born in Shanghai in 1933 and has lived here for 49 of her 81 years. From the deprivations of WWII as a child to being a witness to the unfolding of China’s economic reforms, she has seen it all. Since her retirement as an instructor at Shanghai International Studies University, Betty, along with her husband George, has written Shanghai Boy Shanghai Girl and three other books.

Graham Earnshaw is a publisher and writer with several decades of experience in the China world. He is the publisher of Earnshaw Books and China Economic Review, and CEO of SinoMedia.

Venue: The Apartment – 3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu, Shanghai
Date: Tuesday, 28 Feb. 2017
Time: 7pm-9pm (doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7:30pm)
Price: 75 SFCC members; 175 non-members


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