Living in Urban and Rural China

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Date(s) - Monday, May 13 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Apartment


Author Michael Meyer

Monday, May 13th

Few foreign writers have experienced the breadth of Chinese life as deeply as Meyer. In his first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing – which comes out in Chinese this month – Meyer recounts his three years living in a Beijing courtyard home in the city’s oldest neighborhood amidst tremendous change and destruction. Meyer’s book answers the question: What does it take to protect architectural and cultural heritage in China’s cities and beyond, and at what cost? Meyer is now writing a second book about his experience living in a rural village and traveling across Manchuria where people are also struggling with development and change. Meyer will recount his urban and rural adventures in a slide show.

Monday, May 13th 

Venue: Apartment

3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

永福路47号3楼, 近复兴西路

  Time: Monday, May 13th 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Doors open at 12:00. Event starts at 12:30 p.m.

Admission: special set menu 100 RMB for members; 200 RMB for non-members

About the speaker:

Michael Meyer first came to China in 1995 as a Peace Corps volunteer, and worked as a Beijing-based journalist, contributing to The New York Times, TIME, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post and many more. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and residencies at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. His next book, In Manchuria: Journeys Across China’s Northeast Frontier, will be published soon.


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