Young China by Alec Ash
Alec Ash, author of Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China will be speaking at a joint meeting organised by the Meridian Society and Westminster University Contemporary China Centre on Young China.
There are more than 320 million people in mainland China between the ages of sixteen and thirty.
Children of the one-child policy, born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, they are the first generation to come of age in a market-driven, more international China. Who are these young Chinese? What are their experiences and aspirations, so radically different from their elders? And how will their differing views and values decide the future of their nation? Alec Ash, author of Wish Lanterns, a new nonfiction book that follows six such lives from childhood to late twenties, shares some of his insights about the generational trends shaping young China today, and how it connects to China’s history of youth protest.
Alec Ash is a writer and journalist in Beijing, author of Wish Lanterns, published by Picador in June 2016 and featured as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
He studied English literature at Oxford University, and first moved to Beijing in 2008. His articles have appeared in The Economist, Dissent, Foreign Policy and elsewhere. He is a regular blogger for the Los Angeles Review of Books, contributing author to the book of reportage Chinese Characters and co-editor of the anthology While We’re Here. Twitter: @alecash
We hope to see you all there!
Membership for the Meridian Society is an annual fee of £35 a year (£20 for concessions). Please visit our website for more details.
Please reply to indicate your intention of attending the event to the Meridian Society at email@example.com by Tuesday, 11th October.
Date: Thursday, 13th October
Time: 6.30-8.30 pm
Venue: Westminster University, 309 Regent Street W1B 2HW, Room RS UG05 (upper ground floor, at rear of building)
Entry: Westminster staff and students free; Meridian Society and SACU members free; Non-members £5 donation.