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  • Events | 14 June, 2009 (13:36)

    Jun 18 – Book Talk By Paul French: Through The Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao

    Book talk: Through the Looking Glass – China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao
    Speaker: Paul French

    DATE: Thursday, June 18th, 2009
    TIME: 7.30pm
    VENUE: Paddy O’Shea’s upstairs private function room (http://www.thebeijinger.com/directory/Paddy-OSheas)
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 50 rmb to non-members
    BOOK SALES: copies will be available for purchase on the door
    RSVP to fcccadmin@gmail.com

    Please join us for what promises to be a very lively talk by economic analyst and historian Paul French. Paul will introduce his latest book Through the Looking Glass – China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao. The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with the newspapers printed in the European Factories of Canton in the 1820s and ends with the Communist revolution in 1949. It also starts with a duel between two editors over China’s future and ends with a fistfight in Shanghai over the revolution. Paul French describes the book as “a history of China through the way it [has] been reported in foreign press. Journalists get up to all kinds of things. They go deeper than businessmen and diplomats.”

    One review by Melinda Liu, Beijing Bureau Chief of Newsweek and former president of the FCCC, reads, “Opium-addict, concubine, missionary, spy – Paul French brings to life the larger-than-life personalities of a bygone China foreign press corps. Reading Through the Looking Glass makes me wish I’d become an old China hand a century earlier.”

    Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years as a founder and the Chief China Representative of the research consultancy Access Asia. He is a widely published analyst, writer and commentator on China and has written four books. In 2006, he published his biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow – A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times and Adventures of an American in Shanghai, described by the Financial Times as a “captivating narrative”.