James Palmer will be discussing the role of historical memory in modern China, and how two different films, the multi-million dollar blockbuster Aftershock and the independent documentary Buried, presented competing views of the events of Tangshan, their political significance, and the way the past has shaped today’s society.
DATE: Nov 28 (Monday)
VENUE: Sealing, Second Floor, 6 Gongti Xi Lu, Chaoyang district, 朝阳区工体西路6号 (on top of METRO restaurant, opposite French Cultural Centre), phone: 65525529
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ENTRANCE: free to members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
James Palmer was born in 1978. In 2003 he won the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Prize for travel writing. He has worked with Daoist and Buddhist groups in China and Mongolia on environmental issues, and now lives in Beijing, where he works in Chinese state media. His first book was The Bloody White Baron, shortlisted for the 2008 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His second book, Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, tells the story of the Tangshan earthquake, the death of Mao Zedong, and the end of the Cultural Revolution.