Take a peek into the opaque world of China’s officialdom with best-selling author Wang Xiaofang. Even though new “house aunties”, “house sisters” or “watch brothers” crop up at least once a week, the inner workings and doings of Chinese officialdom are about as clear as Beijing’s “pristine” sky on a sunny winter day. Wang Xiaofang, once a bureaucratic hotshot himself, not only had the opportunity to see it from the inside, he also decided to share his experiences with the world. And it is so much more than just the corruption (yawn, yawn…)! There is factional infighting, political horse-trading, mean accusations and the equally cynical a** kissing.
While we wait impatiently for a Chinese version of the “House of Cards”, let’s hear from best-selling author Wang Xiaofang, who can surely tell us all about it….
DATE: Mar 14 (Thursday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Liangmahe Nanlu 4 – 荷兰王国驻华大 使馆 – 北京, 中 华人民共和国北京市亮马河 南路4号, phone: 85320200
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Wang Xiaofang was born in 1963 in Shenyang and was Shenyang Deputy Mayor Ma Xiangdong’s private secretary from 1997 to 1999. Ma became infamous for gambling away millions of RMB, all of which came from public coffers, in Macau casinos. He was later sentenced to death for his crimes. Wang Xiaofang was found innocent of any involvement in his boss’s misdeeds and left the civil service in 1999 to begin a career as a writer. He has published thirteen political novels in China. His novels have always been bestsellers in China, and “The Civil Servants Notebook,” which has been translated by Eric Abrahamsen and published by Penguin in 2012, is his first book to be published in English. Although Wang has been hailed by some as an “anti-corruption” writer, others have criticized him for using his earlier insider position as the “Mayor’s Secretary”—this is literally the title of one of his novels—to profit from official corruption in China.