Monthly Luncheon - July 2016
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:30 am
Location: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Reservations: Make your reservation and payment online (below)
Guest Speaker: Jian Ping, Author
Topic: Mulberry Child
Jian Ping grew up during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in China, living through traumatic chaos and hardship. She worked in Beijing for four years after college and came to the U.S. to do her graduate studies in the mid 1980s.
Since the publication of Mulberry Child, Jian Ping has been featured on Chicago Tonight Show with Phil Ponce at WTTW, the Asian American Network News, SuncasTV and numerous radio and newspaper interviews in the United States and Canada.
Today, Jian Ping works as a contributing writer at Xinhua News Agency and China Daily, two major media outlets from China. She is also a columnist at Asian Wisconzine, a monthly magazine in the Midwest.
Jian Ping was a recipient of the Florence Bear Picker Fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation and held a Ragdale residency. Her other publications include China in the Next 30 Years (CCTP, Beijing, guest-editor, 2016), Chinese Film Theory (Praeger, New York, co-editor, 1989), and A Fool's Paradise (Xiwang Publishing, China, translator, 1984).
Jian Ping has a bachelor's degree in English from Jilin University, Changchun, China and dual master's
degrees in Film and International Affairs from Ohio University.She is on adjunct faculty at DePaul University and a member of the Chicago Sister Cities International. She founded MoraQuest in 2008 and works as a consultant in Sino-U.S. cultural exchange programs and business dealings.
Mulberry Child is the heart-wrenching true story of a childhood in Communist China.
Jian Ping is the daughter of a senior government official in the rural northeast of the country, growing up at a time of famine and political upheaval in the 1960s. Jian Ping’s innocent childhood comes to an abrupt end when the Cultural Revolution-a power struggle within the ruling party-engulfs the country like a wildfire.
Jian Ping’s father, Hou Kai, is falsely accused of treason-he is detained, beaten, and publicly shamed. Her mother Gu Wenxiu, a top administrator of a middle school, is paraded in public and imprisoned by the Revolution Committee and the Red Guards-both driving forces of the Cultural Revolution. She is forbidden to see her children and pressured to divorce her husband. The family is pushed to a breaking point when they are forced to live in a mud house without heating, water, or a toilet.
Facing abuse and deprivation, Jian Ping’s family stands steadfastly together, from her aging grandmother Nainai, a frail woman with bound feet, to her parents and siblings. The traumatic impact of their experiences shape the course of their lives forever.
Based on her own memories, as well as interviews and exhaustive research, Mulberry Child is a sprawling family saga and an inspiring tale of resilience and determination, a coming of age story told through the eyes of an innocent child. Mulberry Child allows us an insider’s look into a closed-off world and is written with compassion in honest and intimate language.
Lunch is $40 per person including three-course meal, coffee/tea, tax and gratuity
(Soda is not included however it may be purchased separately)
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