Out of the Gobi: China, the U.S., and One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
212-288-6400 Price: $30 Members; $40 Students/Seniors; $50 Nonmembers
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He is one of the world’s most successful financiers and a pioneer in private equity investing in Asia. But Weijian Shan is also the author of the most compelling and powerful personal history to emerge from China in years. Out of the Gobi is the story of Shan’s exile to the Gobi Desert at age 15, and the trauma he and so many others endured during the turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. It is also a profound chapter-by-chapter history and commentary on the modern China, one with the potential to reshape how Americans view China, and how the United States looks from the perspective of the other side of the world. Shan’s improbable journey, from the People’s Republic of China to the “People’s Republic of Berkeley” and beyond, is also a uniquely American success story.
Join Weijian Shan and New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman for a conversation about China then, China now, and about one man’s remarkable odyssey.Buy tickets/get more info now