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ChinaFile Presents: The New Yorker on China

Watch the Live-Stream: Thursday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. EST

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Join ChinaFile and five writers—Orville Schell, Peter Hessler, Evan Osnos, Zha Jianying, and Jiayang Fan—for a look back at their four decades of reporting on China for The New Yorker. Moderated by David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker.

Jiayang Fan is on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. She regularly writes about social, economic, and political issues in China for the magazine online. She is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Slate, the Paris Review, and the LA Review of Books, among other publications.

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as Beijing Correspondent from 2000 to 2007. He is the author of several books, including River Town, Country Driving, and most recently Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West.

Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008. He is currently a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and writes about politics and foreign affairs. His book Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China is based on eight years of living in Beijing.

Zha Jianying is a writer, journalist, and cultural commentator. She is the author of two books in English, Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China and China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture, and five books of nonfiction and fiction in Chinese.

David Remnick has been Editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He is the author of six books, Lenin’s Tomb; Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia; King of the World (a biography of Muhammad Ali); The Bridge (a biography of Barack Obama); and The Devil Problem and Reporting, which are collections of some of his pieces from the magazine.

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, is a long-time China observer, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books on China, most recently Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century.

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