Next Event: February 18, 6:30PM EST

ChinaFile Presents: In Manchuria with Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma

A discussion of Meyer’s latest book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China. Co-hosted by the New York Review of Books.

Join writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma for a discussion of rural China—home to almost half the country’s population. Meyer’s new book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, is based on three yearsin a rice-farming community, hometown to his wife’s family. The book is a combination of memoir, contemporary reportage, and historical research and presents a unique profile of China's legendary northeast territory.

For tickets, please visit the Asia Society box office.

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. The winner of a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, Meyer has also won a Whiting Writers' Award for nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Slate, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. He is the author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, which became a bestseller in China, and he divides his time between Pittsburgh and Singapore. In Manchuria will be published on February 17.

Ian Buruma is a journalist, writer, and academic. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. He writes about politics and culture for a variety of major publications, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, Financial Times, and The Guardian. His books include Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War; Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance; The China Lover; Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and Year Zero: A History of 1945.

Book signing to follow discussion.

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