Contemporary ‘Chinese Characters’ Illuminated at Saint Joseph’s

Thursday, September 13, 2012

by Patricia Allen

Three contributors to Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, a collection of non-fiction stories about life in contemporary China, will discuss the book at Saint Joseph’s University on Friday, Sept. 21, at 12 p.m. in the Wachterhauser Seminar Room of the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library.

China expert and contributor James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the international relations program, will join journalist Angilee Shah, the book’s co-editor (with Jeffrey Wasserstrom) and fellow contributor Megan Shank, a freelance writer and Chinese-language translator, for the hour-long event.

Recently chosen as a smart non-fiction pick for fall reading by the Christian Science Monitor, the book offers 15 essays by some of the most prominent journalists and scholars writing about today’s China. Carter’s essay, “Looking for Lok To,” is about the role of Buddhism in creating and maintaining a sense of Chinese identity, especially among the Chinese diaspora community. “King of the Road,” Shanks’ essay, focuses on the role of car ownership in China, and how the automobile is changing the country and its people.

The book talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Drexel Library at 610-660-1905.

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