The Bookworm’s library provides the perfect setting for readings, talks, discussions and debates, book launches, performances, and music. Audiences are enlightened by well respected novelists, journalists and travel writers; enraptured by impromptu homespun musical soirees hatched round the piano; and transported to lands far away by lilting lines of poetry. Whether your penchant is for the hottest new Chinese writers, Asia’s most illustrious entrepreneurs, or the most risque documentaries, you’ll be able to indulge it at The Bookworm.
Tickets for all events are 40 RMB for members of The Bookworm (become a member!) and 50 RMB for non-members unless otherwise specified. Tickets go on sale at The Bookworm two weeks before an event. To make an advance booking, email email@example.com. Advance tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the event. All seating is first-come, first-served.
Kids’ storytelling and craft is back with our new series ‘Stories from around the World’. Each week we will explore a different country and its most famous stories. We will be starting off with two famous Chinese myths: Change’ Flying to the Moon and The Cowherd and the Weaver Maid. Chinese mythology often tell us about the founding of Chinese culture and history, so come and listen to these beautiful tales with Karin Markowski our storyteller, and learn about China. Afterwards we will get into the spirit of Chinese New Year and make Chinese lanterns.
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40RMB per child
Little wonder we're confused about how Donald Trump will do business with China. Recently the new U.S. President had an unexpectedly "cordial" telephone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and committed to honoring the "One China policy" involving Taiwan. That's quite a reversal, after Trump earlier accused Beijing of manipulating its currency and "raping" American business, and threatened to use the "One China" protocols as leverage in trade negotiations with Chinese officials. In this RASBJ presentation, veteran business consultant, commentator and author James McGregor -- freshly returned from a trip to Washington D.C. -- will offer his views on the "new abnormal" in Sino-U.S. trade and business relations.
James McGregor is Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide and author of two highly regarded books: No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism, and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China. He is a former China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and former CEO of Dow Jones China. In his nearly three decades in China, he has also been a venture capital investor, entrepreneur who founded a research company for hedge funds, and an advisor to many multinationals and start-up companies. McGregor is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society Global Council and National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
65RMB(members of RASBJ and Bookworm), 75RMB(non-members)
includes a house drink
Jonathan Kaiman, Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, recently spent a month in Africa reporting on China's deepening influence across the continent. In Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, he found that Africans' enthusiasm for the country, once sustained by waves of easy money, is beginning to wane; that they're beginning to see the drawbacks of dealing so closely with the world’s newest superpower, one incalculably different from the retrenching West. Come hear Jonathan's rare insights into the changing face of the China-Africa relationship, with stories from Djiboutian-Chinese restaurants, Ethiopian factories, rural Ghanaian gambling halls, and much, much more.
The talk will be moderated by the BBC's Beijing Correspondent and FCCC vice-president, John Sudworth.
Includes a free drink
Join The Bookworm's weekly SciFi Book Club to talk about your favorite science fiction short stories! Each meeting we choose a short story to read and discuss. Authors we've talked about so far include Greg Egan, Iain M. Banks, Cory Doctorow, Andy Weir, Liu Cixin, Peter Watts, Neal Stephenson, Ted Chiang, and many others. The club meets every Thursday at 8pm. Add Olga on WeChat @Merukaba for more information.
Join Democrats Abroad for an event honoring Black History Month and the United State of Women's week of action. There will be a short reading by Kassy Lee, a screening of Selma, and guided discussion following the film.
*Open to all nationalities
NGOs in China are facing pressure to take the international stage but the journey can be a difficult one. Looking at this issue in detail is the hot-off-the-presses “Chinese NGOs Going Global” report by the Global Environmental Institute. The report analyzes the opportunities and challenges Chinese NGOs are currently facing to expand and improve their work internationally. GEI report author Jingwei Zhang, who herself has carried out GEI’s NGO work abroad, will present some of the report’s findings and moderate a session featuring NGO panelists all highly experienced in this field: Elizabeth Knup, Ford Foundation China Chief Representative; Yiyi Fan, a China foreign aid research fellow at Chinese Academy of International trade and Economic Cooperation; and Siran Huang, a researcher of Chinese CSR at consulting firm, Syntao.
Includes a drink
Join us for a special edition of Kids’ Storytelling, featuring children’s author Dingli Stevens and illustrator, Liang Kun. Together they are the creators of a series of books about a young girl called Elena who celebrates different Chinese festivals, from Mooncake Festival to Chinese New Year. Dingli will entertain us with Elena’s adventures and an illustration workshop with Liang Kun will follow. Bring the kids along for a fun and happy event!
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Beijing Improv is China’s oldest and largest Improvised Theater organization. Its members come from around the world and have been trained in the best improv schools from New York, Chicago, California, the UK, France, New Zealand and more. Script-less, long-form is a popular type of improv that uses audience suggestions to create an extended scene. Attendees never know what is in store but there is always the guarantee of a laugh and a good time. Don’t miss this hilarious event!
Beijing Improv is a non-profit organization, so they donate all of their proceeds to a local charity Hua Dan which benefits migrant workers and children through the performance arts.
PRESALE: 75RMB (65 RMB for members)
AT THE DOOR: 85RMB
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China Double-Takes: Using Comparisons to Make Sense of the PRC - A Book Talk by Jeffrey Wasserstrom in conversation with Ian Johnson
This presentation will introduce readers to the speaker's Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo, which came out last year from Penguin and is made up of a series of short and often playful commentaries on culture and politics. Speaking right after flying to Beijing from California, he will also discuss recent developments in U.S.-China relations and current American views of the PRC.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine, the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of several others, including The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China (2016). He has been traveling to China for thirty years and writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, ranging from TIME to the TLS, the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Ian Johnson writes features and essays for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, amongst others, and is the author of Wild Grass, and A Mosque in Munich, and the soon-to-be-released The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.
Includes a drink
José Rodrigues dos Santos: Bestselling novelist, TV journalist and war correspondent from Portugal in conversation with Ambassador of Portugal, Dr. Jorge Torres Pereira
José Rodrigues dos Santos is a bestselling novelist, essayist and journalist from Portugal whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has sold more than three million copies worldwide.
He is best known internationally for his novels Codex 632 and the Einstein Enigma, both of which were longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. José is also a TV journalist for Portuguese public television, where he presents RTP’s evening news. As an award-winning reporter he has covered wars around the globe, including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Lebanon, Georgia, Libya and Ukraine. He teaches journalism at Lisbon’s New University and has a Phd in war reporting.
Includes a House Drink
The performance will take the audience back to the East Berlin of 1958 when Hans Bunge, Bertolt Brecht’s assistant at the Berliner Ensemble and later Manager of the Brecht Archive, began the first of his fourteen recorded interviews with Brecht’s best friend and collaborator, the composer, Hanns Eisler.
Sabine Berendse, the daughter of the late Hans Bunge, together with Paul Clements have translated the conversations from the German and created a dramatic reconstruction of extracts from the conversations. A selection of recordings of Eisler’s music and rarely seen photographic images of Eisler and others illustrate the show.
In these conversations Eisler offers a compelling and absorbing account of his and Brecht’s close friendship and collaboration. He provides illuminating and original insights into Brecht’s work and ideas and gives an entertaining first-hand description of his friend’s personality and attitudes.
Sabine Berendse grew up in East Germany. She read Cultural Studies at Karl Marx University in Leipzig and studied for a Masters in Library and Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A current resident of Cardiff, Wales, she works as Librarian and Information Specialist and freelance translator.
Paul Clements has taught, acted and directed in the UK, U.S., and Canada, Scandinavia. Paul was Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales and, from 1985-1996, Director of Drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. From 1996 until his retirement in 2008 he was Principal of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. In 2002 he was co-winner of The Blue Angel at the Berlin Film Festival for his work on the Danish film, Minor Mishaps, which won the award for Best European Film.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
Mark O’Neill will introduce his latest work Ireland's Imperial Mandarin: How Sir Robert Hart Became the Most Influential Foreigner in Qing China .
“There is almost no Chinese official upon whom I can rely. But the report of this foreigner is reliable… If we had 100 Harts, our affairs would run smoothly.”
—Prince Gong, Director of the Tsungli Yamen, forerunner of the Foreign Ministry.
Sir Robert Hart served as the Inspector-General of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service of the Qing dynasty from 1863 until his death in 1911. No foreigner has ever had or will ever have the life he did in China. He provided the government with more than 20 per cent of its annual revenue, set up the Chinese Post Office, founded a system of lighthouses along the coast, bought British warships that were the foundation of the modern Chinese navy and negotiated a peace treaty to end the Sino-French war. He was a trusted confidant of government leaders who constantly sought his advice in how to deal with aggressive and meddling foreigners.
In his extensive research Mark O'Neill used a wide range of sources, in English and Chinese, to describe this fascinating and complex character in all his many colours.
includes a House Drink
Investigate creative and logistical techniques to inspire your own visual poetry! Join us at the Bookworm on March 16th for a night of exploration into the eclectic, poetic audio-visual world of artist Matt Hulse. Matt has been making films and photographs since the early 90's. The majority of these, in one way or another, explore journeys - whether actual or imagined - and seek to articulate through the power of sound and image the unique and transformative experience of travel. Matt will share and discuss a selection of films shot in the DPRK, Dresden, Warsaw, Vienna, Czech Republic and the UK. He will also premiere a brand new film from Outer Mongolia and perform a new spoken word piece based on visits to North Korea as a tour leader for Koryo Tours.
Click here to watch the trailer Exploring The Mongolian Steppe with Koryo Tours, directed by Matt Hulse.
100RMB (Includes a free drink)
The book that places contemporary Chinese banking within a context of traditional Chinese culture and within a broader market socialist economy dominated by the Communist Party. It is also the only book that compares Chinese banking today with both Chinese banking pre-1949, and also with the banking systems at similar stages of development in other Northeast Asian nations.
James Stent served for 13 years on the boards of China Minsheng Bank and China Everbright Bank in Beijing, and is presently on the boards of banks in Mongolia and Myanmar. Altogether, he has been engaged in commercial banking in Asia for more than four decades, starting with Citibank and Crocker National Bank in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Thailand, prior to joining the management of a Thai bank in Bangkok. Stent now divides his time between residences in Bangkok and California. Fluent in Chinese and Thai, he studied economic development at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Ted Plafker is an American journalist who has lived and worked in Beijing since 1989. He has written for the South China Morning Post, Washington Post, Boston Globe and many others. Since 1994 he has been a Beijing correspondent for The Economist. He served for three years as President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China and is the author of the book "Doing Business in China", published in 2007 by Hachette.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
Yvo&Chrissy - Film Screening with the director of the Pink Space Sexuality Research Center He XiaoPei
The film is about journeys of searching for identity, humanity, happiness through giving up wealth, property, stability or given gender. The film is featuring two young people from England. Their life stories seek to inspire those who are considered as mainstream to rethink about money, family, stability, gender and sex and how these link to well-being.
He Xiaopei is executive director of the Pink Space Sexuality Research Center in Beijing, an NGO she co-founded in 2007 that provides a platform for minority groups, especially women and children, to tell their stories. Prior to that, He gave up her job in the State Council to enter a master’s program in the UK on gender and development studies. She is a rights advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, those from the LGBT community, and the disabled. She’s also the director of several short films that shed light on these issues.
The screening will be followed by Q-and-A with He XiaoPei
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)