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Announcing: Howard French Book Talk at The Bookworm, December 21

China's Second Continent

Howard French, veteran China reporter and former senior correspondent with the New York Times, will be at The Bookworm on Monday, December 21 to talk about his latest book, China’s Second Continent, which looks at how China’s increasing presence in Africa is affecting the world. The talk will be moderated by Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo.

The Second Continent was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. Here’s more praise for it:

“Extraordinary…French delves into the lives of some of the one million-plus Chinese migrants he says are now building careers in Africa…and the stories [he] tells are fascinating.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Riveting…As a massive transactional process, China’s entry into Africa has been a dramatic success…but as an ideological and cultural undertaking, Mr. French’s masterly account suggests that it is getting nowhere.”
The Economist

“In his important new book, French weaves a rich tapestry of anecdotes, interspersed with numerous interviews with Chinese migrants and Africans alike, offering readers an eminently fair, occasionally humorous and sympathetic, but always engaging account….A searing, trenchant, and entertaining study of how China, in both an individual and collective sense, is shrewdly and opportunistically maximizing its relationships with African nations in an effort to extend its economic influence across the world. ”
The Christian Science Monitor

“China’s trade with Africa has grown dramatically…But China’s investments…are less significant for this rapidly evolving relationship, according to this 15-country survey by veteran African correspondent French, than the significant flow of new Chinese immigrants—often pushed out by the pressure and oppression back home as much as lured by opportunity. In vivid first-person reportage, French explores this momentous phenomenon, while challenging assumptions about China and Chinese immigrants…The book will appeal to students of China and Africa, and anyone interested in the shifting contours of the global economy and its geopolitical consequences.”
Publishers Weekly

“Almost no other writer would have dared the reportorial and story-telling challenge Howard French has set for himself in China’s Second Continent, and absolutely none could have pulled it off as well. This is foreign reportage and analysis presented as compelling human drama.”
—James Fallows, author, China Airborne

French was Shanghai Bureau Chief for the New York Times in the mid-2000s. He is also author of the book A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa.

Howard FrenchKaiser Kuo

Monday, December 21, 7:30 pm

50 RMB (40 RMB members)

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