Join Elizabeth Rowland, Executive Director of TN-China Network, for a discussion of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos on Wednesday, May 20, at 12 noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
The discussion will be part of the Knox County Public Library’s monthly lunchtime book discussion series, Books Sandwiched In, and is made possible through a partnership with TN-China Network and by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library.
From the Books Sandwiched In event announcement:
“Modern day China is experiencing a great collision: the clash between the elevation of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control. The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos has seen the clash first hand during his decades on the ground covering this rising global power. In Age of Ambition, Osnos asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals—fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture—consider themselves “angry youth” dedicated to resisting the West’s influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth?”
Elizabeth Rowland will discuss these and other topics from the book, drawing on her experiences living and working in China, where she founded an online jewelry company that sourced from China; served as a policy analyst for the American Chamber of Commerce in China; and served as senior manager of policy analysis with the Beijing office of an international law firm.
Please join us for the discussion, and bring your own lunch to enjoy during the event. Soft drinks and bottled water for will be on sale for 50 cents.
For more information, visit the Knox County Public Library Books Sandwiched In website.
POST UPDATE: A podcast of this event can be listened to on or downloaded from the Knox County Public Library’s website.