WHAT: "The Class of 77: How my classmates changed China" an RASBJ online talk by author Jaime FlorCruz about his upcoming book, followed by QA
WHEN: Thursday May 12, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 PM Beijing Time
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In this online talk about his new memoir, veteran China-watcher and former Beijing Bureau Chief for CNN and TIME, Jaime A. FlorCruz discusses the first Peking University class enrolled after China's 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution. The class of '77 included some of China's best and brightest including today's premier Li Keqiang and politician Bo Xilai who was controversially purged in 2012. The author's presence in that Beida class is remarkable too. As a leftwing student from Manila, FlorCruz was part of a youth group that visited China in 1971. Some of them became stranded in China because Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos suddenly declared martial law; they risked imprisonment (or worse) if they returned to Manila. To inquire about obtaining a copy of the book, please email the publisher at Graham@earnshaw.com
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SPEAKER'S BIO: Jaime FlorCruz began working as a journalist in China in 1980 as a reporter for Newsweek magazine. He joined TIME magazine's Beijing bureau in 1982, and later served as the publication's Beijing Bureau Chief from 1990 to 2000. From 2001-2014, FlorCruz served as Beijing Bureau Chief and correspondent forCNN. He covered the death of Deng Xiaoping in 1997, the handover of Hong Kong in the same year, the Tiananmen protests in 1989, and the Sichuan earthquake and the Beijing Olympics, both in 2008. He was a two-term president of the 300-member Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (1988-90 and 1996-1999) and was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in 2000. FlorCruz studied, worked and lived in China for nearly 50 years.
MODERATOR'S BIO: Melinda Liu is a veteran U.S. foreign correspondent in Beijing and co-director of the short documentary "Doolittle Raiders: A China Story" (Disclosure: As Newsweek's Beijing Bureau Chief, Liu gave FlorCruz his first media job.)