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China's transformation topic of Grayson Kirk Lecture


Jianying Zha, a writer and media commentator based in New York and Beijing, will discuss China's changing cultural, social and economic landscape in "Transformation in Modern China" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in 1000 Farmer School of Business.

Zha's lecture is part of the 2012 Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Miami University's international studies program.

Born in Beijing in 1959, Zha grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution, a movement from 1966-1976 that enforced communism by removing capitalist, traditional and cultural elements from Chinese society.

Today, she writes and speaks about China’s burgeoning Internet use, new waves of cultural debate and increasingly complicated international relationships. Zha also addresses the role that public intellectuals and new media have played in creating social change, and even the possibility of a democratic future for China.

Zha’s most recent book, Tide Players, profiles six modern Chinese entrepreneurs and intellectuals and their contributions to a changing society. It was selected by The Economist as one of the best books for 2011.

Zha has written two books in English and three in Chinese, and she was published in a number of English and Chinese publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker and Dushu.

Miami University’s international studies program and East Asian studies program present the lecture, which is free and open to the public. A book signing follows the lecture. No tickets are required.

Zha’s talk is sponsored by the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Fund, an endowment established by the Tinker Foundation in honor of Grayson Kirk (Miami '24).

written by Emily Seiders, news and public information intern


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