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Event 60


Please note that due to the cancellation of Ha Jin, this event description now differs from the print programme.

As countries around the world debate immigration, Shanghai-based American writer Rob Schmitz leads a conversation on outsider perspectives. Schmitz, who as an LA reporter covered the immigration beat, says xenophobia is common in China and that he will never be seen to belong; in contrast, his wife, the ethnic Chinese writer Lenora Chu who was born and raised in America, is readily embraced. Taiwan-born novelist Janie Chang, has lived in Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and now Canada, and has spoken eloquently of the feeling of in-between-ness experienced as an immigrant and person of colour. Join all three for an intriguing discussion about difference and commonality.

Supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Sat, 20 May 2017

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