FROM THE OTHER SIDE
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.