Linda Jaivin - The Shortest History of China

Thursday 20 May 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
INSTORE TICKET $15.00, ONLINE TICKET $5.00
Tickets available until 20 May 2021 4:00 PM

This event commences instore and online at 6.30pm (AEST)

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Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

A pacy history of China that can be read in an afternoon, but will transform your perspective for a lifetime.

Anita Heiss is in-conversation with Linda Jaivin discussing The Shortest History of China.

From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has influenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years.

Chinese history is sprawling and gloriously messy. It is full of heroes who are also villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses, rebels, loyalists, dissidents and wits. The story of women in China, from the earliest warriors to twentieth-century suffragettes, is rarely told. And historical spectres of corruption and disunity, which have brought down many a mighty ruling house, continue to haunt the People’s Republic today.

Modern China is seen variously as an economic powerhouse, an icon of urbanisation, a propaganda state or an aggressive superpower seeking world domination. Linda Jaivin distils a vast history into a short, readable account that tells you what you need to know, from China’s philosophical origins to its political system, to the COVID-19 pandemic and where the PRC is likely to lead the world.

Linda Jaivin is an expert in Chinese politics, language and culture. She has been a foreign correspondent in China, and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook and associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. The author of twelve books, she writes regularly for The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and Australian Foreign Affairs.

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