China Institute invites you to join our first ever ONE READ project! Read the book with our community, meet the author, and deepen your understanding of modern China by examining the world behind Liang Hong’s literary sensation, China in One Village. The book travels with the author to her ancestral village in landlocked Henan Province. What she finds is a family riven by the seismic changes in Chinese society and a village turned inside out by emigration, neglect, and environmental despoliation. The book, newly published in English, raises the question: after decades of rapid development, what happens to the millions of Chinese still left behind by country’s astounding economic growth? On December 8, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson joins author Liang Hong to kick off our One Read series with a virtual conversation about the human impact of China’s extraordinary rise.

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