Hall Center For The Humanities


Peter Hessler

"Factory Town: Portraits from a Chinese City"
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Thu., Nov. 12, 2009, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall
*Co-Sponsored by CEAS and the Confucius Institute

Over a period of two years, freelance writer and journalist Peter Hessler researched development in Lishui, a city in the Zhejiang province of China that was in the process of establishing a new development zone. He will give a lecture on his research, as he observed the owners of one factory establish the place, hire workers, and interact with their employees.

Hessler is renowned for his two books on China. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (2001) is a Kiriyama Prize-winning book about his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in China. He also wrote a collection of articles about ordinary people's lives, Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present (2006).

Hessler is a native of Missouri, and studied English and creative writing at Princeton. In 1992, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to study English at Oxford, and joined the Peace Corps in 1996. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and also a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine. After living in China for more than a decade, Hessler is now based in Colorado.
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