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A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World

April 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Scott Tong
Marketplace Correspondent
Thursday April 5
4:00 pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the UB Department of History

Scott Tong has reported from more than a dozen countries as a correspondent for Marketplace, from refugee camps in east Africa to shoe factories in eastern China. In 2006, he opened Marketplace’s first permanent bureau in China, as Shanghai bureau chief. His first book, A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World (University of Chicago Press, 12/2017) offers a long view of China’s opening to the West, told through the lives of five people across five generations in his own family.

A Village with My Name offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people who witnessed such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan’s occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass famine during the Great Leap Forward, and market reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Tong’s story focuses on members of his family, who offer a specific window on a changing country: a rare American-educated girl born in the closing days of the Qing Dynasty, an abandoned toddler from World War II who later rides the wave of China’s global export boom, a young professional climbing the ladder at a multinational company, and an orphan adopted during a baby-selling scandal fueled by foreign money. By uncovering his family’s history, Tong discovered a new way to understand the defining moments of modern China and its long, interrupted quest to go global.


April 5, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm