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Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop with Jonathan Geldart
Sat 4 June 2016, 12:30 – 13:30 BST
Join us as Jonathan Geldart transports us to a Chinese coffeeshop where we learn about the country today through the stories of its people - in particular, for this event, some of the women that he met there. Jonathan will be joined by Ellen Wang from the The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.
China remains an enigma to many. It is suspended in limbo between media reports and the filtered reality of friends and family visits. This enormous and complex country is either vilified for its shortcomings or praised for its vibrancy, culture and heritage. The truth lies somewhere in between. These Notes unearth some of the modern day truths of China, in all its complexity, through the words of those who live in Beijing. It is a beguiling series of insights and nuggets of knowledge which will educate and inform you.
You will learn much which will surprise you and things which may sadden you. However, you will emerge with a deeper appreciation of the place and particularly of its emerging middle classes who are providing the economic spending power essential to the long term success of the country.