The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

Ian Johnson: Souls of China

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson will discuss his newest book, Souls of China, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today: its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future. Following decades of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches and mosques—as well as cults, sects and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty—over what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is now searching for new guideposts. Jeffrey Wasserstrom moderates.

普利茲得獎記者張彥將會討論他的最新作《Souls of China》。作品探討宗教於當代中國復興,並解析中西信仰在中國的歷史、傳統禮節的差異,以及對中國未來的影響。經過幾十年的反宗教活動,中國現在充滿著新派的宗教建築,不同教派和政治家亦各為自己的目的試圖利用宗教。人民對信仰的追求,反映了中國社會對未來、對中國人這身份的不安與迷茫。一個世紀前,中國正在資本主義和傳統道德觀之間掙扎求全,此刻的中國則需要新的路標,以及切合當代社會時而的道德指引。張彥將會與主持人Jeffrey Wasserstrom進行對話。

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Date: 04-11-2017
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Price: $100
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