Shanghai Through the Years 今昔上海
With the support of the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong
Being China’s cosmopolitan metropolis of old and new, Shanghai has rapidly become one of the most populous cities in the world. Shanghai’s transformation into a uniquely global city is rife with personal tragedies and dramatic tales. Author Helen Zia’s Last Boat Out of Shanghai offers a detailed mid-20th century look at the storied city, buffeted by war and chaos, revolution and exodus as its residents seek to survive through continual change and uncertainty. Photographer Liu Heung Shing’s A Life in a Sea of Red provides an intimate new look into Shanghai’s collision of past, present and future. Join these two journalists in conversation with West Kowloon Cultural District’s Artistic Director Alison Friedman as they discuss the political turmoil and upheaval that shaped Shanghai throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Helen Zia, an award-winning journalist and Fulbright Scholar, spent 12 years working on her recent book, Last Boat out of Shanghai.
Liu Heung Shing is an accomplished photojournalist and Pulitzer-prize winning photographer.