Distinguished China Expert and Author Will Speak on her Latest Book ‘The Shortest History of China’

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(DETAIL) Zhang Zeduan (attrib), 12th century, Qingming shangde tu [‘Life on the river during the Qingming Festival]; Ink on silk, 25.5 x 525 cm; Palace Museum, Beijing.

Distinguished China Expert and Author Will Speak on her Latest Book ‘The Shortest History of China’

The Shortest History of China, published in 2021, is the critically acclaimed book by writer and translator Linda Jaivin. Chronologically arranged, the chapters move from the origins of Chinese civilisation, through the Han, Tang, Song, Mongol Yuan, Ming, Manchu Qing dynasties, to the Republic, the Mao Years, and the New Era of Xi Jinping. Each chapter is a succinct and captivating summary of a dynasty and its key players, including poets and artists. The book has been praised as ‘a fast-paced and witty survey of China’s past, written with spirit and verve…’, and ‘an indispensable primer on China’, full of insights.

TAASA members can purchase a print copy of the book at 10% discount, directly from the publisher, Black Inc’s website, using the purchase code ‘TAASA’, between 19 and 28 March.

Linda Jaivin is a noted authority on Chinese politics, language, history and culture. She has been a foreign correspondent in China and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook published by the Australian Centre on China in the World at the ANU, where she is an editorial associate.

She is a prolific, lively and erudite essayist and translator, specialising in film subtitling. She’s the author of twelve books including the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon, A Most Immoral Woman and The Empress Lover. With Geremie R. Barmé, she co-edited New Ghosts Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices. She lives in Sydney.

How to Register: Please email Chris Manning by 20th March to secure your place. bookings@taasa.org.au Registered participants will be sent the link a day or two before the lecture.

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1. By Direct Debit (“your name JAIVIN” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
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22 March, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEDT
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