Crazy Canton

Posted by Kristen McDonald on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 07:06

I am back from vacation and today I will be speaking about China Rivers Project at the biggest bookstore in Guangzhou, the giant city in southern China previously known to westerns as Canton. Smog clings to this city like a hungry ghost, green construction awnings claw at the sky, and there is the constant throb and clang of exploding growth. But here, there is also a current of intellectual freedom. The Scottish-Chinese couple graciously hosting me moved here three years ago because the schools are far better than those in western China. And people here are curious, cultured, and I hope, eager to expand their horizons.

I think is my first formal talk (besides Chinese class) in Chinese, so that will be an interesting challenge. Plus which, the skies have just burst open and the streets are beginning to flood. Earlier in the week, hundreds of thousands of cars parked in underground garages were inundated with floodwater and sewage and nobody wants to take the blame, especially not the auto insurance companies.

I hope I can get to the bookstore via subway. I will let you know how it goes!

hHere’s the event announcement:

http://www.douban.com/event/11895461/