SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Yangguizi to Laowai: Foreign presences in the People’s Republic of China

Richard Kirkby

Date: 30 November 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 30 November 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Book Launch


With brief reference to a former age, Richard Kirkby discusses his new book, Intruder in Mao’s Realm in the context of two recent works about the foreign presence in the People’s Republic of China.

Author of studies of China’s development, including the groundbreaking Urbanisation in China, Richard Kirkby’s memoir reveals how life was for the handful of foreigners in China during the dying years of the Cultural Revolution. The third generation of his family to live in China, he is kept up-to-date regarding the subject of his talk by his Sichuan-based son – who represents the fourth generation.

Pre-talk reception

All participants are invited to a reception on the same day  before the SOAS talk (30 November, 5:30pm-6:30pm hosted by Arthur Probsthain Bookshop, 41 Great Russell St. WC1B 3PE (opposite the British Museum).

Organiser: Organised in conjunction with the SOAS China Institute Arthur Probsthain Bookshop and the Meridian

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Sponsor: The Meridian Society