Asia Society Hosts a Discussion about China RPCV’s Book

The Last Days of Old BeijingMichael Meyer, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in China (1995-97), will appear at the Asia Society in New York City on May 7th.

Meyer will be discussing his recent book The Last Days of Old Beijing with Orville Schell, the director of the Center on US-China Relations, at an Asia Society event — Conversation with Author Michael Meyer.

A longtime Beijing resident, Michael Meyer has been sharing a courtyard home for several years in Beijing’s oldest hutongs, Dazhalan. The book chronicles the people in his neighborhood, the forced evictions there resulting from urban overhaul and commercialization, and the destruction of its way of life.

You can also read a recent essay of Meyer’s in the New York Times (free login required).

The Peace Corps China program started in 1993. Listen to a podcast featuring current Peace Corps China country director Bonnie Thie. The program has produced a bevy of other writers like Peter Hessler and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Hooker.

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