Join us for our monthly book chat at CCC! We are going to talk on the book "The Oracle Bones:A Journey Between China's Past and Present " by Peter Hessler.
Oracle Bones refers to ancient bones inscribed with the earliest writing in China which were used to predict the future. Peter Hessler, the Beijing correspondent for New Yorker magazine and once an English teacher in China, examines the country's past and present in an attempt to show how it is changing in the 21st century. He follows some of his old students as they migrate from the countryside to the cities where China's export and manufacturing industries are booming. He highlights the plight of some of the ethnic minorities, the government's confrontations with Falum Gong, and its complex relationship with the United States. He also looks at China's ancient and recent history that both built its conservative nature and ruined many of its intellectuals. Oracle Bones has received mostly positive review with USA Today saying, "Looking to the past for a hint of understanding China. Oracle Bones is an excellent place to start."
About CCC Chinese Book Club
The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.
At the CCC's Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies.
You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!
CCC Book Club day group: 10:30 am.
Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.
Venue: CCC Learning Centre, China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
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