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Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 19:30

China After Mao, 'Seek Truth From Facts'

Liu Heung Shing

Embassy of Iraq
Yilake Gongheguo Dashiguan 25 Xiu Shui Bei Jie


In 1977, Deng Xiaoping urged the Chinese people to ‘seek truth from facts.’ The slogan was coined to steer the people away from pure ideology towards new—and radical for the times—economic and political policies of a practical nature. In time, this strategy succeeded in rallying society behind Deng's modernization program and building the socio-political momentum necessary to carry forward economic and political reform. Liu Heung Shing will reveal how the process of unleashing the nation's resourcefulness and energy began.

Liu Heung Shing began his career as a photojournalist for Time Magazine in 1976. He moved to Beijing for Time in 1978, transferring to the Associated Press in 1981; this was followed by postings to Beijing, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Seoul and Moscow.

Liu has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize shared with his colleagues for the Spot News photo coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union. He also shared the 1991 Overseas Press Club's Eastman Kodak Prize. Liu was awarded the 1989 Picture of the Year by the University of Missouri for his China coverage, and in 2005, Paris Photo magazine named him one of the 100 most influential photographers in the world.

Liu is the author of China after Mao (1982), USSR, the Collapse of an Empire (1992) and China Portrait of a Country (2008). The Chinese language version of China after Mao was published in 2009. His current project, Shanghai: A History in Photographs 1842-Today, co-authored with Karen Smith, will be released in April, to coincide with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Liu Heung Shing was born in Hong Kong in 1951, and graduated from Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Liu Heung Shing's books will be available for purchase at this lecture.