In 1956, eight-year-old Sirin Phathanothai and her twelve-year-old brother, children of the closest advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand, were secretly sent to China as an offering of goodwill from Thailand's political elite to China's “living bridge” between the two countries. Raised as a ward of Zhou Enlai, within the confines of China's powerful and reclusive leadership, Sirin Phathanothai provides a unique eyewitness account of daily life amongst the founders of the new China. Her autobiography has recently been made into a series by Beijing Television, to be broadcast later this year. BIS is pleased to welcome Ms. Phathanothai who will show a short film clip from the upcoming series and speak about her experiences growing up amongst China's elite. Her book, “The Dragon's Pearl”, will be offered for sale at the event.