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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 19:30

Finding One's Dream in Rural China: an American family's effort to preserve China's heritage

Brian Linden

Residence of the Ambassador of the United States
17, Guanghua lu, Beijing


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The focus of the talk will be Linden family’s attempts to inspire a more balanced approach to the development of rural China and the ways this family came up with a model that includes the government and communities in the decision-making process and helps to ensure a win-win situation for all.

Brian Linden 林登

Brian is a Chicago native who began working in China with CBS News in 1984. From 1984 -1987, he was involved in interviews with Chinese leaders and also found time to play the leading role in a feature-length movie- "He Came from across the Pacific.". Brian pursued graduate work at University of Illinois, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford and spent 15 years working on education investment projects around the world before returning to China to develop The Linden Centre in 2005.

The Linden Centre's Heritage Hotel collection has expanded to seven historic sites in Yunnan. The hotels serve as the social enterprise for the company and allow the team to focus on ancillary educational programming, poverty alleviation projects, and community design and planning. Brian and his wife, Jeanee, homeschooled their two boys throughout the development of these projects, and their story of commitment and risk has garnered the full support of the Chinese government and media.