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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 19:30

Foreign Devils in the Middle Kingdom: What It Means To Be a Laowai in China

Graham Earnshaw, Publisher,

China Economic Review and Earnshaw Books


Embassy of Mongolia

2 Xiushui North Street


Menggu Dashiguan 2 Xiushui Bei Jie


BIS events are open to foreign passport holders only.

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Non-members welcome for a single lecture fee of RMB 50;
students with valid ID RMB 20.

Membership desk open 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm lecture,
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The status of foreigners living in China is a topic of sensitivity and puzzlement in a way that is not true of foreigners living in Brazil, India or France. Why? Graham Earnshaw, a long term and committed laowai, discusses the position and prospects of foreigners in the flowery kingdom, and tries to work out if and how they can ever achieve a status of "normality" somewhere between "honored guest" and "unsavory element."

Graham Earnshaw is a businessman, writer and musician with many years of experience in the China world. He is publisher of China Economic Review and publisher of Earnshaw Books. He has written a number of books, including the travel guide On Your Own in China (1984), Tales of Old Shanghai (2008) and an account of his continuing walk across China, The Great Walk of China (2010). He has produced a number of albums of his own songs, including Leap of Faith in 1996 and The Red Album in 2011.