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Club Online Zoom Breakfast Event – ‘Land of Big Numbers’: A Conversation With Te-Ping Chen

Date: 23 Mar 2021 — 23 Mar 2021 | Venue: Main Bar & Lounge

‘Land of Big Numbers’: A Conversation With Te-Ping Chen

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
8:00am HKT on Zoom
Wall Street Journal correspondent Te-Ping Chen’s debut short story collection, Land of Big Numbers, traces the journeys of a diverse cast of mainland and overseas Chinese characters. Set largely in China, Chen’s stories employ tongue-in-cheek magical realism as they offer portraits of people striving for something more. In one story, twins take radically different paths as one becomes a professional gamer and the other a political activist. In another story, a group of people sit on a subway platform for months, trapped for no reason yet waiting for government permission to leave. In this talk, moderated by FCC Correspondent Governor Shibani Mahtani, Chen will discuss her creative process, how her life in China and in the U.S. influenced her work, and how her observations as a journalist colour her voice and vision as a fiction writer.
Te-Ping Chen is a Wall Street Journal correspondent based in Philadelphia, where she writes about workplace issues. From 2014 to 2018, she was a Beijing-based correspondent for the paper, covering politics, society, and human rights. Before that, she was a Hong Kong correspondent, covering the city’s politics and pro-democracy movement. Prior to joining the Journal in 2012, she spent a year in China interviewing migrant workers as a Fulbright Fellow and worked as a China reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington, D.C. Her fiction has been published in, or is forthcoming from, The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Tin House, and The Atlantic. She lives in Philadelphia.


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