by A Total TaiTai Tale


Tonight was the last of the 7 talk I went to during The Bookworm Literary Festival.

Topics were vast and different. So many event to chose from during the 2 weeks the festival last. Here are the talks I attend this year:

* “Women’s Right Around The World” (where one of the Chinese panelist was “asked” not to joint the talk!)

* “Bad Feminist” with Roxane Gay had to be canceled as she “couldn’t make it to China”

* “War on Pollution”. A great account on how far we’ve came and how far we still have to go.

* “Knocked Up Abroad” who one of the panelist was a friend 🙂

* “Ninety Seventy-Six: The End of the Cultural Revolution” or the end of an era thru the eye of a Icelandic student who arrived in 1975 to study in Beijing for 4 years.

* “Trends on Spirituality in Modern China”. It’s not often you see a Catholic priest and a Buddhist monk sitting side by side in China talking about religion.

* “Buy Me the Sky: the Remarkable Truth of China’s One-Child Generations”. I ended up also buying another one of Xinran’s book “China Witness” that I’m quite enjoying right now (it’s the accounts of a group of eyewitness telling us the cultural upheavals of the past century from the long march to the land reform, from Revolution to Westernalization)

And last but not least tonight talk “The Girl with Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee the North Korean defector