RAS Weekender

Tavern at the Radisson Xingguo Hotel

India Travel Photography – Hong Mei and Tom Carter


SATURDAY 29th November 2014
4pm for 4.15pm
Tavern at the Radisson Xingguo Hotel

“The Farther I Walk, the Closer I Get to Me”
India travel photography talk with author couple Hong Mei and Tom Carter

With her debut travelogue, The Farther I Walk, the Closer I Get to Me, author Hong Mei becomes the first Chinese woman to travel across the entire Indian subcontinent.
In 2009, Hong Mei embarked on a travel adventure unlike any she had experienced before: with her husband, travel photographer Tom Carter, she spent nearly one year travelling the length and breadth of India, becoming the first Chinese woman on record to do so.
Her new book, The Farther I Walk, the Closer I Get to Me (Thinkingdom/New Star Press, July 2014), recounts how her adventurous spirit took her deep into the country and its customs, and led to the discovery of the real India: she watched ritual cremations; befriended India’s infamous Hijra transvestites; performed in a Bollywood production alongside superstar Aamir Khan; was the first Chinese ever to be authorized travel permits in restricted border regions. She and her husband were even kidnapped in a slum!
India may be China’s neighbor along the southwestern border, and is often paired with China as one of two transforming giants of Asia, but the average Chinese does not know very much about this other great and ancient civilization.
The Farther I Walk, the Closer I Get to Me traces Hong Mei’s travels, showcasing in 300 pages the brilliant diversity of Indian life and culture from the perspective of a young Chinese woman of the 1980s generation, and the transforming nature of independent travel. Husband Tom Carter, photographer and author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, adds a wonderful dimension to her book with his photographs.  
About the Speakers
Raised in the Jiangsu countryside, Hong Mei (1981) has always been a free spirit with a passion for exploring. In 2007 she and her husband, travel photographer Tom Carter, embarked on a year-long backpacking journey together across all 33 provinces of China. In 2009, they made the great leap to India. Her journals from that wild, romantic and groundbreaking adventure across the entire Indian subcontinent became her first book, “The Farther I Walk, The Closer I Get To Me”.
Travel photographer Tom Carter (1973) is the author of the critically acclaimed book CHINA: Portrait of a People and editor of the expat anthology Unsavory Elements. Tom is from San Francisco city and has called China home since 2004. He contributed photographs to Hong Mei’s India travelogue “The Farther I Walk, The Closer I Get To Me”.
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Includes a glass of wine or soft drink
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