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Title:
James Palmer on Unnatural Disasters: The Tangshan Earthquake and the End of Maoism
When:
Saturday 12 May 2012 16:00
Where:
Tavern, Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel - Shanghai
Category:
RAS WEEKENDER

Description

RAS WEEKENDER

Saturday 12th May 2012 at 4.00pm

The Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel 78 Xingguo Road, Shanghai

兴国宾馆 上海市兴国路78

 

 

JAMES PALMER

ON

 

Unnatural Disasters: The Tangshan Earthquake and the End of Maoism

 

 

On July 28, 1976, the city of Tangshan was obliterated by the worst natural disaster in modern Chinese history, killing at least 250,000 people. In Beijing, the dying Mao, whose long illness had politically paralyzed the country, was wheeled into a shelter as buildings shook around him. But the quake was only one in a long series of calamities for China in the 1960s and 1970s. Politics and nature interacted to rock the foundations of the country, expose the gulf between the Chinese people and their leaders, and eventually end 30 years of Maoism.

This talk will discuss the events around the disaster and how the power struggle of the 1970s still echoes in Chinese politics today.

James Palmer is the author of Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: the Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China. His previous book, shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize, was The Bloody White Baron. In 2003, he won the Spectator's Shiva Naipaul prize for travel writing. He lives and works in Beijing

Entrance: RMB 30.00 (RAS members) and RMB 80.00 (non-members). Those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for exemption prior to the RAS Weekender. Membership applications and membership renewals will be available at this event.

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Venue

Venue:
Tavern, Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel
Street:
78 Xing Guo Road
City:
Shanghai

Description

 

 

Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo Hotel, 78 Xing Guo Lu, Shanghai

Venue in Chinese:  兴国宾馆 上海市兴国路78号