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LOCAL>> Orville Schell and Winston Lord: A Novel Approach to China

Presented by Commonwealth Club at Streaming Arts

Mar 16 2021
LOCAL>> Orville Schell and Winston Lord: A Novel Approach to China

China expert/author and ambassador in conversation with James Fallows

In his debut novel, My Old Home: A Novel of Exile, renowned China expert Orville Schell delves into the complexities of people whose lives have been historically upended by the tumult of political change, the pain of migration, and the separations of the Cold War that made it impossible to live in both worlds.

In moving from non-fiction to fiction, Schell’s sweeping historical novel takes us on a journey from the rise of Mao Zedong in 1949 to the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, as a classical musician and his son are swept away by a relentless series of devastating events.

Through their lives, we follow the fault line between the United States and China—a divide that at times has been narrow and easily crossed, while at other times perilously wide. At a time when the U.S.-China divide is once again widening, Schell’s fictional characters speak volumes about the agonies of separation that may yet again become a reality.

Join a unique discussion on U.S.-China relations (focusing on culture, music, religion and art as well as policy) with Schell and his longtime friend Ambassador Winston Lord, who served as Henry Kissinger’s main aide on his game-changing trip to China with President Richard Nixon in 1972 and subsequently became U.S. ambassador to China under President Reagan.


$15 – General Admission
$40 – General Admission + book

Free for members, with registration

Post-event video will be available at no cost after the event for ticket purchasers and Commonwealth Club members

Contact: 415-597-6705

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Additional time info:

12:00 – 1:00 pm


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