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** SOLD OUT ** Jung Chang: Empress Dowager Cixi

ASNC and the Mechanics’ Institute are pleased to host writer Jung Chang, who will talk about her latest work Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China. The book is a biography of Empress Dowager Cixi, one of the most important women in Chinese history. As a concubine to the emperor, Cixi made herself the real ruler of China following her husband’s death. Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China and Chang overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot.

Jung Chang is best known for the bestselling Wild Swans, which looks at the history of China through the lives of her grandmother, her mother, and herself, and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. Chang lives in London. Empress Dowager Cixi is Chang’s first book in eight years.

Read Orville Schell's review in The New York Times of Empress Dowager Cixi here.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

Empress Dowager Cixi will be available for purchase and signing.

Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Book Signing 


Event Details

Mon 18 Nov 2013
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco

Asia Society/Mechanics' Members FREE; $15 Non-members