The Other Hundred

The Other Hundred

Beneath portraits of North Korea’s first two leaders, a boy plays his guitar before going to school. “North Koreans aren’t the robots they are often portrayed as in Western newspapers and magazines,” says photographer Eric Lafforgue.

Evening discussion

Drinks reception: 6:30 pm
Discussion: 7:00 pm
Close: 8:00 pm

The Other Hundred is a unique photo-book that acts as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but deserve to be celebrated. The implication of many of the rich lists and articles put out by the media is that being rich is the only way to succeed or live a life of meaning. Yet the reality is that the majority of people are not rich and they deserve to have their story told. Featuring 100 photo-stories from 91 countries across six continents, The Other Hundred also contains essays from some of the best writers and thinkers from different parts of the world including authors Pankaj Mishra, Janice Galloway, Carlos Gamerro and Chika Unigwe, Chinese poet Bei Dao and journalist Amy Goodman. Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, who conceived the project, will provide an overview of the project followed by a wide-ranging discussion on the lives of ordinary people – the other hundred - and how the media portrays them.

Panelists:

  • Zoher Abdoolcarim was appointed Asia Editor for TIME International in 2008. Prior to this role, he was a senior editor at TIME Asia, where he helped shape all aspects of TIME’s coverage of Asia. Mr. Abdoolcarim has served as a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. An ethnic Indian born and raised in Hong Kong, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Janice Galloway is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti. Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, is now widely regarded as a Scottish contemporary classic. She was the first Scottish Arts Council writer-in-residence to a number of prisons. A graduate of Glasgow University, she lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • Alex Lo is an editor and senior writer at the South China Morning Post. He writes editorials and the daily “My Take," and edits the weekly science and technology page in the Sunday Morning Post. He recently published My Take, a collection of his columns analyzing the city's progress towards universal suffrage, its widening wealth gap and other issues affecting Hong Kong and the mainland.
  • Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born novelist writing in both English and Dutch. Her first novel in English, On Black Sisters’ Street, about African prostitutes living and working in Belgium, won the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature. Her debut novel, De Feniks, written in Dutch, was shortlisted in the Netherlands for best first novel by a female writer. She has a PhD in literature, and now resides in Belgium.
  • Deborah Kan is executive producer at The Wall Street Journal in Asia, leading the daily production of video news segments with Journal editors and reporters, and featured online at WSJ.com. She was previously a news presenter with Reuters Insider and Star World’s Star News Asia. Ms. Kan is a member of the 2008 class of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. (Moderator)

Event Details

20 November 2013
6:30pm - 8:00pm

9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

HKD$180 Asia Society members/Friends of GIFT; HKD$230 non-members