Special Event: 'The Story of China'

People celebrating Chinese mythical origins at a rural temple fair, Zhoukou (Photo courtesy of Mike Duffield)

Asia Society has collaborated with PBS for an early look at the landmark six-part series The Story of China. The series explores the 4,000-year history of China, home to more than a billion people and an emerging global superpower, and takes viewers on an amazing journey deep into the country’s breathtaking landscapes to find the people and stories that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius for more than four millennia.

From the First Emperor to the Mongols and from the Opium Wars to the Communist Revolution, host and historian Michael Wood paints vivid pictures of some of the great characters of Chinese history — not just emperors, but scientists, poets, rebel, and novelists as well. Viewers meet the intrepid Buddhist traveler Xuanzang, the great woman poet Li Qingzhao, and Su Song, China’s Leonardo da Vinci. Wood captures the essence of key dynasties of China — from its first empire, the Shang, dating from 1500 B.C., through its last, the Qing, which ruled from 1644 to 1911. The series concludes with the great rebellions of the 19th century that led to the rise of Mao Zedong and shows viewers the contemporary Chinese culture, from intimate family celebrations to vast communal rituals in the Yellow River plain.

Join us for a special screening and conversation with Michael Wood and Asia Society’s Orville Schell on this upcoming series and how China’s past informs its future.



Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations. He is a long-time China scholar, author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Wood is a historian, filmmaker, and writer. He is the author of several best-selling books and more than 100 documentary films. Wood is well known to PBS viewers as the host of films such as In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, and more recently The Story of India. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and recently received the British Academy President's Medal for services to history and public outreach.

*additional speaker to be confirmed

Program presented in collaboration with PBS and WNET/Thirteen. The Story of China premieres on PBS onTuesday, June 20 at 8-10 p.m. and continues at 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 and Tuesday, July 11.  



Event Details

Tue 13 Jun 2017
6:30 - 9 p.m.
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) New York, NY 10021
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