Executive Roundtable with Weijian Shan


(President's Circle Event)

Weijian Shan

Out of Gobi: My Story of China and America

Weijian Shan's Out of the Gobi is a powerful memoir and commentary that will be one of the most important books on China of our time, one with the potential to reshape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America.

Shan, a former hard laborer who is now one of Asia's best-known financiers, is thoughtful, observant, eloquent, and brutally honest, making him well positioned to tell the story of a life that is a microcosm of modern China, and of how, improbably, that life became intertwined with America. Out of the Gobi draws a vivid picture of raw human energy and the will to succeed against all odds.

It is also the story of how Shan's relentless drive, coupled with his prodigious intellect, put him at the center of one of the most important economic shifts in modern history. Shan's improbable journey, from the People's Republic of China to the "People's Republic of Berkeley" and beyond, is a uniquely American success story—told with a splash of humor, deep insight, and rich and engaging detail.

This is an insider's account that marries the immediacy and vibrancy of Shan's extraordinary experiences with the informed analysis of a US-trained economist and accomplished investor to shed light on China's rise and its relationship with the US. This powerful and personal perspective on China and America will shape Americans' view of China, humanizing the country while honestly confronting its many deficiencies.


11:00 - 11:30 AM    Registration

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      Event and Q&A Discussion

RSVP: Please email James Gale at JGale@asiasociety.org if you are interested in attending.  For more about our President's Circle membership, please email Palarp Jumpasut at PJumpasut@asiasociety.org.  

About Weijian Shan

Weijian Shan is chairman and CEO of PAG, a private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a partner of TPG, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, and co-managing partner of TPG Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital). He led a number of landmark transactions including the acquisitions of Korea First Bank and China’s Shenzhen Development Bank, both of which made his investors billions of dollars in profits and were made into case studies of Harvard Business School. 

Previously, Shan was a managing director of JP Morgan, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a farm labor in China’s Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Univer­sity of San Francisco. He studied English at Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade (now Beijing University of International Business and Economics) where he also taught as a faculty member. 

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Asia Society Northern California hosts private Executive Roundtable Briefings with industry leaders every month in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Program topics are around headline news, business analysis, and critical issues coming out of Asia. These monthly briefings, launched in September 2017, have grown in popularity to generate wait-lists quickly. Most events are off-the-record to encourage open debate and discussion.

Event Details

Tue 20 Aug 2019
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Silicon Valley

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