Out of Gobi: My Story of America and China with Weijian Shan


Weijian Shan's Book Discussion (Public Event)

Weijian Shan

Weijian Shan's Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America is a powerful memoir and commentary 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.

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11:00 AM       Weijian Shan Discussion on Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America (Lunch Served)
12:45 PM       Book Signing
1:00 PM         Conclusion

Books will be available for sale on-site plus tax (cash, check, or credit).  To buy the book in advance, please click here.

Click here to listen to Asia Society podcast programRemembering China's Cultural Revolution. Weijian Shan talked with New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman for a conversation about China then, China now, and about one man’s remarkable odyssey.

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. 

Thank you to our host Sidley Austin.

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Thank you to our co-promoter University of San Francisco's School of Management China Business Studies Initiative.


Event Details

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

Sidley Austin LLC
1001 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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