There’s been a lot of noise around Beijing recently with an infamous artist writing a piece about how Beijing has lost it among others. There’s also been a lot of bickering in the press and the discussion forums about traffic, increased cost of life, pollution and what not! What’s happening to the city?
The first set of answers came indirectly from good friend Kaiser Kuo on his goodbye column that you can read here:
This saturday, a very distinguished panel of what i consider knowledgeable China Hands will gather at Capital M at 4 PM and dissect Beijing’s Soul, if it’s got any… Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Kaiser Kuo and author Zha Jianying will be the surgeons in charge of said dissection.
This Saturday, December 3, CET and Sinica will present “The Soul of Beijing,” a live podcast event about where Beijing is and where the city could be going as it barrels into the future, at Beijing’s Capital M restaurant. From the event page:
Where is Beijing headed in the 21st century? What sort of city is it morphing into? Has it found a way to maintain its role as political and cultural capital while keeping its historical character and ineffable personality? Why do we still love it so, despite it’s toxic air, its horrific traffic, its disastrous fengshui? And is it in danger of losing its soul?
Join us for a lively and thoughtful discussion with Renaissance man Kaiser Kuo , author Zha Jianying (”China Pop” and “Tide Players”), sinologist David Moser, and Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei.com, all long-time Beijing residents.
Tickets for the event cost 65 yuan (US$10.21) or 20 yuan ($3.14) for students, and include a drink.
The Soul of Beijing
December 3, 2011, 4:00 PM
Capital M Beijing
3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (south of Tian’anmen Square)
Tel: (86-10) 6702-2727
I’m actually a bit pissed it’s happening at a time when I just can’t be there on account of bookswap but I strongly recommend this.
note: pictures inspired by Quirky Beijing