The Columbia Univ. Club of SWFL Board invites you to join other alums at a dinner and talk by author Jennifer Lin on March 6, 2018.
Speaker: Jennifer Lin
"Shanghai Faithful" (published 2017)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tiburon Golf Club
2620 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109
Price: $40 per dinner
Jennifer Lin will discuss her research & personal history connecting five generations of her family in Shanghai and Philadelphia. She will correlate this with gradual Westernized influences & political clashes in Chinese culture and religion.
Ms. Lin wrote "Shanghai Faithful" after learning that the Chinese side of her family had been some of the first Chinese to accept Christianity nearly 150 years ago. She began researching her roots in the 1990s, while she worked as a Beijing correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She learned that her grandfather, an Anglican priest, had studied in Philadelphia before his return to China.
She brings in a cast of characters dating from the early Christian missionaries. There was the day in 1927 when her grandfather was seized by a mob and paraded through the streets of Fuzhou with a noose around his neck, punched and taunted as a "running dog of foreigners"—for his Christian religion. There was also the summer day in 1966 when the Red Guard burst into their home and dragged out everything of value, including their piano, as 'bourgeois" affectations. Then the dreaded security police arrived at midnight to interrogate their grandmother, slapping her when her answers weren't audible enough. Her interrogations would be often. And rough.
She vividly chronicles the early Chinese Christian missionaries’ mistakes as well as their successes, and how her own grandfather pushed for the "Sinification" of his beloved church to make it speak more clearly to his fellow Chinese.
Tickets are $40 per person.
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