When journalist Scott Tong moved to Shanghai, his assignment was to start up the first full-time China bureau for NPR's daily business and economics show Marketplace. But for Tong, the move also offered the opportunity to reconnect with members of his extended family who had remained in China after his parents fled the communists six decades earlier. By uncovering the stories of his family's history, Tong discovered a new way to understand modern China, its defining moments, and its long, interrupted quest to go global. His new book, A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World, offers a compelling and deeply personal take on how China became what it is today, challenging the conventional narrative of an instant superpower created wholly under the watch of the Communist Party.
Join us as Scott talks about the book with
Patti Waldmeir, who for eight years covered China for The Financial Times and now serves as its North America correspondent from her new home in Evanston. She is also author of the new memoir Chinese Lessons: An American Mother Teaches Her Children How to be Chinese in China.