APSI Summer Book Club: Hard Like Water

August 11, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Yan Lianke & Carlos Rojas
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This final session of the 2022 APSI Summer Book Club will feature a discussion with visionary writer Yan Lianke and long-time collaborator and translator Carlos Rojas to explore Yan's recently translated novel Hard Like Water (堅硬如水 jiān yìng rú shuǐ).

This is a hybrid event open to the public in both in-person and online formats. Registration is required: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6M61Ms7k1nwxCho

Those participating in the Zoom session will be directed to a separate Zoom only registration page.

The in-person event will be held at the John Hope Franklin Center Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall (2204 Erwin Rd); light snacks and refreshments will be served. All guests at Duke facilities must be fully vaccinated or remain masked while indoors.

APSI is offering to provide the first 20 local registrants a complimentary copy of the book to be picked up at the Regulator Bookshop on Ninth St. Participants interested in reading in the original Chinese can access a copy of the text online: https://www.99csw.com/book/2333/index.htm.

7-8PM - Discussion in English moderated by Professor Carlos Rojas
8-9PM - Discussion with author Yan Lianke in Chinese with interpretation by Professor Eileen Chow

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  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute