june, 2019

08jun4:00 pmM Talks China - The Shanghai Jews: Risk and Resilience in a Refugee Community


Event Details

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼

When: June 8 2019 – 4 pm

Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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Rachel DeWoskin, author of the new historical novel Someday We Will Fly, will join us to discuss the history and legacy of over 18,000 Jewish refugees who survived WWII by seeking refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. The tumultuous events that rattled the mid-twentieth century led to the gathering of this unique Jewish community, mostly from occupied Europe. Its members suffered a radical displacement, not just geographically but in all aspects of their lives, physical, financial, political, social, and cultural, and their stories provide an informative example of a community adapting to a local reality while maintaining its own unique historic identity. DeWoskin will discuss the experience of the Shanghai Jews; the role of fiction in creating and remembering history; and issues that remain urgent to the present day in building and maintaining identity: the plight of global refugees, the formation of immigrant communities, the experiences of children and young adults coming of age in the context of war, and finally, the essential role played by art, music, and literature in displaced populations.



Someday We Will Fly, Rachel DeWoskin’s fifth novel, was published by Penguin in January, 2019. Her next book, a collection of poetry called Two Menus, is forthcoming from The University of Chicago Press in 2020. DeWoskin’s critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is a Library Guild and an Illinois Reads selection. Her novel Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), received the  American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of the year by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries, optioned by Paramount, HBO and the Sundance Channel, and is now in development at BBC America, where DeWoskin is co-writing a TV series based on the book. DeWoskin’s debut novel Repeat After Me (Overlook Press, 2009), won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and numerous anthologies. Her poems have been published in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine, The New Orleans Review, and collections including The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. She is on the core fiction faculty and is an affiliated faculty member of Jewish Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.



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No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)