MARQUEE | The Language Revolution that Modernized China

Sat Mar 09 2024 at 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm

House Studio @ Soho House Hong Kong | Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Publisher/HostHong Kong International Literary Festival
MARQUEE | The Language Revolution that Modernized China
With Tsu Jing.
About this Event

Title: ​​Keynote Talk: The Language Revolution that Modernized China

Speaker(s): Jing Tsu

Event details

Date: 9 March (Saturday)

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Soho House

Price: $498

Language: English

Format: Marquee

Category: Chinese History

Speaker Biography:

Jing Tsu is a Taiwanese-born non-fiction writer and cultural historian specializing in modern China. She is currently the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures & Comparative Literature at Yale University. Tsu's writings have been featured in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and Financial Times. Her latest book, Kingdom of Characters: The Revolution That Made China Modern, has garnered international recognition, named among The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2022 and The Washington Post's Best Non-Fiction of 2022.

Event Description:

Join us at House Studio Soho House for a talk with Pulitzer Prize finalist Jing Tsu. In her latest book, Kingdom of Characters, Jing argues that China’s most daunting challenge was a linguistic one: the century-long fight to make the formidable Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. Jing will discuss the drive and passion of Chinese visionaries who helped modernize the Chinese language over the last century, the common purposes that motivated them, the lessons we can learn as we try to hold on to seemingly outdated elements of our cultural heritage, and the challenges that lie ahead for Putonghua.

*Please note that photos and videos of participants may be taken during the activities, which may be used by the organiser and the major sponsor for educational and promotional purposes in any way deemed appropriate, including dissemination through printed and online channels. Participation in the programme will constitute the participants’ consent to the above arrangement.



The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) inspires the joy of reading by bringing the world’s writers and stories to Hong Kong’s diverse communities. A dynamic year-round programme and an annual festival offer dialogue, entertainment and perspective, while the Young Readers Festival (YRF) motivates students to engage with all aspects of the written word, improving communication skills while nurturing the art of writing and storytelling.

The annual festival features established and emerging writers from around the world, alongside local literary talents, in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, readings, workshops, walks, school programmes, performances, and more.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

House Studio @ Soho House Hong Kong, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong, Hong Kong


HKD 498.00

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