Weekly Newsletter: October 20, 2017

October 23, 2017

This Week’s Highlights

Speaker: Alec Ash
Topic: Generational trends shaping young China today, and how it connects to China’s historical legacy of youth and change


Our speaker Alec Ash presented Wish Lanterns, his nonfiction book published by Picador in 2016 and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, that follows six young Chinese, born between 1985 and 1990.

He went into more detail on two of them: Lucifer and Fred. Lucifer is an artist who was born into a Hebei working class family. He rose to national fame as the frontman of Rustic, a rock band that won the Global Battle of the Bands award in 2011. The group was invited to perform in China, Europe and the United States. Since they broke up, Lucifer hs kept pursuing his dream of becoming a superstar by appearing on TV and performing as a musician in various genres.

Fred’s story is very different. As the daughter of a Chinese official she grew up in a privileged environment, studied politics at Peking University and wanted to be an academic like her mother. During her time in college she came to discover the contradictions between what she had been taught at home, what she learnt at Beida outside of class rooms and the indifference of many of her fellow students.

As interesting as these characters are they don’t represent their generation which is a group of about 320 m people – as big as the whole population of the United States. So while it is not possible to generalise, one thing is for sure: this generation and their experience of growing up in a very different country than their parents will affect the future of China.


*Left: Rotarian Didier presenting a banner he got from Mexico
*Right: Past President Regula thanking the speaker on behalf of the club


Dinner on Tuesday, October 24th
October 24th is Rotary’s Polio Day. Together with Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, the Rotary Club of Beijing is organizing a buffet dinner at the Peace Garden Museum.

Please sign up with Celine BEFORE 11:00am on Monday.

Time: 18:30-21:30
Venue: Peace Garden Museum (北京市朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上花园别墅/King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Price: RMB 300 per person

Rotary Rotaract Evening
Rotarian Gilbert announced that the Rotary Rotaract Evening had been finalized. There will be a nice buffet plus free flow of local beer and soft drinks (7 to 9 pm). Coffee, tea, other drinks and extra. Please SIGN UP with Celine now!!!

Date: Monday, November 20th starting at 7pm
Place: Morel’s Restaurant on Gongti Bei Lu near Chunxiu Lu
Price: RMB 195 — for a fapiao add 5%
Buffet Menu: (click)
Drink List: (click)


*Left: Visiting Rotarian from Bulgaria
*Right: Rtn Martin S and Eli at the reception

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Rotary Club of Beijing

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