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John Pomfret

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Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New ChinaOn the occasion of the 20th reunion of his Nanjing college class, author John Pomfret decided to reacquaint himself with his classmates. He writes about what he learned, in his new book, titled Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. During a talk about his book, Mr. Pomfret tells of the death of a classmate's father who was killed for being an intellectual; of another classmate who labored in the fields rather than participate in an arranged marriage; and of a third classmate who was forced to publicly denounce his father. In the book, Mr. Pomfret examines China's cultural and economic transformation from totalitarianism.John Pomfret studied Chinese history at Stanford University. Over the past 2 decades, Pomfret has visited China twice, as a professional journalist and as an eyewitness to the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He was the Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. Currently, he is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief to the Washington Post.moreless
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