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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | From Cook to Counterrevolutionary: A Window into Christianity in China through the Saga of a Single Family

Jennifer Lin, Former Beijing Correspondent, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
A former Beijing correspondent for "The Philadelphia Inquirer," Jennifer Lin chronicles 150 years of family history in "Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), described by author Orville Schell as “a beautifully written elegy.” The book includes a compelling cast: the first convert who went to work for missionaries as a cook; a doctor who treated opium addicts; a Penn-educated Anglican pastor; and the influential independent religious leader Watchman Nee, vilified after 1949 as a “counterrevolutionary.” Lin will discuss how her family story personifies the evolution of Christianity from a Chinese perspective, as well as how she used journalistic tools to construct a multi-generational narrative.

Jennifer Lin worked for "The Philadelphia Inquirer" for 31 years, including postings as a financial correspondent in New York; a national reporter in the Washington bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers; and the Asia correspondent for "The Inquirer" and the 30-paper Knight Ridder chain. Lin left daily journalism in 2014 to complete her family memoir, and to start work on a documentary, “Beethoven in Beijing,” which captures the flourishing of classical music in China through the history and ongoing engagement of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A graduate of Duquesne University, Lin lives in Doylestown, Pa. with her husband, Bill Stieg, a Wolverine and former sports editor of "The Michigan Daily."

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Chinese Studies, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures