Event

Bishan: Preserving Rural Tradition in China's Emptying Countryside

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00PM

Join with Pulitzer Center-supported journalists Yunfan Sun and Leah Thompson for a discussion titled Bishan: Preserving Rural Tradition in China's Emptying Countryside at South Dakota State University on Tuesday, October 28.

The journalists will focus on their reporting project, Bishan: Reinventing China's Empty Countryside, which details Chinese urbanization and investigates the disappearance of village culture and tradition in China. South Dakota State University is part of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium network.

Sun is a Chinese writer and artist who is currently the culture editor for ChinaFile, a publication of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. Born and raised in China, she has lived in the U.S. for over a decade. She holds a B.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts and an M.F.A. in fine arts from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a freelance writer, graphic designer, and independent curator. Recently, her artwork was included in Himalaya Song, a multimedia performance project featured at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her writings for ChinaFile have been republished by The Atlantic and the Chinese edition of The New York Times. She also holds a master’s degree in accounting from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Shenzhen University.

Thompson is a multimedia journalist and the associate director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society. At the Center she has produced videos on issues ranging from arts and culture to the Beijing Olympics, foreign investment and climate change. Her recent work on the rural-urban divide in China has been published on ChinaFile, and translated for the Chinese edition of The New York Times. She is also the project director of “Coal+Ice,” an ongoing multimedia photography exhibition that opened at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing in 2011.

Bishan: Preserving Rural Tradition in China's Emptying Countryside
Tuesday, October 28
7:00-8:00 pm
Volstorff Ballroom
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57006