In China, media remain under tight control, a legacy of Chinese Communist Party politics going back to 1942. But there was a brief period in the 1980s during which controls loosened. The China Media Project and the Journalism and Media Studies Centre invite all who are interested to attend a public seminar by acclaimed Chinese author Dai Qing (戴晴), who began her career as a journalist in the intellectual ferment of the 1980s.

in the seminar, Dai will relate her personal experiences of that time, from awakening to shock and ultimate frustration.

SEMINAR: “My Life as a Beijing Journalist in the 1980s”
SPEAKER: Dai Qing (戴晴)
WHEN: February 18, 2009, 4:30pm to 6pm
WHERE: Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dai Qing is one of China’s most recognized journalists, authors and social activists. Born in 1941 in wartime Chongqing, Dai graduated in 1966 from Harbin Army Engineering College. She began publishing short stories in 1979 and three years later became responsible for the well-known “Interviews With Intellectuals” series for Guangming Daily. Dai was jailed for 10 months following the crackdown on protesters in Beijing in 1989, and was prohibited by the Chinese Communist Party from publishing any writings. From 1991 to 2007, Dai served as a visiting fellow at a number of universities overseas, including Harvard University, Columbia University and Australia National University.

Enquiries: Ms Rain Li (2219 4434/ jmsc@hku.hk)