“A deep historical and cultural study of the meaning of China’s rise… Fascinating…Convincing.” — The New York Times
"Stimulating...This book is a reminder that China’s international relations take place in a historical context going back centuries if not millennia, and Mr. French is an engaging guide through that deeper history." — The Wall Street Journal
“A look at China from the inside as well as from the outside. French knows the country well… He stresses a political history that helps illuminate territorial conflicts between China and its neighbors.” — The New Yorker
On July 29, Professor Howard W. French from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will visit Columbia Global Centers | Beijing to join an event of Columbia Beijing Summer journalism series. He will be sharing his new book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power.
The non-fiction book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (Knopf 2017), has been widely and favorably reviewed since its publication and was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review in June. It was also selected by The Guardian as one of the season's most notable books.
We cordially invite you to attend the event!
Howard W. French is a Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and many other publications in West Africa. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter for three years, and from 1990 to 2008 reported for the Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. During this time, his work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and he has also won the Grantham Environmental Award, among other awards. He is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (2004) and China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa (2014), each of which was named a non-fiction book of the year or cited among the year's most notable books by several newspapers. His most recent non-fiction book is Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (Knopf 2017). Heavens has been widely and favorably reviewed since its publication and was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review in June. It was also selected by The Guardian as one of the season's most notable books.
French's writing has also been published in Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York TimesMagazine, Rolling Stone, Transition, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Crisis and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is also a documentary photographer, whose book Disappearing Shanghai (2012) captured life in the old workers' quarters of central Shanghai as they were being destroyed. Images from French's work on this project have been displayed in Asia, Europe and North America and acquired by collectors and museums.