Wednesday, March 25, 2009

China Cuckoo Live in Shanghai

China Cuckoo author Mark Kitto is talking to the Shanghai FCC next Wednesday - it's a great book about the old Zhejiang hill resort of Moganshan and he should be an entertaining speaker - see my earlier post reviewing the book.

The Shanghai Foreign Correspondents' Club Presents:

China Cuckoo
Mark Kitto

The Mix at Mesa

Wednesday, April 1st, 7pm (talk starts at 7.30pm)

A legend in Shanghai as the founder of that’s Shanghai and its sister publications, Mark Kitto saw his business empire crumble around him in traumatic circumstances in 2004. Yet rather than giving up on China, he decided to plunge even deeper into local life, eventually moving with his family to Moganshan, the once famous mountain retreat in Zhejiang which he has now helped to revive, running a coffee house in an old hotel, and writing regular columns on life there for the British magazine Prospect. His experiences in Shanghai, the story of that’s, and the history of Moganshan, are vividly described in his entertaining new book, China Cuckoo. Mark will discuss the highs and lows of doing business in China, and the different challenges of life with the wild boars, retired4G military officers and would-be real estate developers of Moganshan.

Venue details: The Mix, 1/F, Mesa, 748 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu (6289 9108)

Admission: Members free; Non-members 50 RMB.

RSVP: by March 31st

About the Speaker:
Mark Kitto studied Chinese, served as a captain in the Welsh Guards, and worked as a metals trader in London and China before moving into magazine publishing. After a brief flirtation with Clueless in Guangzhou, in 1998 he set up that’s Shanghai with his business partner Kathleen Lau, later launching similar publications in both Guangzhou and Beijing. After losing control of the business to an official publisher in 2004, he moved to Moganshan, where he and his wife now run a coffee shop. His book ‘China Cuckoo: How I lost a fortune and found a life in China’ has just been published by Constable.


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