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A Power Awakened: China Then, Now, and its Impact on the World – SWF – 10/11/18 2.30-3.30

Posted: November 9th, 2018 | No Comments »

and so I begin my weekend at the Singapore Writers Festival….

A Power Awakened: China Then, Now, and its Impact on the World

Panel Discussions


10 Nov, Sat 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium



This session is in English


Greta Georges


The last couple of decades have seen power shift from the West to Asia, led by China and India. With China making aggressive inroads into Africa and South America, she is now a global leader, not just in economic terms, but also her cultural might. Join China experts Paul French, Hoo Tiang Boon, and Anurag Viswanath as they discuss the changes that China has witnessed in her economic boom, and whether these have posed new opportunities and challenges to the rest of the world.


Paul French


Paul French lived in Shanghai for 20 years, after studying Chinese and history in the UK. He is an author of literary non-fiction. His latest book, City of Devils, is set in the dancehalls, casinos and nightclubs of 1930s Shanghai. His previous book, Midnight in Peking, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently being developed for TV.

Photo Credit: Sue Anne Tay

Paul French is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Resurrecting the Bad Old Days: Researching the Dark Side of Pre-war Shanghai & Singapore
Anurag Viswanath


Anurag Viswanath has been a researcher at Fudan University, China. The Mandarin speaker has authored Finding India in China. Over 15 years, she has written about China in Bangkok Post, The Nation, Far Eastern Economic Review, Business Standard and Financial Express. She has been guest speaker at Foreign Correspondent’s Club (Shanghai and Hong Kong), Royal Asiatic Society (Shanghai), Siam Society (Bangkok), Bookworm Festival (Beijing) and SWF.

Hoo Tiang Boon


Hoo Tiang Boon (PhD, Oxford) is an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. His latest books include China’s Global Identity: Considering the Responsibilities of Great Power (Georgetown University Press) and (as an editor) Chinese Foreign Policy under Xi (Routledge).


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