Join us Wednesday, October 25, at 7 PM, to discuss Graham Peck's book Two Kinds of Time, first published in 1950. We will meet in our RAS Reading Room on the West Bund.
"Graham Peck made his first trip to China in 1935 and from the start was collecting the minutiae and anecdotes that he eventually published as Two Kinds of Time. When he returned during World War Two, he revisited many places to see the effects of the Japanese invasion. The book is essentially a literary woven tapestry of seemingly trivial incidents Peck observed that caused Chinese society to coalesce into fertile ground for a revolution. His memoir puts into perspective how much changed in China during the Republican Era and Second Sino-Japanese War, and how much had really not changed over the last several centuries. This idea of two kinds of China was, Peck noted, most obvious in the old imperial capital Peking, soon once again to become capital, though this time of a People's Republic. The fracture between the two times was perhaps most acute in 1950, when the book came out and just after China had been supposedly "lost" by America."
The ebook is available via Barnes & Noble. If you are having trouble locating a copy please reach out to the Book Club convener Jonathan Crowder or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.