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The Kids Are Alright: A Chat with Alec Ash, Author of “Wish Lanterns”

This Saturday, Glam Bar's "M Talks" series returns with Beijing-based writer Alec Ash launching his new book Wish Lanterns. Examining "Young Lives in New China", Wish Lanterns chronicles the lives of...
2016-07-22 17:32:45
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This Saturday, Glam Bar's "M Talks" series returns with Beijing-based writer Alec Ash launching his new book Wish Lanterns. Examining "Young Lives in New China", Wish Lanterns chronicles the lives of six new generation Chinese -- "a wannabe superstar, an internet gaming addict, the daughter of a Party official" (a jock, a nerd, a princess, a rebel) -- as they navigate modern life, love, work, and everything else in Beijing.

SmartShanghai met up with Alec in Beijing at our local bar -- he's actually my neighbor; he does Tai Chi on his roof, the shame of it all -- to talk about this new book, his other project, a creative writing website called The Anthill, the local barbershop scene, and how the kids in China... hey, they're doing fine.

Don't miss his talk on Saturday.

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