, 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