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CALA/AJL Webinar: Bernardine's Shanghai Salon: The Story of Doyenne of Old China - An Author Talk

Published on: March 12, 2023

Date/Time: 5/23, Tuesday 12 pm PT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET

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Co-Presented by the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), this webinar features author Susan Blumberg-Kason who will talk about her upcoming book, Bernardine’s Shanghai Salon: The Story of Doyenne of Old China (forthcoming, Post Hill Press, November 2023). This biography of Bernardine Szold Fritz traces her experiences moving and living in Shanghai in 1929, and her perspective as a Jewish salon host who engaged with Chinese and expats “around the arts as the civil war erupted and World War II loomed on the horizon.” In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month in the United States and Asian Heritage Month and Canadian Jewish Heritage Month in Canada in May, this webinar invites all AJL and CALA members to attend. This webinar will be recorded.

Speaker: Susan Blumberg-Kason is the author of Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong (Sourcebooks, 2014) and co-editor of Hong Kong Noir (Akashic Books, 2018). She is a regular contributor to the Asian Review of Books, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and Undomesticated. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, World Literature Today, PopMatters, and the South China Morning Post. She received an MPhil in Government and Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she researched provincial assemblies in the late Qing dynasty. Born, raised, and now based in the Chicago suburbs, Susan is working on a biography of Bernardine Szold Fritz. She is represented by Alicia Brooks at JVNLA.