Event / King's College London

Karoline Kan: Under Red Skies

31 May 2019 – 18.30

This event is run in partnership with the London Chapter of NüVoices, an international editorial collective that celebrates and supports the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China.

A huge gap exists between the older and younger generations in China. Older generations self-describe themselves as “hardworking”, “responsible”, “money-saving” and as “bitter-eaters” (a popular term used to describe those who sacrifice and martyr themselves). By contrast, millennials in China have been labelled, variously: “the spoiled”, “the apolitical”, the generation of “little emperors and princesses”, “the materialists”, “the young nationalists” and “the selfish”. Sweeping generalisations such as these lose sight of the diversity of struggles, achievements, aspirations and stories of an entire generation.

Globally, the voices of young Chinese women are also often neglected. In recent years, several books have attempted to profile Chinese millennials but all have been by foreign authors. Authored by Karoline Kan, Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial is the first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial.

In Under Red Skies, Kan tells the stories of three generations of her family, shedding light upon the experiences of navigating a career and love during a time rife with socio-political and economic change in China. As such, Kan’s family portrait reflects the shifting sands of China and reveals how the country’s jarring past and the stories of older generations have shaped China into the powerful nation it is today. The real China, Kan shows, is not only what is shown in the daily news cycle.

YCW London is delighted to host Karoline Kan to discuss her latest book, Under Red Skies. Copies of her book will be on sale at the event.

There will be a  short reading, followed by a discussion and an audience Q&A. The event will close with networking drinks nearby.

Under Red Skies
The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial
King's College London
K-1.14, King’s Building
Strand Campus
King’s College London
London, WC2R 2LS