The United Nations Association of New York
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute | Columbia University

Is China Really Taking Off?
An Evening with James Fallows

Correspondent for The Atlantic and

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

6:00-6:30 p.m. | Registration
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Presentation
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Reception and Book Signing

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UNA Members: $10
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Guests and Non-Members: $15

Is China really taking off?

For three decades, China's economic juggernaut has seemed unstoppable. But in a year of political transition, environmental, social and business limits may pose challenges the modern Chinese economic system has not confronted before.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and renowned China expert, considers China's potential to rise to a new level of technological success, and the change which that evolution may demand of the Chinese system.

Following the talk, Fallows will sign his newly released book, China Airborne, which will be available for sale.

This presentation is being held in partnership with The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.

In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Mr. Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His two most recent books, Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009), are based on his writings for The Atlantic; he is at work on another book about China.

He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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