Meet Me in Venice: A Chinese
Immigrant's Journey from the
Far East to the Faraway West

by Suzanne Ma

[April 24, 2015]

6PM to 8PM

25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor (Room B & C)
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan


Award-winning journalist and author Meet Me in Venice, Suzanne Ma will draw parallels between the Chinese experience in Italy and the Chinese-American experience and talk about the unique challenges she faced reporting and researching her book in China and in Europe. She will also tackle some hard questions: Is life better in the West? And why do so many Chinese immigrants (the largest diaspora in the world) continue to seek better lives outside of China?

About MEET ME IN VENICE: When Ye Pei dreamed of Venice as a girl, she imagined a magical floating city of canals and gondola rides. And she imagined her mother, successful in her new life and eager to embrace the daughter she had never forgotten. But when Ye Pei arrives in Italy, she learns her mother works on a farm far from the city. Her only connection, a mean-spirited Chinese auntie, puts Ye Pei to work in a small-town café. Rather than giving up and returning to China, a determined Ye Pei takes on a grueling schedule, resolving to save enough money to provide her family with a better future.







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