The Last Days of Old Beijing

Michael Meyer talked about his book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed, published by Walker & Company. In… read more

Michael Meyer talked about his book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed, published by Walker & Company. In his book he profiles the transformation of Beijing’s residential landscape from communal courtyards and marketplaces to Western style shopping malls and high-rises. According to the author the old neighborhoods, a collection of interconnected courtyards known as hutongs, are being razed at an average of 600 per year with accompanying displacement of the residents and disruption of a way of life. Mr. Meyer accompanied his talk with a slideshow. After his presentation he was joined by discussion by Orville Schell. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.

Michael Meyer has lived in China for many years, recently in a hutong under threat of demolition. He has worked for the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and has trained China’s UNESCO World Heritage site managers in preservation. His writing has appeared in several publications, including the Financial Times, Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles Times.

This event was held May 7, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Asia Society and Museum in New York City. close

Report Video Issue

People in this video

Books

  • Your purchase helps support C-SPAN

    Click here to learn how

    C-SPAN.org offers links to books featured on the C-SPAN networks to make it simpler for viewers to purchase them. C-SPAN has agreements with retailers that share a small percentage of your purchase price with our network. For example, as an Amazon Associate, C-SPAN earns money from your qualifying purchases. However, C-SPAN only receives this revenue if your book purchase is made using the links on this page.

    Any revenue realized from this program goes into a general account to help fund C-SPAN operations.

    Please note that questions regarding fulfillment, customer service, privacy policies, or issues relating to your book orders should be directed to the Webmaster or administrator of the specific bookseller's site and are their sole responsibility.

Hosting Organization

Series

More information about

The Last Days of Old Beijing

364 Views
Program ID:
287232-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Jun 27, 2009 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jun 28, 2009 | 1:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Jun 27, 2009 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 28, 2009 | 1:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Purchase a Download

The Last Days of Old Beijing

  • MP3 audio - Standard
    Price:
    $0.99