On 2014.3.17, Jeff J. Brown, author of 44 Days Backpacking in China, gave a talk at the International School of Beijing Parent-Teacher Association.
Sweeping in scope, Jeff’s ISB talk is a deeply personal, soul searching and boundary breaking presentation. It will challenge your notions of the human condition, as he compares the history and current events of the West vs. China. This talk is the crystallization of Jeff’s philosophical and spiritual renaissance during his 12,000km, 44 Days journey in Western China, coupled with the many hundreds of hours of research he conducted during the year taken to write his book.
Jeff takes you on a breathtaking, wide ranging voyage of discovery, which covers seven fascinating and critical topics:
I. 20th Century vs. 21st Century Chinese
II. Tibet-Pueblo Connection
III. Han vs. Tibetans
IV. Baba Beijing vs. The World
V. Patriarchy vs. Matriarchy
VI. 1% vs. 99%
VII. Genocide vs. Amnesia
Depending on where you are in Life’s journey, you will either cheer Jeff on, listen in amazement or suffer bouts of consternation. Howard Zinn famously said, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train”. See what you think and comment below.
Here is Jeff’s talk, in it’s entirety:
Want a fun, low cost honorary degree in Chinese Studies? Jeff’s book, 44 Days, will have you laughing while learning and becoming an expert on all things Middle Kingdom. If you live in China, buy it on the 44 Days website, clicking on either Print Book, Ebook or Color Ebook.