MOCATalks with Scott Tong: A Village with My Name

Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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In partnership with Young China Watchers, journalist Scott Tong joins us to share his extended family’s incredible story of remaining in China after his parents fled the communists six decades prior. By uncovering the stories of his family’s history, Tong discovered a new way to understand the defining moments of modern China and its long, interrupted quest to go global.

A Village with My Name offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people who have witnessed such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan’s occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass death and famine during the Great Leap Forward, market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, and the dawn of the One Child Policy. Scott’s story focuses on five members of his family, who each offer a specific window on a changing country: a rare American-educated girl born in the closing days of the Qing Dynasty, a pioneer exchange student, an abandoned toddler from World War II who later rides the wave of China’s global export boom, a young professional climbing the ladder at a multinational company, and an orphan (the author’s daughter) adopted in the middle of a baby-selling scandal fueled by foreign money. Through their stories, Scott shows us China anew, visiting former prison labor camps on the Tibetan plateau and rural outposts along the Yangtze, exploring the Shanghai of the 1930s, and touring factories across the mainland.

 

Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk. His stories focus on energy, environment, natural resources and the global economy. Scott served as Marketplace China bureau chief from 2006-2010 and has reported from more than a dozen countries. He has contributed to special series on the 2017 globalization backlash; Water: The High Price of Cheap; Venezuela’s economic collapse; the rise of shareholder value and the Price of Profits; long-term U.S. job creation; the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami; the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa; and the economics of one child in China. Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, after working as a producer and off-air reporter for the PBS NewsHour, where he produced a mini-documentary series from Iraq in 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. He’s appeared on the PBS NewsHour, the Aspen Ideas Festival and TedxFoggybottom. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Scott now lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and three children. He’s a soccer dad and bikes to work at a leisurely pace.