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Lianhe Zaobao Culture Forum presents A Rising China, An Emerging Generation - Hung Huang vs Mao Jian

Singapore, 13 April 2007 - Two outstanding women from China will speak at the upcoming Lianhe Zaobao Culture Forum from May 26 to 27 at the Suntec Singapore Ballroom on Level 2. 

Ms Hung Huang and Ms Mao Jian both grew up in a politically turbulent era. The former is known to be outspoken and uninhibited and the latter gentle and exquisite. Hung Huang, who is from Beijing and Mao Jian from Shanghai are household names and cultural icons in China, attracting a legion of fans and readers in the global Chinese-language print and new media scene.

They will be speaking at the Lianhe Zaobao Culture Forum titled "A Rising China, An Emerging Generation", organised in conjunction with the World Book Fair 2007. The forum consists of two sessions, a Mandarin session on May 26 (Saturday) at 2pm and an English session on May 27 (Sunday) at 3pm. Ms Hung will speak at both sessions in Mandarin and English.   

Lianhe Zaobao has previously organised several key Chinese forums featuring eminent speakers from China and Taiwan.

Says Zaobao Editor Lim Jim Koon: "Zaobao has always strived to promote high-level cultural activities by regularly inviting renowned cultural figures from various parts of the world to Singapore to give talks and share their views. These forums are not just efforts to brand Zaobao as a quality newspaper, it is also a way of giving back to its readers and the society."

The facilitators for the forum is Ms Wang Yan Qing for the Mandarin session and Diana Ser for the English session.

The partners for this year’s forum are UOB Bank, Privilege Banking and Performance Motors Ltd, the sole distributor of BMW in Singapore.

Tickets to the forum cost $25 for one session and $40 for two sessions including refreshments.

For more information, call 63191154 and 63198910 between 9am and 5pm or e-mail zbculture@sph.com.sg.

           
Speakers Biodata
Hung Huang
Known for her outspoken and straight-talking style, Ms Hung is seen by many as a "rebel from an eminent family".

Born in Beijing, She is the CEO of China Interactive Media Group which publishes popular magazines such as iLook, Seventeen and Time Out (China version).

Last year, she was named one of the "10 Most Glamorous Women in China" in an event jointly organised by several Chinese media outfits.

According to website Sina.com, her blog is now the third most popular in China.

Described as a "rebel" for her strong views and no-holds-barred way, she is not averse to spewing vulgarities and defying traditions.

When one talks about contemporary Chinese women and culture, Ms Hung is no doubt an iconic figure.

Her grandfather Zhang Shizhao was a renowned scholar in the 1930s and her mother  Zhang Hanzhi was an outstanding diplomat who once served as Mao Zedong’s English interpreter.

At the age of 12, she left to study in the United States and later graduated with a political science degree from Vassar College, a top liberal arts colleges in New York.

She became the chief China representative of a German metal firm even before she hit 30.

In 1991, she quit a well-paying job and returned to China in search of opportunities.

She contributes regularly to magazines and newspapers and many of her essays can be found in an autobiography "My Abnormal Life" published in 2004. Hung Huang is also a regular face on TV, where she has hosted several programmes.

Last year, she starred in a movie titled "Perpetual Motion" which also featured her mother.

Mao Jian
Ms Mao is a popular writer who is currently teaching at the East China Normal University.

Her essays on Western literature, movie commentaries and columns can be found in major newspapers and magazines in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, such as the  Hong Kong Economic Journal, Wen Wei Po, Lianhe Zaobao, Yazhou Zhoukan, Shanghai Literature, Shucheng and Wanxiang.

Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, her publications include Extreme Crime, Extreme Beauty - A Movie Diary, When The World
Turns Right and Smile Slowly.

A popular writer who is winning fans all over the world, Mao Jian is known for her uncanny ability to capture and portray the emotions, feelings and lives of modern Chinese in a witty, humourous and sometimes mischievous way that often surprises readers.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Peter Ong
Fukan Editor
Lianhe Zaobao
DID: 6319 2457
Email: ongp@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
DID: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

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