A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Wenguang Huang discussed the Bo Xilai scandal

wenguanghuangWenguang Huang joined us in a discussion of the Bo Xilai scandal, the subject of his book, A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China.

The scandalous story of the corruption of the Bo Xilai family—the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood; Bo’s secret lovers, who may have included Chinese film stars; the blackmailing by Bo’s supporters; the hasty trial and sentencing of Gu Kailai, Bo’s wife—is only the tip of an iceberg and just the beginning of a cataclysmic power struggle that could rock the very foundation of China’s all-powerful Communist Party. By the time it is over, the machinations in Beijing and throughout the country that began with Bo’s fall could affect China’s economic development and disrupt the world’s political and economic order.

Wenguang Huang is a writer, journalist, and translator whose articles and translations have been published in The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Chicago Tribune, The Paris Review, The Asia Literary Review and The Christian Science Monitor. He is most recently the author of the memoir The Little Red Guard.

This event is presented by the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and cosponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for International Studies.

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