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ONLINEJBM Speaker Series: Jonathan Kaufman

Top Pick November 12, 2020 $6.00 - $9.00
Jonathan Reed Kaufman (Courtesy photo: Northeastern University)

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, Jonathan Kaufman has written and reported on China for 30 years in news outlets including The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. In ”The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China,” Kaufman writes about the Sassoons who, by the 1930s, had been doing business in China for a century, rivaled in wealth and influence by only one other dynasty, the Kadoories.

The book tells the remarkable history of how these families participated in an economic boom that opened China to the world. At the height of World War II, they joined together to rescue and protect 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. As the United States confronts China’s rise, and China grapples with the pressures of breakneck modernization and global power, the long-hidden odysseys of the Sassoons and the Kadoories hold a key to understanding the present moment.

Co-sponsored with the Jewish Journal and in conversation with Dan Urman, director of the undergraduate law and public policy and director of online and hybrid programs at the School of Law at Northeastern University. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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