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Author Talk: Jennifer Lin

Wed, March 14, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Cost: FREE

In her family memoir, Jennifer Lin vividly dramatizes how her family coped with years of political upheaval in China with only their religious faith and familial devotion to sustain them. Through war, public humiliation, and re-education programs, they suffered but they survived.

Her family’s story begins 160 years ago near Fuzhou when her great grandfather, a poor, illiterate fisherman, was converted to Christianity by missionaries. His acceptance of “foreign” religious beliefs had consequences not only for him, but also for future generations.

By the year 2025, China will be home to more Christians than any country in the world. Shanghai Faithful gives an historical context and insight into what this phenomenon may mean for the future of China.

Jennifer Lin is an award-winning journalist and former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a distinguished thirty-year career, she served as the paper’s New York financial correspondent, Washington foreign affairs reporter, and Asia bureau chief based in China. She spent years travelling to and around China to document her family’s story.

Ms. Lin will be giving a presentation of her lastest book "Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family" with a brief question and answer period and will be signing books available for purchase. Admission to the presentation is free. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Independence Library.


Independence Library
18 S. 7th Street (7th Street between Market & Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19106