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April 30th 2021: When the Red Gates Opened: Dori Jones Yang's Memoir about China

Dori was among the first American correspondents to cover China’s transformation from Maoism to modernization. Her deeply personal memoir follows her rise from rookie reporter to experienced journalist. She reveals details of her cross-cultural romance and marriage, which gave her deeper insights into how China's reforms led to hopes for better lives among ordinary people. This euphoria reached its peak in 1989, when peaceful protesters filled Tiananmen Square, demanding democracy. On the ground in Beijing, Dori lived that hope, as well as the despair that followed. After Tiananmen, she retu

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Dori Jones Yang

An award-winning author, journalist, and speaker, Dori Jones Yang worked for eight years in the 1980s as Hong Kong bureau chief for Business Week, covering China during its pivotal years. Educated in history at Princeton and in international relations at Johns Hopkins, she has written eight books, including her memoir of her years in China, a best-selling business book about Starbucks, two historical novels, and two award-winning novels about Chinese children in America. From her current base near Seattle, she also worked as West Coast technology correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she has traveled throughout China over forty years and spoken about her b
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