Join AmCham Shanghai for a virtual event author series: Rumors from Shanghai by Amy Sommers on Friday, September 10th from 12:15 to 1:15 PM. Amy spent 11 years working in Shanghai and she was a China-focused Lawer over three decades. As a former Shanghai resident, Amy Sommers's historical thriller Rumors from Shanghai is set in the run-up to the Pearl Harbor attack. In this AmCham event she will talk about her novel and the contradictions of Shanghai life in the autumn of 1941.
Eighty years ago, despite being four years into Japan's invasion of China, in many respects life in Shanghai carried on with 'business as usual.' On December 8, 1941 (China time), Japan launched an attack on the U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor and simultaneously seized the foreign-controlled areas of Shanghai. Illusions of normalcy were destroyed and an era of Shanghai's history ended.
It's our pleasure to invite Dr. Andrew Field, Associate Professor of Chinese History at Duke Kunshan University to moderate the discussion and Q&A sessions. Dr. Field is an expert of China with deep language and culture knowledge, he is one of the leading historians of modern China.
12:15 PM - 12:20 PM
Opening remarks by Andrew David Field, Ph.D.
12:20 PM - 1:00 PM
Talk by Amy Sommers
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Q&A moderated by Andrew David Field, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chinese History at Duke Kunshan University
Amy Sommers spent three decades as a China-focused lawyer, including 11 years working in Shanghai. During the time she was in Shanghai, she was actively involved in AmCham Shanghai, including as a co-founder of the Women's Executive Network. Since returning to the United States, Amy splits her time between Seattle and an island on the border with Canada that forms the setting for her next writing project involving descendents of British soldiers, looted imperial property from the Second Opium War, land appropriated from native residents, seafood smuggling, and murder. In addition to her historical thriller Rumors from Shanghai, Amy has written diverse nonfiction pieces, such as "A Tragedy of the Commons: Property Rights Issues in Shanghai Historic Residences" and "The Black Pacific,1919-1941: African Americans and Asia in the Interwar Period."