A Canadian Journalist Clashed with Politics and Suspicion at Radio Beijing in 1980

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China, Beijing, Tian An Men Square, in 1980.

Journalist Gail Pellett was hired by Radio Beijing in 1980 as a “foreign expert” for her experience in American-Canadian broadcast journalism. In her memoir Forbidden Fruit - 1980, the writer, director and radio producer writes about her time in Beijing at a pivotal moment in post-Cultural Revolution China, and details her experiences living and working there as an outsider.

Event: Gail Pellett will be reading and signing books at The Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1.