Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans – Three Daughters of China (which has been said by the Asian Wall Street Journal to be the most read book about China), and Mao: The Unknown Story (co-written with Jon Halliday). Both books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and together sold some 15 million copies.
Born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China in 1952, Jung Chang worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot’ doctor, a steelworker and an electrician before becoming an English Language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 – the first person from the People’s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British University. She has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of Buckingham, York, Warwick, the Open University and Bowdoin College, USA.
Her spellbinding lectures charting the dramatic developments in 20th century China provide a truly unique, inspiring and uplifting experience and help to understand the challenges of 21st Century globalisation. The lessons to be learned from her latest highly acclaimed book ‘Mao – the Unknown Story’ add tremendously to the understanding of Chinese culture and development.
A gifted storyteller, her presentations stimulate emotions and leave audiences reflecting upon her powerful and moving messages.