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American Star on Chinese Television to Speak at Pomona College

Rachel DeWoskin starred on Chinese primetime television as the American vixen, Jiexii, a sultry “foreign babe” in love with Chinese culture and Chinese men. Her experiences on-screen gave her behind-the-scenes insights into the attitudes and lives of the modern Chinese and the ways in which China and America view and portray each other. DeWoskin will share her experiences in a talk at Pomona College on Thursday, November 10, at 4:15 p.m.

DeWoskin, the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, was 21 when she went to China in 1994 to pursue her Chinese studies. Two years after the Tienanmen Square crackdown, Beijing was awash with brand names, discos, divorces, cosmetic surgery, and cross-cultural dating, transforming the face of China’s capital. It was in this cultural moment that DeWoskin became a Chinese TV star.

DeWoskin has also published work in publications such as The Boston Globe, Ploughshares and Seneca Review. She won an American Academy of Poets Award in 2000 and is the associate poetry editor at Agni Magazine, an acclaimed literary magazine published at Boston University.

This lecture, sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, will be held in the Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 Harvard Avenue, Claremont). For further information call (909) 607-8065.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center for the distinguished, PBI also offers books, film series and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities.