Author to read new novel “Nanjing Requiem”

Author of the acclaimed “Waiting” and “A Free Life” will read his new novel “Nanjing Requiem”

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.,  38 Ash St. Boston, MA 02111

(MBTA Orange Line- Tufts Medical Center Stop) Directions:

Free admission.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

RSVP to or call 617-635-5129 x0


The award-winning author returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the 20th century: the Rape of Nanjing. In 1937, with the Japanese poised to invade, Minnie Vautrin—an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College—decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. With extraordinarily evocative precision, Ha Jin re-creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation.

This event is co-sponsored by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center ( and Asian American Resource Workshops (