Google discussion: Jung Chang talks to John Kampfner

May 4, 2012 - 18:00 - 19:00
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Event type: 
Panel Discussion
Event audience: 
Open to the Public
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Google discussion: Jung Chang talks to John Kampfner

In early May 2012 Hay Festival will be celebrating its first Hay Festival in Budapest, presenting an exciting mix of Hungarian, British and Spanish authors and thinkers, sharing of stories and ideas, all in the heart of the city. 

The Festival's events will be held at the Pecsa Music Hall, Museum of Literature Petőfi and Central European University. At CEU there will be three programs (please note: The event is free of admission charge for CEU Community, please register by sending an email to, among the present discussion 

The Author of and biographer of Mao discusses her work and the changes China has seen in the decades since she wrote the global bestseller Wild Swans. Introduced by Markos Kounalakis (CEU)

Author Jung Chang (Wild Swan),  Markos Kounalakis (Senior Fellow at Center for Media and Communication Studies, CEU) will be presenting their thoughts, the discussion will be chaired by John Kampfner.

Jung Chang is a London-based writer of Chinese origins.  She is best known for her family autobiography, White Swans, that has been translated into 30 languages and selling over 10 million copies worldwide, but banned in the People's Republic of China. She is co-author (with her husband, Jon Halliday) of Mao: The Unknown Story. 

John Kampfner is the Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture; author, broadcaster and commentator specialising in UK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues. He is also Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's highest profile art galleries. From Sept 2008 until March 2012 he was Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the world's leading free expression organisations. In late 2009 Index launched a successful campaign to change UK liberal laws.