The BBC’s man in China to talk cross-dressing in York

Fascinating story… Michael Bristow. Photograph: Phil Coomes
4 Apr 2018 @ 2.46 pm
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One of the BBC’s top foreign correspondents will be in York this month with a very interesting story to tell.

Michael Bristow is the BBC World Service Asia/Pacific editor. When he decided to write a history of modern China he turned to his language teacher for help – and discovered a fascinating perspective on his host country.

And he will share his discoveries at an event at York Explore on Saturday, April 14.

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Michael’s teacher was born just two years after the communist party came to power in 1949.

York Explore Library

Sat Apr 14 @ 2pm

£5

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The changing fortunes of his life have mirrored the ups and downs of his country, which has moved from communist poverty to capitalist wealth in just a single generation.

Michael was surprised to learn that the teacher was also a cross-dresser.

In his new book China In Drag: Travels with a Cross-dresser Michael chronicles the story of modern China through his teacher’s story.

Bookings can be made at any York library or online here.

For five years Michael was a BBC correspondent in Beijing, covering everything from earthquakes to the Olympics. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and their two children.