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March 6, 2009 in The China Beat


Copyright March 6, 2009. Used by permission.


China Beat‘s First (and Maybe Last) Quiz with a Prize for the Winner

Jeff Wasserstrom recently mentioned in an interview with City Weekend magazine that he’s hoping someone at the audience for his March 15 PRC book launch ofGlobal Shanghai, 1850-2010 will ask him this question: “If you could bring back to life, for a day, two people you’ve written about who are now dead, and ask them questions about what Shanghai was like then, who would they be and what would you ask them?” Well, he wouldn’t tell the magazine who he was thinking of, but he’s now told us and offered to let us give us a copy of his 2007 book, China’s Brave New World–And Other Tales for Global Times, to the winner of an online contest related to this mystery. Here’s how it works:

See if you can figure out from the following clues the identities of the two people he had in mind, one of whom gets a lot of attention in China’s Brave New World,the other of whom gets quoted at some length in Global Shanghai. Please send your answers as well as the supplementary material described below to Kate Merkel-Hess, the Editor of China Beat, at