Precept: Author Scott Seligman '73: The First Chinese American - 9/23/13

This is a joint program with the Harvard Club of Chicago

Our speaker, Scott Seligman '73, attended Princeton for his undergraduate education, and Harvard for his graduate education.  He is a bona fide "New China Hand," having been part of the first wave of Americans to visit and work in China shortly after the U.S. and China established full diplomatic relations in 1979.  Scott spent over eight years living and working in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China where he became fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese.  Now retired, his work experience included a stint with the National Council for U.S.-China Trade (now the U.S.-China Business Council), and also as head of the Burson-Marsteller office in China.

Scott has written a number of books: Chinese at a Glance (1986 & 2006), Dealing with the Chinese (1989), Chinese Business Etiquette (1999), Cultural Revolution Cookbook (2011 with Sasha Gong), Three Tough Chinamen (2012, about the Moy brothers, another book with a Chicago angle).

His newest book The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin-Foo (April 2013), tells the story of the first self-declared Chinese American (1847-1898).  Scott's narrative describes Mr. Wong as an early leader and fighter in the struggle for equal rights for Chinese in America during the time of the shameful "Chinese Exclusion Act" (1882-1943). 

During the precept, he will highlight Mr. Wong's  "Chicago connection."  For several years Mr. Wong lived in Chicago where he established the Chinese Equal Rights League on South Clark Street (where the orginal Chicago Chinatown was located), where he founded the first Confucian Temple in America, where he published two Chinese language newspapers, including one during the Chicago World's Fair, and where he even organized a "junta" of Chinese Americans to help govern China after the hoped for fall of the Qing Dynasty (which didn't happen until 1911). 

This should be a fascinating and educational evening as well as a nice opportunity to mix with fellow Tigers as well as our friends in crimson!

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Date:   MondaySeptember 23, 2013

Time:  5:30 p.m. - Wine & cheese reception

           6:00 p.m. - Program followed by Q & A
           7:15 p.m. - Conclude

(NOTE:  Please arrive before 6:00 p.m.  After that time further security measures will be in effect in the building.)

McDermott, Will & Emery (ID required for entrance to the building)
227 W. Monroe St., 45th Floor, Chicago

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$15.00 for PCC Members.  Members may bring one guest at the PCC Member rate. 

$30.00 for Non-Members

* Complimentary for Princeton Club of Chicago Benefactor level members and one guest *

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Note:  The Princeton Club of Chicago Book Club will be reading this book and attending this event.  If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact Patricia Li ’08 @