National Convention Recap and Meet the Author: Scott Tong

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Event Details:

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Backstreet Café 1103 S. Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX. 77019
Tickets: Members Free I Non-Members $15
Appetizers and Beverages will be provided.



We invite you to join us as we have special guest Scott Tong, author of A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World join us to learn more about his new book and the experiences that have molded him. Scott Tong's book is a personal, journalistic discovery of China’s long and interrupted economic opening. Scott's experiences and story inspired his book, which addresses diverse questions about globalization and drawbridges that many countries are debating today. Continuing the discussion, we'll also have individuals who attended the Ascend National Convention attend who will share stories from their time in San Francisco. This will be a great opportunity to network and learn more about Asian culture and its impact.

Public Radio Correspondent, Author

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, after working as a producer and off-air reporter for the PBS NewsHour, where he produced a series of mini-documentaries from Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. He’s appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NPR’s Here & Now, BBC World Service and KQED’s Forum. He has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and TedxFoggybottom. Scott Tong has reported from more than a dozen countries as correspondent for Marketplace, from refugee camps in East Africa to shoe factories in eastern China. He toured the oil sands of Canada and snuck into Burma. Currently he serves as correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk, where his coverage focuses on energy, the environment, natural resources and the global economy. His reporting includes special coverage of the 2016-2017 globalization backlash; Water: The High Price of Cheap; Venezuela’s economic collapse; the triumph of the shareholder value model in the U.S. and the Price of Profits; the challenge of long-term job creation in the United States; the 2011 Japan tsunami and recovery; the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa; and the economics of one child in China. In 2013-14, Scott was awarded the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan. A graduate of Georgetown University, Scott is a native of Poughkeepsie, New York. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Cathy and three children. He is an acknowledged soccer dad and cycles to work at a measured pace.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Check-In / Networking & Appetizers 
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM - Ascend National Convention Recap & PowerPoint Presentation  
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Scott's Book Session