University of San Francisco’s Center for Asia Pacific Studies to Host “Lessons from China: The World’s Largest Education System” with Author Lenora Chu

Lecture focused on pulling back the curtain on China’s way of education

SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2018) -- The Center for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF) will host “Lessons from China: The World’s Largest Education System” on Wednesday, September 19 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Xavier Auditorium on the USF campus. The event is free and open to the public and will be led by Lenora Chu, author of the award-winning book Little Soldiers, chronicling her experiences inside China’s school system, and exploring issues of inequality and educators' longstanding struggle to change what’s broken. In pulling back the curtain on China’s way of education, Lenora asks to re-examine notions of grit and talent and a radically different driver of creativity and innovation.

Published by HarperCollins, Little Soldiers won the 2017 Nautilus Award and the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ top 2018 nonfiction prize and was shortlisted for Stanford Libraries’ Saroyan International Prize. It also won a rare five-star review from the South China Morning Post.

“We are interested in learning what the real story is behind the Chinese educational system and how it compares with our system in the U.S.,” said Melissa S. Dale, USF assistant professor and executive director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. “What are the pros and cons of each system? Having experienced the system first-hand with her children and through research in the field, Lenora Chu is the perfect person to give us this insider’s view and to provide us with the Chinese and Western perspectives on education today.”

Event Details:

September 19, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:45 PM
Fromm Hall, Xavier Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St.

Journalists interested in covering the event should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or


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About Center for Asia Pacific Studies:

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies is San Francisco’s academic gateway to the Asia Pacific, fostering and promoting innovative research, teaching and public programs on the peoples and cultures of the region. As the core of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco, the Center unites and creates synergies among faculty and students researching and studying Greater China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India. Learn more about the Center for Asia Pacific Studies.