hchk members privilege: asia society - out of the gobi: my story of china and america

Tuesday, February 26th 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America

Meet the Author


Evening Presentation by WEIJIAN SHAN, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, PAG
Drinks Reception 6:30pm
Presentation 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm

Out of Gobi is the most profound and powerful memoir to emerge from China in years, with the potential to reshape the American perspective of China and how the Chinese view America, as China and the United States this year mark 40 years of the normalization of Sino-U.S. relations.Weijian Shan, one of Asia’s best-known financiers, recounts his remarkable personal story of his exile to the Gobi Desert for hard labor at the age of 15 amidst the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. He provides in-depth history of and commentary on modern China and retells of how, improbably, his life became intertwined with America. Indeed, his improbable journey from the Gobi Desert to the “People’s Republic of Berkeley” and beyond is a uniquely American success story. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says: “Shan’s life provides a demonstration of what is possible when China and the United States come together, even by happenstance. It is not only Shan’s personal history that makes this book so interesting, but also how the stories of China and America merge in just one moment in time to create an inspired individual so unique and driven, and so representative of the true spirits of both countries.” In this evening presentation, Mr. Shan will share his extraordinary personal journey of perseverance.


Weijian Shan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAG, a private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a Partner of TPG, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, and Co-Managing Partner of TPG Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital). Mr. Shan led a number of landmark transactions, including the acquisitions of Korea First Bank and China’s Shenzhen Development Bank, both of which made his investors billions of dollars in profits and were made into case studies at Harvard Business School. He previously was a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a farm laborer in China’s Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia. Mr. Shan holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. He studied English at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade (now Beijing University of International Business and Economics), where he also taught as a faculty member.

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HK$200 (Lifetime/Patron)

HK$200 (Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member)

HK$350 (Prospect/Guest)

Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Monday, February 11th 2019

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Monday, February 11th 2019

(Prospect/Guest) : Monday, February 11th 2019

Sign Up Deadline

Sunday, February 24th 2019

Time & Location

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Contact Info

Jackie Keung