Jennifer Lin, Author of 'Shanghai Faithful,' Presenting at SVC April 11

by Public Relations | Feb 20, 2017

Feb. 20, 2017

Jennifer LinSaint Vincent College will host a presentation on historical research for journalism as well as Christianity in China by Jennifer Lin, journalist and author, on Tuesday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lin is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and was previously employed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She lived in Beijing with her husband and two children from 1996 to 1999 while she was the Asia correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer. On the side, she took many trips to sites from her family's past. She is currently a journalist in Philadelphia and the author of a new family history, entitled, Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family, which will be released in March 2017.

In her book, journalist Lin weaves oral history and archival resources to dramatize 150 years of her family history. Shanghai Faithful is a multigenerational saga of the Lin family, serving as a brisk history of Christianity in China. From 19th-century missions to the churches of war-torn Shanghai and today’s thriving house churches, the book vividly brings to life a country’s turbulent history and a family’s poignant struggles. When the Cultural Revolution appears to tear the family apart, forgiveness and understanding prevail, setting the stage for a new beginning.

Daniel Bays, professor emeritus at Calvin College, and author of A New History of Christianity in China, reviewed the book.

“This masterful biography is a loving and skillfully written portrait of the Lin family, spanning five generations. The author also provides an authentic survey of the historical events that overtook the family members during these decades. I recommend this book highly for both the novice and the ‘old China hand.’”

Dr. Tina Johnson, associate professor of history and director of Chinese studies at Saint Vincent College, invited Lin to the Saint Vincent campus to speak to students about the topics of researching for journalism as well as Christianity in China, as she was interested in Lin's methods of research.

“I’m writing a book on women’s health in China, and one of the physicians I’m researching has the same surname (Lin),” Johnson said. “Her family and my physician are from the same region in China, and they were both Christian.  But there’s no other relation or connection between the two as far as we know.  We met because of these similarities, and also because I’m interested in how Jennifer incorporated historical research and writing for a broader audience.”

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Photo:  Jennifer Lin

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