China Girl

Journalist transforms touchy-feely situation into brutally frank book

At first glance, Mei-Ling Hopgood’s Lucky Girl smacks of Oprah. And Hopgood’s 2009 memoir, about traveling back to China as an adult to reunite with the birth parents who gave her up for adoption, might well have descended into the touchy-feely had it not been for the hard-core chops the long-time journalist brought to her brutally frank dissertation on culture and family and how “one plane ride can change everything.”

Now based in Argentina, Hopgood visits the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to discuss the book and “The Journey from Journalist to Author” in a free lecture.

Mon., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., 2009
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