Not many Americans have actually flown a small plane in China. But James Fallows, national correspondent and former Beijing correspondent for The Atlantic, has, and it was a hair-raising experience. A life-long aviation aficionado, Fallows will share the harrowing flight he co-piloted on the Cirrus SR22, a four-seat prop plane, from Hunan province’s Changsha to southern Zhuhai. Along the way, he will talk about China’s aviation ambitions and what they tell us about China’s prospects as a technology superpower.
Pieces of China is an online series that tells the story of China, one object at a time. Each live-streamed 15-minute episode features experts, thought leaders, and friends, who will share objects, places, and ideas—personal or culturally significant—that combine to build a unique picture of modern China.
James Fallows is a long-time writer for The Atlantic, and author of twelve books. His most recent is Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America, written with his wife, the linguist and author Deborah Fallows. The book is the subject of an HBO documentary airing this April. Fallows has won the National Book Award and the National Magazine Award, and a documentary Emmy for a series called “Doing Business in China.” He first visited China in the mid-1980s, when his family was living in Japan; he and his wife lived there for four years starting in 2006. He wrote two books about that time in China, Postcards from Tomorrow Square and China Airborne.