After six years in Beijing and over three at the Economist Corporate Network, I am very sadly leaving the country without being able to say goodbye in person. Since we've had many months without being able to get together, I wanted to leave you with a little imagination, inspiration and a drink.
In collaboration with Bespoke Beijing, we organised a virtual cocktail party (with real drinks) and have invited film director Hao Wu to talk about his award-winning documentary, The People's Republic of Desire about livestreaming and the strange symbiosis between some of China's poorest citizens and its richest. Since the lockdown started livestreaming has become ever more important to help brands reach their customer base, and who better to help us understand the phenomenon than New York based director Hao Wu?
We'll meet online at 6pm, and for those of you in Beijing who fill in your address and phone number, we will deliver a cocktail to your home or office by Wednesday so that you have the drinks ready for cocktails on Friday night. Laurence, Mixologist and owner of the Moonshine Bar in Sanlitun's Nali Patio will teach you how to mix a Martinez and give us all some tips on making the perfect G&T or Whisky Sour at home. (For those of us in the US or the UK, this might be a little early in the day to start imbibing) but you can still dial in to listen to the talk over coffee and perfect your G&T skills for later that night.
We'll work out a secure way for participants to see each other's faces on Zoom and will send more details to those of you who register. I hope you can join me to raise a virtual glass.