“Freedom Swimmer” and the Immigrant Experience - Non-members

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Between 1958 and 1973, thousands of Chinese youths braved shark infested waters, not to mention severe punishment if they were captured, to make the grueling long swim from Mainland China to Hong Kong. These youths were risking life and limb to escape poverty, social immobility and political persecution, with the hopes of discovering greater opportunity and freedom in the then-British colony. Collectively, they were known in the media as the ‘Freedom Swimmers’. They were our parents.

Join author Wai Chim ‘00 and Broadway performer Telly Leung ‘98 in-conversation with journalist Heather Chin ‘02 as they discuss Wai’s latest novel for young adult readers, Freedom Swimmer (Scholastic Press 2021) inspired by their parents’ stories. Learn about the personal connection they both have to the incredible true events that led to this novel and find out how their immigrant backgrounds and Stuyvesant experiences informed and shaped their careers in the Arts.

Freedom Swimmer is available now in hardback and audiobook format from your independent bookseller. You can purchase the book here.

Read more about the event and panelists here

Dues-paying members of the Association get discounted pricing as a perk of their membership! For non-members, we are also running a promotion that allows you to purchase our annual membership with your tickets at a discounted price. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM ET

  • Members: $5
  • Non-members: $25
  • Non-member ticket + membership: $50

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