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Chasing the Monk’s Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang by Mishi Saran

  • Multi-function Room, LG4, Lee Shau Kee Library HKUST (map)
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About the Talk

During the talk, Ms Saran will introduce the experiences mentioned in her travel book-cum-memoir, Chasing the Monk’s Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang. The book was shortlisted for Indias 2006 Hutch-Crossword Award for Literary Non-Fiction, and long listed for Germanys 2006 Lettres Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage. To research the book, Saran spent a year tracing the footsteps of Xuanzang, a 7th Century Chinese Buddhist monk who travelled along the Silk Road from China to India, passing through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms Saran will talk about her journey in Central Asia, drawing comparisons between her research on the Silk Road in the 7th century compared to her observations in the 21st century.

Co-organized by the HKUST Center for Education Innovation, the HKUST Center for the Arts, and the HKUST Library, this event is one of the "Silk Road" Talks of the HKUST Arts Festival 2018.

About the Speaker

Following an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College (USA), Mishi Saran worked in Hong Kong as a news reporter and as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in a variety of international publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books and Quartz, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the South China Morning Post and the Asian Wall Street Journal. Her short stories have won awards and been broadcast on the BBC. 

Language: English


HKUST students may attain 1.5-hour attendance in the "Activities" module in Wellness & Personal Enrichment of the HLTH1010 Course.

Free admission
All are welcome
No admission under the age of 6

Co-organized by the HKUST Center for Education Innovation, Center for the Arts and Library

Online Registration: click here


A book and media display related to the Silk Road has been set up at the ground floor of the Library. Please drop by to explore and enjoy the many facets of the Silk Road!