[Book Talk] Choked: Inside the World’s Most Polluted Cities

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19:30 (Doors open at 19:00)
  • Pallavi Aiyar (Award winning foreign correspondent and author)
Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus
1F Parliament (student lounge)
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
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Choked, tells the story of pollution in two of the world’s most polluted, yet economically successful, cities: Beijing and New Delhi. Part memoir and part investigative report, Choked is topical and urgent. Drawing on her experience of living and raising two small children in Delhi, Beijing and Jakarta, author Pallavi Aiyar describes the trajectory of the fight against air pollution, gets expert opinion on assessing poor air quality and how it affects the health, lists the lessons that Delhi can learn from Beijing’s successes and failures, and points out why short-term measures won’t work.


Pallavi Aiyar

Award winning foreign correspondent and author

Pallavi Aiyar is an award winning foreign correspondent and author. She has reported from across China, Europe, Indonesia and Japan contributing to numerous publications.

Pallavi is the author of the 2008 China-memoir, Smoke and Mirrors, which won the Vodafone-Crossword Popular award. Her 2011 novel, Chinese Whiskers was published in the United States, Europe and India. She is also lead author of a Lonely Planet guide to China. Her Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis, is a unique Indian-Chinese take on contemporary Europe’s crises. Her latest book, Choked: Living Inside the World’s Most Polluted Cities and is an in-depth look at air pollution in New Delhi and Beijing.

In 2010 she was recognized by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for her work in furthering Sino-Indian relations, and in 2014 she was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is also a Brains Trust member of the IMD-based think tank, the Evian Institute.

Pallavi has first class degrees from Delhi University, Oxford University, the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California.

She currently based in Tokyo, Japan.
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