Modern Publishing Anniversary


To mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of Mr. How Zoen Fong, founder of the Commercial Press, and to commemorate the extraordinary life and achievements of this preeminent pioneer of modern publishing in China, the Renwen Society at China Institute and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University will jointly hold a book launch of A Pioneer Remembered: A Biography of How Zoen Fong and symposium on October 4, 2014 at Columbia University.

Speakers at the event will include: Mr. Jim Cheng, Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University; Dr. Chi Wang, President of the US-China Policy Foundation and former head of the Chinese Section at the Library of Congress; Mr. Wang Chunshen, Board Chair of the Commercial Press in Taiwan; Dr. Tai-loi Ma, Director of the East Asian Library at Princeton University; Mr. Julian Suez, grandson of How Zoen Fong; and Mr. Chunmai Chao, author of the biography.

See details and registration info at This event will be conducted in English.


Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014 301 Uris Hall Business School, Columbia University, NYC, NY

2:30-5:00 pm - Book Launch and Symposium
5:00-5:40 pm - Viewing of publications by the Commercial Press prior to 1914, on display at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

Free admission. Advanced registration is requested. To register, please visit the links above.