Dan Washburn, Managing Editor, The Asia Society

Building a golf course is illegal in China – but that hasn’t stopped hundreds from being financed and constructed in recent years. While the roots of the sport stem back to the Ming Dynasty, Chinese leadership has deemed the sport too wasteful of public money and a burden on the environment. Despite having to use fake names to access secret greens, and the possibility that the course may be demolished by tee time, golf’s popularity is as high as ever in China. How does golf represent the range of contradictions occurring in modern China? Join The Chicago Council and The Asia Society’s Dan Washburn for a look into the forbidden game.

Dan Washburn is the managing editor at The Asia Society. His writing has appeared in the FT Weekend Magazine, The Economist, the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, Golf World, Slate and His work has also been featured in the anthologies Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China and Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On. He is also the founding editor of, one of the most widely read English-language websites about China. He received his BA in English-Professional Writing from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Dan Washburn’s new book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, will be available for purchase and signing after the event.


The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Business attire is required.

7:30 a.m.     
Registration and light breakfast

7:45 a.m.
Presentation and discussion

8:45 a.m.

Members $25
Nonmembers $35

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