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Leandre Larouche

Léandre Larouche is a student in English Literature at Concordia University.

Sacha Trudeau on China: ‘We can be friends’

On November 11th, an audience of roughly a hundred people received Alexandre "Sacha" Trudeau at the University Club of Montreal. The event, presented by the Montreal Press Club, focused on Trudeau's recently published book, Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China. After a cocktail reception, the journalist, filmmaker and writer read a chapter from his book. The President of the Montreal Press Club, Linda Renaud, then interviewed him in more detail, and moderated questions from the crowd.   Despite being the son of a former Prime Minister and the brother of the current one, Trudeau thinks of himself as an apolitical person. To be fair, he did involve himself in Justin Trudeau's 2013 leadership campaign, but he stopped after that. "You can't do just a little bit of politics," he said to the audience. "It takes everything." Trudeau also believes it is difficult to be a politician while raising children.   Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China, published by HarperCollins earlier this year, reflects well the nature of its author: Trudeau is a man of action. As a journalist and documentary producer for Canadian television, Trudeau has covered geopolitical conflicts such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq. "He insisted on being one of the few journalists to live among the people of Baghdad as their city burned," according to a publication in the National Post. Trudeau hopes his book will allow readers to travel with him through China. Far from academic writing, his work is rather an organized series of experiences and observations while traveling. The book ultimately aims to understand 21st century China.   Traveling he has done. To publish this book, Trudeau undertook ten trips to China, taking no less than a decade to complete the writing. Furthermore, he does not know if he will be able… Read More