August 31st, 2009
06:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to Hong Kong

Palin is headed to Hong Kong.
Palin is headed to Hong Kong.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first major speaking engagement after leaving office won't be in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.

Instead, she's apparently headed to Hong Kong.

According to the Hong Kong-based brokerage firm CLSA, Palin will be the keynote speaker at their 16th annual investor's conference in September. The conference of financial heavy-hitters brings together hundreds of CEOs, CIOs and fund managers from around the world. In agreeing to speak, Palin's joining some esteemed company: past speakers at the conference have included Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore and Desmond Tutu.

The former governor's spokesman was not immediately available to confirm the speaking engagment, which was announced in a press release Monday by CLSA. Palin's team hasn't always been on the same page as event organizers who have billed her as as a headline speaker. Over the last four months, organizers at conservative events in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. have announced appearances by the GOP star, only to discover at the last minute she would not attend.


CLSA appeared firm in their plans Monday, telling reporters that Palin is making her first trip to Asia. "As the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state, Palin has broken new ground in U.S. politics and we are delighted that she will make her first visit to Asia to present at the CLSA Investors' Forum," CLSA chairman Jonathan Sloane said in a statement.

Since departing office in July, Palin has been busy writing her book, a memoir set to be published in spring 2010 by HarperCollins. Her father Chuck Heath told The (Spokane, Washington) Spokesman-Review Friday that his daughter "has been out of town for almost a month now" working on the draft.

"I don't know exactly where she is, but she's writing her book," Heath said. "She e-mails me quite frequently. She asks, 'Oh, what happened on June 13, 1978?' This is material for her book."

Heath said Palin asks him about "trivial things like maybe a basketball game, 'How many points did I score here?' 'When did we go to the Boston Marathon?' Mainly sports."


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Beverly - NYC

    I'm sure there will be some kind of scheduling problem and she won't show up. If she does show up, those translators are going to earn their money translating her gibberish.

    August 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. SMP

    How are they going to understand her English, when Americans can't?

    August 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Tom in Delaware

    Actually, Palin's first trip to Asia was when she's visited the Alaskan National Guard in Kuwait.

    August 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Steph

    Hopefully she'll stay there.

    August 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. geecee

    Wow, awesome. And she won't even have to use an interpreter because everything she says makes about as much sense to most English-speaking people as the Chinese language does anyway!!

    August 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. midwest liberal

    I wonder if she'll have scheduling conflicts for this one like she has for a lot of the others she's had to cancel out of?

    August 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Steph

    I'd hate to be that translator.

    August 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Buffalo

    Can we keep her there?

    August 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Dear Sarah,

    You don't have to go to Asia because you can already it on the map.Therefore you already know so much about the place.

    August 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. All the news that is fit to omit

    Again, the DEMOCRAT who is in charge of writing our nations tax laws yet again is caught CHEATING on his taxes, but yet we get NOTHING in the MSM on him, but Palin is going on a trip and giving a speech, BIG STORY.

    Charley Rangel is under indictment and just the other day discovered a few million more dollars that he ooopsy, failed to report, like he forgot his condos, vacation rentals, etc, etc.

    Maybe he should keep his cash in the freezer like Jefferson or hang around with the right people like Richardson who got away with it the other day as well as even the prosecuter said he was "pressured" to make the case go away and that doesn't mean Richardson was NOT guilty.

    My bad they have a (D) next to their name and we NEED MORE PALIN STORIES.........................

    August 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. katiec

    Sorry, meant a governor who left her state in shambles.
    Heaven forbid she would ever become a senator.

    August 31, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I guest on the day she is suppose to speak she is going to cancel and say she didn't it was not on her calendar.

    August 31, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Ken

    I think the article should be titled: Ding Dong to Hong Kong.

    August 31, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Pepou

    Can she stay THERE ?

    August 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Angie

    ...go Sarah.....love her!

    August 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Robert - Mo

    I think it will be good for her to go! She needs to realize that Politics is not her calling in this lifetime. Maybe the Asian's will understand her incoherent ramblings better than the American's.

    Sarah need to shoot for something differentely than speaking engagements. However, she will not go if the ghost writer is as clueless as she is on the subject matter.

    August 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. BJ

    Can't really be mad at 'em – everyone loves comedy. Anyway, perhaps travel will expand that pea-brain.

    August 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. ton

    Who cares??????? Stop writing about, she is not important.

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. gl, From Pittsburgh

    The former governor's spokesman was not immediately available to confirm the speaking engagment, which was announced in a press release Monday by CLSA. Palin's team hasn't always been on the same page as event organizers who have billed her as as a headline speaker. Over the last four months, organizers at conservative events in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. have announced appearances by the GOP star, only to discover at the last minute she would not attend.

    --------------------------------
    Here we go again!

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. doug

    God help us. It's hard to contain ignorance and greed!

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. watchdog

    We know she can !

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. TomJay

    Wonder how much money this group will be paying her to speak. Beaucoup de bucks, I bet.

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Michael

    Maybe she'll stay there.

    August 31, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Rollin Indamoney

    Cha-ching! Thanks for the money, Hong Kong!
    Regards,
    Sarah

    August 31, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. carlo

    I pray that she finds a good spot to relax and stays.

    August 31, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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