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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well with any luck they'll have a translator who will hopefully avert an international incident when Flailin Quittin Palin inevitably inserts her foot in her mouth as is her custom. Hopefully she won't call anyone a "Red Commie". We can only pray.

    August 31, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. ANGIE IN PA

    can she stay there?

    August 31, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. WILLIS

    I see this sleaze-ball is working to sell us out to China along with her neocon scuz-bag buddies.

    Hopefully she will trip herself up with her trademark stupidity.

    August 31, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Cheri, Columbia, SC

    Is CLSA sure? With all the mis-communication with her offices lately, she'll probably be a no-show, lol.

    August 31, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. foreigner taking your jobs, CA

    Amazing another Palin story. Thanks you CNN for following her EVERY move. Amazing journalism. NOT.

    C'mon give the old girl a break would ya!

    Why this obsession with a car-wreck? I understand we all rubberneck to get a view, but is it healthy?

    And I gotta say, is she really in Hong Kong or is she looking at it from her backyard? You know I am an expert Hockey player – no I never played but I could see Madison Square Garden from my house. Yep.

    August 31, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Ron

    She's going to Hong Kong to see Russia!

    August 31, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Time for more publicity stunts now that she's bailed on her commitment to Alaska's voters? In future versions of the Thesaurus, under "Narcissism" it will say "see Palin".

    August 31, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Emma

    Another Rush Limbaugh making the big time.

    August 31, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Independent

    Palin can travel the world twenty times over and she stil would not be a viable presidential candidate

    August 31, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – will she be asked follow-up questions? Or just memorize a speech written by someone that did NOT leave their own home town in bankruptcy?

    August 31, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Preston kath

    Preston kathy i believe sara palin will speck all over the world to make money for the gop thats why she quit being governon of alaska

    August 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. vernis Robertson

    When she go to Hong Kong ,she needs to stay their . He is a women that her own party don't respect her.

    August 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Pamela in Florida

    She will do fine (will a script). If they don't ask her any impromptu questions, she will be okay.

    August 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. S M R

    I am SO lost for words, LOL

    August 31, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Please stay there, Sarah.

    August 31, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Okay fellow Americans now we should be scared. She has a speaking engagement in HONG KONG??? Does she know she will have to travel outside of the country?

    August 31, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Joyce in South Carolina

    Oh My Gosh!!!!! I "betcha" she will advise all of them to just quit!!!!

    August 31, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. S M R

    Her speech should consist of ALL the reasons why not to follow the GOP playbook.

    August 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    Please, please CNN. Whether she is going to Hong Kong (for what, I wonder?) or Timbuktu on the CONTINENT of Africa, does the American population have to know? Odds are, she will screw up her calendar again and say she never agreed to go!

    August 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Rick

    Why would "financial heavy-hitters" have any interest in anything Sarah has to say? To begin with, no one can ever decipher what she is trying to say. And Hong Kong? She probably can't find H.K. on a map even if you spot her Southeast Asia. "Wasn't there a movie about the King of Hong Kong?" "No Sarah, King Kong was a big monkey".

    August 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Republicans are the American Taliban

    She would be a perfect advisor on how to quit in the middle of ping pong games and Olympic events.She can invite the Chinese to come to Alaska to slaughter polar bears and harp seal pups...

    August 31, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. scully

    Apparently they wanted a person who was equally qualified to advise prospective investors and to be vice-president.

    August 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. S M R

    I hope they open the floor up for questions so Sarah can fall flat on her face again.

    August 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Cleaning up after W

    How do you say "Thanks, but no thanks" in Chinese?

    August 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. J in NJ

    Wonder if she will actually show up or will she have another scheduling conflict?

    August 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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