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The NüVoices podcast is hosted by Alice Xin Liu and Joanna Chiu, who will explore the work of women in media and the arts in Greater China, the impact of sexual harassment, abuses of power, international and domestic politics, and their own personal stories. Their guests will also, occasionally, be male. This podcast is wholly coordinated by the NüVoices board, with production by SupChina.

Episódios

  • Literary translation and language as resistance, with Anne Henochowicz

    Literary translation and language as resistance, with Anne Henochowicz

    30/10/2020 Duração: 55min

    Today’s guest, Anne Henochowicz, works at the intersection of literature and human rights. She has translated leaked propaganda directives and subversive Weibo posts, investigative journalism and poetry. She is currently the translations coordinator at China Digital Times and a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel. She also leads the NüVoices chapter in Washington, D.C.In this episode, Anne and Cindy Gao talk about the translator's relationship and responsibility to the original texts and their authors, the beauty and nuance of great translation, and the impact COVID-19 has had on the tone of online discourse and translated works.Here are links to some of Anne’s recent translations:Yu Xiuhua, "Mourning Li Wenliang," China Digital Times, Feb. 2019, https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2020/02/translation-a-poem-for-dr-li-wenliang-and-a-call-for-free-speech/Meng Lang, "To China, to the Bystanders," Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Jul. 2019, https://www.asiancha.com/wp/article/to-china/T

  • Hong Kong media, redefined

    Hong Kong media, redefined

    16/10/2020 Duração: 52min

    Beijing’s enactment of sweeping national security legislation in Hong Kong spurred fresh fear for the territory’s cherished freedoms as authorities sought to quash months of citywide protests. How have journalists, faced with a new reality, confronted this political shift? To help explore this question, Jennifer Creery, the managing editor of Hong Kong Free Press, stepped in as the guest host of this week’s episode of the NüVoices podcast. Joining her are Mary Hui, a reporter with Quartz in Hong Kong who covers geopolitics, technology, and business, and Phoebe Kong, a video journalist and the East Asia correspondent for DW News in Hong Kong.This podcast was edited and produced by Jason MacRonald, with sound design by Richie Fowler.

  • Development finance and Chinese identity, with Yunnan Chen

    Development finance and Chinese identity, with Yunnan Chen

    05/10/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    Yunnan Chen is a senior research officer for the Overseas Development Institute, a London think tank focused on international development and humanitarian issues. She joins Cindy for a conversation on China-Africa development finance, her own fieldwork in Africa, and Chinese identity while reflecting on being a member of the Asian diaspora growing up in the United Kingdom.Recommendations:Yunnan: Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, as well as the TV series Queer Eye, available on Netflix.Cindy: All or Nothing, a documentary about the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Cindy’s favorite team in the English Premier League.

  • Whats next for Hollywood and China after Mulan flop?

    What's next for Hollywood and China after 'Mulan' flop?

    23/09/2020 Duração: 43min

    For years, Hollywood has been trying to reach Chinese audiences, but has yet to find a winning formula. The remake of Mulan, which cost $200 million, is projected to make only $41 million over the entirety of its monthlong China box-office run. As U.S.-China tensions ratchet up, is there a future for movies that try to cross cultural divides and bring ordinary people together? Does politics play a role when Chinese viewers reject art from America? NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu turns to Rebecca Davis, a reporter covering China's entertainment industry, to provide much-needed context and insights. Guest: Rebecca Davis is Variety’s China bureau chief, establishing the magazine’s first permanent outpost in the country in 2018. Davis covers all aspects of China’s entertainment industry, and has a special interest in the intersection between culture and politics in authoritarian systems. Fluent in Mandarin and French, she has a decade of experience in China, including stints at Agence France-Presse, the New

  • Beijing Lights: A conversation with Huang Chenkuang

    Beijing Lights: A conversation with Huang Chenkuang

    11/09/2020 Duração: 41min

    This week’s bonus episode of NüVoices was recorded live from Beijing, where Anthony Tao had a conversation with Huang Chenkuang, a journalist and creative who runs the interview series Beijing Lights (published on the website of the arts collective Spittoon). They spoke in front of an audience at the bar Camera Stylo, which was — believe it or not — launching a cocktail named after Huang’s Beijing Lights.For each article in the series, Huang interviews one person — often a stranger, and usually someone on the margins of society — and tells that person’s story. She has profiled housekeepers (“If I had to live my life again, I’d probably lead the exact same life”), blind masseuses (“Only a few know my full name here, they just call me ‘Number Five’”), fortune-tellers (“Now that all the good stuff I’ve wanted is finally here, it’s already too late, and I’m old”), barbers (“I wasn’t dreaming big, anyway”), and more, getting them to reveal personal details along with their misgivings, their regrets, and their drea

  • Fulbright’s exit from China and Hong Kong

    Fulbright’s exit from China and Hong Kong

    04/09/2020 Duração: 47min

    An executive order signed in July has indefinitely ended the Fulbright program in China and Hong Kong. What happened in the lead-up to the program’s cancellation, and where does the closure fit into the larger context of deteriorating U.S.-China relations? For answers, Sophie Lu (a Fulbrighter herself) convened a panel of scholarship recipients, who shared their Fulbright experiences and the importance of their research. They also discuss the fallout of losing such an avenue for educational and cultural exchange between China and the United States.Guests: Megha Rajagopalan, international correspondent at BuzzFeed News; Hai-Ching Yang, senior corporate counsel for Coursera; and Julia Fan, co-chair of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.  You can sign a Change.org petition to support the Fulbright program in China and Hong Kong here, and share infographics through social media here. Recommended reading:The danger of a single story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epi

  • Chinese cuisine in America, with Simone Tong

    Chinese cuisine in America, with Simone Tong

    21/08/2020 Duração: 49min

    Simone Tong is a chef and co-owner of Little Tong Noodle Shop and the newly opened restaurant Silver Apricot in New York City. Cindy sat down with her to discuss her life as a chef and restaurateur in New York during the pandemic, Chinese cuisine and identity in America, and the inspiration behind the food she cooks.Recommendations:Simone: Educated, by Tara Westover.Cindy: The works of Grace Lee Boggs.

  • Mobility for Africa, with Shantha Bloemen

    Mobility for Africa, with Shantha Bloemen

    07/08/2020 Duração: 36min

    Shantha Bloemen is the founding director of Mobility for Africa, a social enterprise that aims to bring the electric mobility revolution to rural Africa. Having spent the last two decades working in international humanitarian and development assistance in Africa and Asia, she is now eager to put her experience into this venture, which she believes will improve the lives of rural women. Shantha is a keen observer of China's growing footprint in Africa. She is specifically focused on China's relationship with the UN and the multilateral system, and how China is changing the development and humanitarian model and forging new types of relationships that are transforming the South-South agenda.In this conversation recorded in Johannesburg and New York City, Shantha and NüVoices board member Chenni Xu talk about South-South development, gender-equality-driven social enterprises, infrastructure in Africa, how to form meaningful partnerships, and renewable energy and sustainability.Recommendations:Shantha: Mrs. Ameri

  • The nation of diaspora: April Zhu on reporting from Nairobi, part 2

    The nation of diaspora: April Zhu on reporting from Nairobi, part 2

    31/07/2020 Duração: 01h12s

    April Zhu is a freelance journalist and writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on gender, urban inequality, and China-Kenya relations. In this episode, NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talks to April about: How Nairobi is a city with a plotWhy covering women's issues helps us understand power"Ecosystems" of violence in Nairobi's informal settlementsWhy the opposite of Sinophobia is not Sinophilia, but nuanceWhat is missing in "China-Africa" discourse Resources: A lost ‘Little Africa’: How China, too, blames foreigners for the virus, Sinophobia spreads faster than the coronavirus, and A death penalty for the poor, by April Zhu. Recommendations:April: The Dragonfly Sea, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Cindy: The TV series What We Do in the Shadows, available on Hulu.

  • A city with a plot: April Zhu on reporting from Nairobi, part 1

    A city with a plot: April Zhu on reporting from Nairobi, part 1

    24/07/2020 Duração: 01h14min

    April Zhu is a freelance journalist and writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on gender, urban inequality, and China-Kenya relations. In this episode, NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talks to April about: How Nairobi is a city with a plotWhy covering women's issues helps us understand power"Ecosystems" of violence in Nairobi's informal settlementsWhy the opposite of Sinophobia is not Sinophilia, but nuanceWhat is missing in "China-Africa" discourse Resources: A lost ‘Little Africa’: How China, too, blames foreigners for the virus and Sinophobia spreads faster than the coronavirus, by April Zhu. Recommendations:April: The Dragonfly Sea, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Cindy: The TV series What We Do in the Shadows, available on Hulu.

  • Izzy Niu on storytelling and conditional belongingness

    Izzy Niu on storytelling and conditional belongingness

    10/07/2020 Duração: 50min

    Izzy Niu is a freelance journalist and producer who most recently hosted the Webby Award–winning video series at Quartz called Because China. In this episode, NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talks to Izzy about her journey from China to the United States, a few of her media projects, including Loud Murmurs, a Mandarin-language podcast about social and political issues in American pop culture, and her evolving sense of identity and belongingness in her adopted home.

  • Creative entrepreneurship with Qian Zhang

    Creative entrepreneurship with Qian Zhang

    12/06/2020 Duração: 44min

    Qiàn Zhāng 张倩 is a cross-border creative entrepreneur who founded the tea brand The Pu'er Movement while at Harvard Business School, and currently serves as chief of staff to the global president at SharkNinja. Qian is an alumni of the famed Alibaba Global Leadership Academy, which was conceived of and now mentored by Jack Ma himself.In this episode, Qian and NüVoices board member Chenni Xu talk about her time at Alibaba, what she learned from that cross-cultural bridge-building exercise, how her dual perspectives help give voice to the Chinese global citizen, and her time at HBS. The pair also chat about traditional Chinese medicine and non-allopathic modalities of healing. Qian’s mission-driven The Pu'er Movement seeks to fight rising divisiveness by fostering the exchange of perspectives, cultures, and values, one cup of pu’er tea at a time.This episode was recorded on May 16, 2020.Recommendations:Qian: The book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haight, a

  • Seeking creativity through multimedia journalism with Yuan Ren

    Seeking creativity through multimedia journalism with Yuan Ren

    01/06/2020 Duração: 48min

    Journalism is a tough industry to break into, but expanding your multimedia and broadcast skills is a great way to enhance your versatility and job prospects. For Chinese journalist Yuan Ren, who has worked as a Time Out magazine editor and a columnist for U.K. newspapers The Telegraph and The Prospect, transitioning into broadcast media helped her fire up her creativity and experiment with creative storytelling. In this episode, she shares her best tips and tricks for making the switch from print to digital journalism with NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu. The two also discuss what it is like to build a career in Western mainstream media as younger women of Chinese descent. Yuan is a fully bilingual journalist who has written about science, technology, Chinese culture, and current affairs. Originally from Beijing, she began as the Around Town editor at Time Out Beijing. Yuan was a regular contributor to The Telegraph's Wonder Woman column on Chinese women and gender, and a monthly columnist for Pros

  • Foreign correspondence and China, with Megha Rajagopalan

    Foreign correspondence and China, with Megha Rajagopalan

    15/05/2020 Duração: 34min

    Megha Rajagopalan is an award-winning international correspondent for BuzzFeed News, based in London. In this conversation recorded on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in London and New York, Megha and NüVoices board member Chenni Xu discuss Megha's career trajectory from the U.S. to China, the Middle East, and beyond. This includes her award-winning reporting, her time on the board of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, and musings about the current and future direction of foreign correspondence and journalism in China. The pair also discuss whether the "golden age" of reporting in China is really over, their respective residencies in Beijing in the 2010s, and what has changed: from hutong food and beverage closures to more draconian measures taken by the government to censor civil society and the media.Recommendations:Megha: Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe, and Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo.Chenni: FX/Hulu's portentous new show on the second-wave feminists, Mrs. America, and Peter Hessler's River

  • Gender, self-discovery, and vibe curation with Mengwen Cao

    Gender, self-discovery, and vibe curation with Mengwen Cao

    01/05/2020 Duração: 56min

    Mengwen Cao is a photographer, multimedia artist, and cultural organizer. In this conversation recorded during the first week of lockdown in New York City, Mengwen and NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talk about their process of co-creation with their subjects, recent works that investigate the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity, the emotional work we all have to do in our own homes and minds while in isolation, and taking abundant delight in greater representation, expression, and the myriad small things in nature and the everyday that bring us joy.Recommendations:Mengwen: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, by Adrienne Maree Brown; How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell; and the film Rouge, by Stanley Kwan. Cindy: A poem by Charles Bukowski, titled “The Laughing Heart.” Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey.

  • Coronavirus and the racism epidemic

    Coronavirus and the racism epidemic

    20/04/2020 Duração: 56min

    As racism and the COVID-19 virus spread simultaneously, Asian people around the world are finding themselves terrified to step outside — and not just because they're worried about getting sick. In this episode, NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu interviews NüVoices co-founder Sophie Lu and journalist and author Jessie Tu, who both live in Sydney. All three have experienced the harmful effects of people conflating the actions of the Chinese government with Chinese citizens, and even with the East Asian diaspora as a whole. They discuss how Asians and allies can respond to a spike in harassment and hate crimes while coping with a health crisis at the same time. Resources:Hate crime documentation for Australian AsiansHate crime documentation for American Asians   Recommended reading:Stabbing of Asian-American 2-year-old and her family was a virus-fueled hate crime: feds ‘I am not a virus.’ How this artist is illustrating coronavirus-fueled racism Exclusive: COVID19 racism banners spark

  • U.S.-China cyber competition and cooperation with Julia Voo

    U.S.-China cyber competition and cooperation with Julia Voo

    03/04/2020 Duração: 54min

    Julia Voo is the research director for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center’s new China Cyber Policy Initiative. In this episode, Julia and NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talk about China's increased efforts to influence international technical standards, updates and challenges of the Digital Silk Road, how her Track II diplomatic work with the China Institute for International Strategic Studies contributes to mitigating cyber confrontation between the U.S. and China, and her time in Beijing as the head of the local Young China Watchers chapter, supporting a more diverse group of aspiring China experts.

  • Di Wang on LGBTQ rights and representation in China

    Di Wang on LGBTQ rights and representation in China

    09/03/2020 Duração: 50min

    Di Wang is a feminist researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She joined NüVoices co-host Cindy Gao in Brooklyn to converse about the LGBTQ movement that is underway in China. In this episode, they discuss some of the social and legal challenges that gay and transgender individuals face, the rights that are afforded to members of China’s LGBTQ community, and terms used by that community to self-identify as well as how they came about.5:13: What rights are afforded to LGBTQ community members in China?11:28: Is Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage a turning point?20:02: Terms used in the LGBTQ community36:53: How does status in the workplace affect inclusion?Recommendations:Cindy: The book In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, by Michael Meyer. Di: Endlings, a play by Celine Song.

  • A wealth of anger and a wealth of time: Wuhan and the coronavirus

    A wealth of anger and a wealth of time: Wuhan and the coronavirus

    14/02/2020 Duração: 45min

    Wuhan native Rui Zhong is a program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center, in Washington, D.C. In this episode, Rui and co-host Cindy Gao work through a timeline of the spread of COVID-19, discuss tactics employed by the Chinese central government to co-opt the narrative surrounding the outbreak, identify those most affected by the virus within China, and take a look at xenophobic responses toward Chinese people around the world. 7:40: Wuhan — more than the coronavirus20:38: Xenophobia in response to the outbreak24:02: Near-term and long-term solutions for the coronavirus29:48: Rui’s own research interestsRecommendations: Cindy: Four Springs, a documentary by Lu Qingyi, and An Elephant Sitting Still, by the late filmmaker Hu Bo.Rui: The movie Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson.

  • Chinese philanthropy in the 21st century

    Chinese philanthropy in the 21st century

    28/01/2020 Duração: 47min

    Emily Weaver, a social impact and philanthropy consultant who was based in China for over a decade, joins Chenni and Cindy as their guest this week. She has worked with major philanthropic organizations, such as Jet Li’s One Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, and is a founding member of the China Philanthropy Research Institute and the China Global Philanthropy Institute. In this episode, Emily provides detail on individual and digital gift-giving in China (as opposed to major contributions from large corporations or wealthy donors), the role women play in shaping the future of non-governmental and philanthropic work in China, and how the sector has changed since China’s new law governing foreign non-governmental organizations took effect in 2016. For self-care, Emily recommends spending more time outside and taking some time to slow down. Chenni recommends yoga, baths, and meditation. Cindy recommends sending postcards and letters to friends. Recommendations:Emily: The Education of an Idea

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