25 episodes

The NüVoices podcast is hosted by NüVoices members Chenni Xu, Cindy Gao and Joanna Chiu who explore the work of women in media, academia and the arts in Greater China, the impact of abuses of power, international and domestic politics, and their own personal stories. This podcast is wholly coordinated by the NüVoices board, with production by SupChina.

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The NüVoices podcast is hosted by NüVoices members Chenni Xu, Cindy Gao and Joanna Chiu who explore the work of women in media, academia and the arts in Greater China, the impact of abuses of power, international and domestic politics, and their own personal stories. This podcast is wholly coordinated by the NüVoices board, with production by SupChina.

    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

    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 coronavirus

    20:38: Xenophobia in response to the outbreak

    24:02: Near-term and long-term solutions for the coronavirus

    29:48: Rui’s own research interests

    Recommendations: 

    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.

    • 45 min
    Chinese philanthropy in the 21st century

    Chinese philanthropy in the 21st century

    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 Idealist: A Memoir, by Samantha Power. 

    Chenni: The movie Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig.

    Cindy: Episode 690 of the podcast This American Life: “How Do I Say This?”.

    • 47 min
    Reimagining Hong Kong's political communities

    Reimagining Hong Kong's political communities

    Jessie Lau is a writer, editor, and researcher from Hong Kong who explores identity, human rights, and politics. Her writing has been published by The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, and Quartz, among others. In this episode, Lau speaks with Hong Kong-Canadian journalist and NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu about the generational divides and diverging opinions on the Hong Kong protests that have torn apart families. The episode also explores how the protests have made people reconsider what it means to be a Hongkonger and a member of the Hong Kong diaspora. 

    Lau is also the manager of the NüVoices London chapter and the editor-in-chief of the digital magazine NüStories, which aims to amplify minority voices. Previously, she was a Hong Kong and China reporter with the South China Morning Post. She divides her time between London and Hong Kong.




    Recommendations

    For self-care, Lau recommends reaching out to support networks regardless of their political expertise, and to learn more about the ongoing situation in Hong Kong, she recommends Lausan. Joanna recommends the Hong Kong Free Press and this list of journalists who cover the protests in Hong Kong, which was put together by Laurel Chor. 




    26:06: Transnational solidarity

    31:04: Mainlanders and Hongkongers

    36:17: What’s to come in 2020?

    • 51 min
    Visual storytelling with Muyi Xiao

    Visual storytelling with Muyi Xiao

    Muyi Xiao, the visuals editor at ChinaFile, is in the guest seat in this week’s episode of the NüVoices Podcast, hosted by Chenni Xu. In this episode, she talks about her previous work as a multimedia reporter at Tencent, the changing nature of the field of photojournalism, her fellowship at the Magnum Foundation, and her role at Chinese Storytellers, a collective that amplifies the voices of Chinese nonfiction content creators.

    For self-care, Muyi recommends therapy (she has Skype sessions with her therapist in Beijing), and Chenni recommends daily meditation and the app Insight Timer. 




    6:27: Reporting from rural Yunnan

    13:28: Muyi’s creative process 

    16:41: How gender informs Muyi’s work

    32:11: Recommendations and self-care




    Recommended reading:

    Triple-chaser, by Forensic Architecture; Parasite, a film by Bong Joon-ho; and Married young, by Muyi Xiao.

    • 38 min
    Sino-Black relations with Keisha Brown

    Sino-Black relations with Keisha Brown

    Keisha Brown is an assistant professor of history at Tennessee State University and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. In this episode, she explains the history of Sino-Black relations, tells the story of influential African-American individuals like W. E. B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes and their ties to China, and the changing perceptions of race and identity in China.

    For self-care, Keisha recommends being kind to yourself, and not allowing toxic thoughts of others to affect your own mentality. Cindy recommends therapeutic writing for yourself and outside the pressures of deadlines. 




    11:03: African Americans drawn to China

    15:28: The performativity of race

    23:42: The civil rights movement and the Chinese Communist Party

    35:22: Perceptions of Africans and African Americans in China




    Recommended reading:

    An interview with Hu Xiangqian; Samuel Fosso: Emperor of Africa; Bridging the gap: Blackness and Sino-African relations; Murals of North Nashville Now; The North Nashville Heritage Project; and Navigating the Pacific: 20th century Afro-Asian relations.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Contemporary Chinese art and techno-orientalism with Xin Wang

    Contemporary Chinese art and techno-orientalism with Xin Wang

    Xin Wang is a John Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and a Ph.D. student studying contemporary art at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. Chenni Xu and Cindy Gao joined her for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of contemporary Chinese art: who are the major players, what defines it, and where to find it. She also discusses her own career and experiences as an art student and professional. 

    For self-care, Chenni recommends yoga, and an awareness of the changing of the seasons as fall begins. Cindy recommends not shying away from traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy (writing, for example) and being open to talking about your feelings. Xin recommends taking ballet classes.

    8:29: The state of contemporary Chinese art

    25:18: Asian futurism 

    41:17: Techno-orientalism

    46:15: Artistic commentary on China’s growing worldwide influence




    Find Xin on Twitter and Tumblr, and take a look at her article on Asian futurism. 




    Recommendations: 

    Cindy: This Is Football, available on Amazon Prime Video. Also: An interview with Hu Xiangqian and Samuel Fosso: Emperor of Africa.

    Xin: Les Bleus: Une Autre Histoire de France, a Netflix documentary on the history of the French national soccer team.

    Chenni: The documentary Diego Maradona, available on HBO.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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