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Rob and Lee Moore (no relation) kick back with a beer and tackle a work of Chinese literature, every thing from the earliest Chinese poetry to contemporary novels. For those who want to learn more about Chinese society but don't want to feel like they are being educated, this is your earcandy.

Chinese Literature Podcast Rob and Lee Moore

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Rob and Lee Moore (no relation) kick back with a beer and tackle a work of Chinese literature, every thing from the earliest Chinese poetry to contemporary novels. For those who want to learn more about Chinese society but don't want to feel like they are being educated, this is your earcandy.

    Professor Van Norden’s Classical Chinese for Everyone

    Professor Van Norden’s Classical Chinese for Everyone

    Today, Rob is off doing research in China, so Lee interviews Professor Van Norden. Professor Van Norden is a philosophy professor at Vassar, and he works on early Chinese philosophical texts. He recently published a textbook for learning Classical Chinese (文言文). The book, called Classical Chinese for Everyone, is the outgrowth of Professor Van Norden’s […]

    Yu Dafu’s Sinking

    Yu Dafu’s Sinking

    Yu Dafu is an early 20th Century writer known for one work: Sinking. This novella is highly autobiographical, and it discusses the trials and tribulations of a Chinese student living in Japan. His attitude towards Japanese women and the Chinese nation is both fascinating and disturbing, and Rob and Lee dive into those attitudes. This is […]

    Ren the Filial Son

    Ren the Filial Son

    The Fourth in our series on Toxic Masculinity, this is the story of a man whose wife is sleeping around, a man who is not doing a good job of taking care of his father, a man who, at least in a pre-modern Chinese context, is not a man at all. Upon learning that his […]

    Jin Ping Mei, Plum in the Golden Vase

    Jin Ping Mei, Plum in the Golden Vase

    Today, in our third podcast in our series on toxic masculinity in Chinese literature, we examine Jin Ping Mei, the most important work of pornography in Chinese fiction. The novel is 100 chapters long, and it is dirty…the title itself refers to an event which is too dirty to discuss too much, but use your […]

    The Water Margin

    The Water Margin

    The Water Margin, or the 水浒传 (shui hu zhuan) is one of the novels from the Ming Dynasty that we can point to as the origin of much of the Kung Fu tradition. It is the story of 108 dudes (I’m being technical here). They live outside of the boundaries of the urban Chinese world, […]

    Classical Chinese Pornographic Literature

    Classical Chinese Pornographic Literature

    Today Brandon joins Rob and Lee for one of the weirdest stories that they have ever done. The “Biography of Lord As-You-Like-It” 如意君傳 is a work of Ming Dynasty pornographic literature that discusses the only Empress to ever rule China, the Tang empress Wu Zetian. In this pornographic work, the idea of feminine rulership is […]

Customer Reviews

Ætherialx ,

Rob and Lee crush it

Easily one of the best cultural podcasts out there- makes literature that many people might find difficult to approach easy and fun to learn about.

EmilyD3409 ,

Light-hearted and very interesting!

I haven’t read any Chinese literature in my life outside of small short stories and tales from childhood. Really enjoy this podcast; it always makes me laugh and shares interesting stories.

Diaskeaus ,

Informative and laid-back

A podcast for sinophiles, literature aficionados, and people with even a passing interest in intelligent discussion about stories and narrative that usually requires a $90,000 grad school education. Rob and Lee are not only funny but incredibly smart and proficient in their field, and showcase their passion for a literature that mainstream education all but ignores but desperately needs to be better educated in. If you want to hear crazy stories about suicidal lovers, galaxy-spanning poets, and political revolutionaries, then this podcast will entertain you. If you want to understand more about the hidden aspect of China that even China has forgotten, this podcast will inform you. And if you are just looking for a podcast that will make you feel smarter, this is definitely the right podcast for you.

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