The NüVoices podcast is hosted by NüVoices members Chenni Xu, Cindy Gao, Joanna Chiu, Sophia Yan, Jessie Lau, and Megan Cattel 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, produced, and edited by the NüVoices board.
The End of China's Zero-Covid Policy with Dr. Jennifer Bouey
Note: As current events regarding Covid are rapidly changing, we want to acknowledge that this episode was recorded in early January 2023.
In this first episode of our 2023 season, Dr. Jennifer Bouey, an expert on global health equity and security, is here to make sense of zero-Covid's sudden end in China.
Following the 20th Party Congress last fall, the signal from the top seemed to suggest that China would continue to stay the course on zero-Covid. Few could have imagined the sudden dismantling of the policy.
Days before the Lunar New Year, China reported nearly 60,000 Covid-related hospital deaths for the first five weeks of the current outbreak. But many experts believe that number is still low. As physicians in China told Reuters, they are discouraged from citing Covid on death certificates. Relatives of those whose deaths were related to Covid say the disease did not appear as a cause of death on official documents.
The number of deaths is also a lagging figure; one infectious disease model reported in the journal Nature suggests that the current wave peaked ahead of Chinese New Year in many parts of China, which means the number of deaths could surge over the holidays and beyond.
Encore: Revolutionary feminism, wuxia, and the politics of translation, with Yilin Wang
This episode was originally released May 29, 2021
* Stay tuned for our new season starting on January 25, 2023! *
Learn more about Yilin's new upcoming book, The Lantern and the Nightmoths
Yilin Wang (she/they) is a Vancouver-based writer, editor, Chinese-English translator, educator, and cultural consultant who was longlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Her work engages with topics such as Chinese folklore, martial arts literature (wuxia), diaspora identities, gender expectations, migration, and cultural reclamation. Some of Yilin’s work translating the Chinese revolutionary feminist Qiū Jǐn’s 秋瑾 poetry was recently featured on NüVoices' website.
In 2018, Yilin spent months travelling around China for research, leading to the launch of the #LiteraryJianghu Project to promote engagement with wuxia and related Chinese literary traditions.
Yilin chats with NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu about the fascinating themes and genres of their work, and about the day-to-day realities and power politics of being a creative writing and translation professional in North America. For further reading from Yilin on racism in Canadian literature, see her Carte Blanche essay here.
Yilin: The wuxia series Legend of Condor Heroes, translated by Anna Holmwood and Gigi Chang and Grace Lau's debut poetry collection The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak.
Joanna: China: The Novel, by Edward Rutterfurd for an immersive narrative approach to learning about 19th century Chinese history, and Yilin's website!
Our 2022 Year-End Recap: A Discussion with the NüVoices Podcast Team
As 2022 draws to a close, so must this season of the NüVoices podcast. But fear not! Before we sign off for a winter hiatus, we wanted to bring together our team to reflect on the past year. Joanna Chiu, Rui Zhong, Solarina Ho, Megan Cattel, and Saga Ringmar come together to discuss our podcast's highlights, our favorite episodes, and what we hope to achieve next year. We also delve into the anti-COVID lockdown protests that swept China late last month in response to the apartment fire in Urumqi that claimed the lives of ten people.
Lastly, co-host Sophia Yan gives a recap of 2022's major events: from the Beijing Olympics, China's aggression toward Taiwan, and the National Party Congress which solidified Xi Jinping's third term. Sophia also gives a glimpse into her latest project, How to Become a Dictator, a podcast series for The Telegraph. Please do check it out wherever you get your podcasts!
Thanks for listening and supporting us this year. See you in 2023!
A Conversation with Angela Hui, author of Takeaway
This week, journalist Angela Hui joins the NüVoices podcast with board member (and occasional pod host) Lijia Zhang! Angela discusses the major inspirations behind her memoir, Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter. She writes that growing up in a Chinese takeaway — helmed by her parents — in the Welsh countryside was anything but peaceful. Angela was responsible for translating the menu, dealing with outrageous customers, and preparing orders for the usual weekend rush. Violent, racially motivated attacks were also not unusual, with some incidents ending in a physical confrontation (or her father wielding a meat cleaver). Angela also writes about her family history, trips to see relatives in Hong Kong, personal identity, and xenophobia in Takeaway. Listen for all this and more in our episode with Angela Hui and Lijia Zhang.
Becoming a Stand-up Comedian with He Huang
"Hello everyone, my name is He. It's spelled as H-E. Yes, it is my name, not my pronoun." Last month, Sydney-based comedian He Huang went viral with her 4-minute Australia's Got Talent audition. She joked about xenophobia, racism, and the pressure from family to settle down and get married. While these aren't unusual topics in the stand-up world, He's dead pan delivery and charisma won over viewers from just about every social media platform around the globe.
We had the chance to talk to He about her career as a stand-up comic, her former life as a grad student in America studying public policy, and navigating sexism in the industry. He also discussed how she pokes at racial stereotypes with her work, clapping back at critics, performing in Western countries, and what her parents think about her stand-up. This episode was hosted by Megan Cattel.
(Note: the show Megan referred to at 21:30 is called Super Sketch Show 一年一度喜剧大赛.)
A Conversation with Sue-Lin Wong on 'The Prince' podcast & China's 20th Party Congress
This week, Sue-Lin Wong of The Economist discusses her new podcast 'The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping'. This eight-part series details the life of Xi Jinping — from his tumultuous youth during the Cultural Revolution, his early political career in Fuzhou, to his ascent as the leader of China. Sue-Lin talks about the challenges of creating a podcast about China from abroad, and finding sources to talk about sensitive topics such as internet censorship, surveillance, and more.
Sue-Lin and Joanna also recap the highlights from China's 20th Party Congress — including Hu Jintao's unusual exit from the meeting — and the political challenges Xi Jinping faces at the start of his third term.
New, authentic voice in US-China relations
US-China relations, identity, and culture through the lens of millennial Chinese and Chinese Americans who are deeply connected to both countries. I lived in China for a year and saw firsthand such a vibrant country you don’t see in the mainstream news. As an Asian American millennial myself, I am deeply connected to both the US and my “motherland”. This podcast brings that deep, honest, and complex perspective the world really needs ❤️
Very interesting new podcast
I’m sure you ladies will face unending torrents of misogynistic abuse, and I’m sorry for that. Yet please do keep up the good work!