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.
Directing ‘Finding Yingying,’ with Jenny Shi
Jiāyán "Jenny" Shī (施佳妍) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and video journalist based in Chicago. Her first feature-length documentary, Finding Yingying, was the winner of the 2020 SXSW Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice, among numerous other awards during a virtual distribution season. The film was produced by Kartemquin Films and distributed by MTV Documentary Films. In addition, Jenny was named one of Indiewire's "20 Rising Women Directors You Need to Know in 2020" and also named to DOC NYC’s 2020 “40 Under 40” list.
Jenny and NüVoices board member Chenni Xu discuss her creative process, what it takes to be a documentary filmmaker, the emotional toll the film took (as well as mental health recommendations for filmmakers), and the story of Yingying and its impact.
Finding Yingying is available to stream in virtual cinemas around the world.
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Walking through the development mandalas in the eastern Tibetan Plateau, with Pamela Logan
Dr. Pamela Logan's latest book, Compassion Mandala: The Odyssey of an American Charity in Contemporary Tibet, chronicles her experience founding and running Kham Aid Foundation in the eastern Tibetan Plateau from 1997 to 2011. After the foundation shut down, she returned to the U.S. and now works as an aeronautical engineer. In this conversation, Pamela and Cindy talk about the elements of the development mandalas (Pamela’s development ideology) — education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and heritage preservation and conservation. They also discuss the importance and scarcity of education in Tibet, the plight and resilience of girls and women located there, and what it takes to sustain philanthropic efforts in the long run.
U.S.-Taiwan relations: From Trump to Biden
On January 9, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would eliminate self-imposed restrictions on exchanges between American and Taiwanese officials. Reactions have been mixed, with some saying a change in policy on Taiwan was overdue, while others warning that the timing of the announcement in the last days of the Trump administration means Taiwan will bear the brunt of Beijing's fury. Experts Margaret Lewis and Jessica Drun — both currently in Taipei — join NüVoices podcast host Joanna Chiu to explore this historic moment.
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Women in fintech, with Rita Liu
Rita Liu is a seasoned fintech executive who started her career at American Express, then spent nearly a decade at Alipay building its international business. During her time there, she formed partnerships across Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada. She joined Mode Bank as chief commercial officer in London in March 2020.
In this conversation, Rita and NüVoices board member Chenni Xu talk about the “war stories” of the beginnings of Chinese fintech, the future of fintech, and money and gender representation in the industry.
Disclaimer: Views represented are the personal views of the host and interviewee.
Rita: The Currency Cold War: Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony, by David Birch, and The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, by Saifedean Ammous.
Chenni: The works of Shirley Hazzard.
Hong Kong’s retail collapse and the mainland ecommerce boom, with Tiffany Ap
Tiffany Ap is currently the China bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily. In this episode for the NüVoices podcast, Tiffany and Cindy discuss the revival of the fashion and retail industries as China emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns, the meteoric rises of China’s ecommerce livestreaming and platforms, Hong Kong's retail domination collapse, and a sexual harassment incident hashtag that went very viral.
Tiffany: Matthew McConaughey's autobiography, Greenlights; the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, Emily in Paris, and My Octopus Teacher; and The Biggest Bluff, by Maria Konnikova.
Cindy: Three documentaries: Sing Me a Lullaby, Then Comes The Evening, and Flower Punk.
An uncertain future with guaranteed friction: U.S.-China economic coercion, with Ashley Feng
Tensions between the U.S. and China have ratcheted upward in the last four years of the Trump administration. Groundbreaking research from independent Washington, D.C.–based researcher Ashley Feng have shown that acts of "economic coercion" go both ways. Policymakers on both sides of the Pacific have increasingly used measures such as tariffs and investment restrictions against one another. After Joe Biden's election win, a decrease in tensions isn't certain. In this episode, NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu chats with Ashley about what all this means for ordinary people like students, scientists, and immigrants.
Ashley is a former research associate for the Energy, Economics, and Security program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research interests include U.S.-China trade relations, China’s economic policies, and China’s global economic footprint. She has previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Defense University, the Congressional Research Service, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the China Affairs office in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
A report co-authored by Ashley for the Center for a New American Security, A new arsenal for competition; China’s use of coercive economic measures, by Peter Harrell, Elizabeth Rosenberg, and Edoardo Saravalle; Economic statecraft and the revenge of the state, by Darren J. Lim; and Chinese perspectives on economic diplomacy, by Audrye Wong.
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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!