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This is Sunday Letters (formally The Larb), the weekly audio newsletter on life, work, & the pursuit of happiness. Content follows the written newsletter going out to subscribers every Sunday, and topics include psychology, philosophy, society and culture. Using these as a foundation, I explore the meaning and purpose of daily work; why we do it and what would we do without it. I examine the nature of the self; who am I? Who are you? How did we get here and where are we going? In Sunday Lett ...
 
The Los Angeles Review of Books is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and disseminating rigorous, incisive, and engaging writing on every aspect of literature, culture, and the arts. The Los Angeles Review of Books magazine was created in part as a response to the disappearance of the traditional newspaper book review supplement, and, with it, the art of lively, intelligent long-form writing on recent publications in every genre, ranging from fiction to politics. The Los Angeles ...
 
China Stories from the Sinica Network on SupChina brings you audio narration of the best articles and op-eds appearing in Sixth Tone, Caixin Global, The Wire China, Week in China, The World of Chinese, Protocol China, and of course SupChina. Subscribe to the podcast and you can listen to features on the go, with narrators who won’t butcher the pronunciation of Chinese names and words.
 
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By the end of this year, China will have seen 40 years of economic reform and interaction with the outside world – 40 years in which China has undergone earthshaking changes. Read the article by Yu Hua and Allen Barr: https://chinachannel.org/2018/12/14/changing-china/ Narrated by Cliff Larsen. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.…
 
On this week's show we feature two NYC-based authors, who have just published magisterial studies about a past literary master. First, Medaya Ocher talks with Kate Zembreno about To Write as if Already Dead, a study of the writing and photography of Herve Guibert (1955-1991); and, in particular, his work To The Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, whic…
 
On May 24, Zhang Hong arrived at the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first blind Chinese mountaineer to make the 8,849-meter climb. Read the article by Caroline Agsten and Jiahui Yue: https://supchina.com/2021/06/11/zhang-hong-lost-his-vision-at-age-21-then-he-climbed-mt-everest/ Narrated by Sarah Kutulakos. Privacy Policy and California Priv…
 
China’s bargain alternative to Google-backed genomics startup 23andMe — Genebox — says it has developed a type of testing apparatus key to consumer-grade DNA kits that could break a global duopoly. Read the article by Ma Danmeng and Flynn Murphy: https://www.caixinglobal.com/2021-06-01/in-depth-genebox-hypes-a-fresh-breakthrough-in-home-dna-testing…
 
Jin Haiyan probably wasn’t trying to break any records at her job over the roughly four months starting in late September last year, but she somehow still managed to compose twice as many environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports as the next most productive EIA engineer in China. Read the article by Huang Yanhao and Wang Xintong: https://www.ca…
 
The U.S. and China may be on a break right now, but the American sitcom still holds a special place in the hearts of millions of young Chinese. Read the article by Wang Xintian: https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007578/Still%20There%20for%20You:%20China%E2%80%99s%20Enduring%20Obsession%20With%20%E2%80%98Friends%E2%80%99 Narrated by Caroline Agsten. P…
 
On this week's show we're joined by two authors, Kate Zambreno and Susan Bernofsky, who have both written a magisterial work about a past literary master.First, Medaya Ocher and Kate Wolf talk with Kate Zambreno about To Write as if Already Dead, a study of the writing and photography of Herve Guibert (1955-1991); and, in particular, his work To Th…
 
Despite his unorthodox beliefs, Hong Xiuquan’s power was undeniable. The Taiping at its peak controlled almost a third of China’s heartland, and seemed poised to topple the Qing dynasty. Read the article by James Carter: https://supchina.com/2020/06/11/the-time-jesuss-younger-brother-led-a-revolution-in-china/ Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Policy…
 
Zhang Tiesheng, the “blank exam hero,” is either a shameless opportunist or virtuous pawn. Read the article by Alex Colville: https://supchina.com/2021/06/07/the-anti-intellectual-who-tested-into-college-as-a-blank-exam-hero/ Narrated by Cliff Larsen. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
 
The rapid rise of the $15 billion Chinese fast-fashion firm challenging industry titans like Zara and H&M has prompted questions about who controls the company and the sustainability of its business model. Read the article by Matthew Walsh and Flynn Murphy: https://www.caixinglobal.com/2021-06-03/in-depth-the-15-billion-chinese-fast-fashion-app-you…
 
The rise of audio is helping young Chinese storytellers explore contentious social issues, but some worry the medium's growing mainstream appeal will spoil the fun. Read the article by Wang Xuandi: http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007626/with-podcasts%2C-a-generation-of-young-chinese-find-their-voice Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Policy and Califor…
 
Originating in South Korea to meet the demands of women with muscular calves, calf reduction as a treatment is meant to create slimmer legs that are perceived to look more elegant with dresses, skirts, shorts and boots. Read the article: https://www.weekinchina.com/2021/06/cut-to-the-bone/ Narrated by Cliff Larsen. Privacy Policy and California Pri…
 
Author Joan Silber, whose previous work Improvement won both the National Book Critic’s Circle Aware and the Pen Faulkner Award, joins Kate and Eric to discuss her new novel Secrets of Happiness, a multi-vocal story that radiates out from a single family dealing with a father's intimate betrayal. He has a secret family that he told nobody about. As…
 
Author Joan Silber, whose previous work Improvement won both the National Book Critic’s Circle Aware and the Pen Faulkner Award, joins Eric and Kate to discuss her new novel Secrets of Happiness, a multi-vocal story that radiates out from a single family dealing with a father's intimate betrayal. He has a secret family that he told nobody about. As…
 
Karen Vera, 20, used to buy her clothes from well-known fast fashion chains like Zara and H&M, or online retailers like Asos. Read the article by Flynn Murphy and Matthew Walsh: https://www.caixinglobal.com/2021-06-03/cx-daily-the-15-billion-chinese-fast-fashion-app-youve-never-heard-of-part-1-101722104.html Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Policy a…
 
The lack of safety standards in China’s cross-country running world is under scrutiny in the aftermath of a deadly May 22 race in the country’s northwestern Gansu province, with at least 13 planned trail and road events now delayed and four cancelled outright as of Tuesday. Read the article by Guan Cong and Timmy Shen: https://www.caixinglobal.com/…
 
While June 1989 was a watershed in China’s history, June 1644 cast an even longer shadow, leading to the foundation of one of China’s longest, most influential — and final — imperial dynasties: the Qing. Read the article by James Carter: https://supchina.com/2021/06/02/li-zicheng-sets-fire-to-the-forbidden-city/ Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Poli…
 
Professor Carol Anderson, whose previous work White Rage won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, joins Kate and Eric to discuss her latest book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. The Second takes a long historical look at the emergence and development of the second amendment—"A well regulated Militia, being necessary …
 
Professor Carol Anderson, whose previous work White Rage won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, joins Eric and Kate to discuss her latest book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. The Second takes a long historical look at the emergence and development of the second amendment—"A well regulated Militia, being necessary …
 
Li Ning helped usher Chinese sports onto the world stage with his performance at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. But what he's done in his second career — steering a sportswear empire — has arguably been as impactful. Read the article by Alex Colville: https://supchina.com/2021/04/27/li-ning-chinas-prince-of-gymnastics-turned-sportswear-ti…
 
The “Why try hard when you can just skate by?” mentality embraced by some young people has not been enthusiastically received in official circles. Read the article by Zhang Wanqing and Liu Mengqiu: http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007589/tired-of-running-in-place%2C-young-chinese-lie-down Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Policy and California Privacy …
 
One of the more striking phenomena in China over the past year or two has been the proliferation of technical “jargon,” whether on the internet or in specialized fields, triggering widespread discussion. Read the article by Wei Zhou: https://www.caixinglobal.com/2021-05-15/weekend-long-read-tracking-the-proliferation-of-jargon-in-chinese-society-10…
 
The line that separated Nationalist China from the People’s Republic was not a bright one. In 1949, when the Communists took over, many fled Shanghai — but many more remained. Read the article by James Carter: https://supchina.com/2021/05/26/when-chinas-nationalist-government-lost-shanghai/ Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. Privacy Policy and California Priv…
 
Chinese cryptocurrency businesses mine two-thirds of all Bitcoin. But for how long will they remain welcome in the country? Read the article by Li You: https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007483/as-china-pursues-a-green-future%2C-bitcoin-miners-feel-the-squeeze# Narrated by Anthony Tao. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.…
 
Trapped inside her apartment during the Covid-19 pandemic and forced for weeks to listen to the constant whine of an electric drill from downstairs, the 64-year-old retiree woke up to the noise one Saturday morning and decided it was time to confront her neighbor. Read the article by Sun Jiahui: https://www.theworldofchinese.com/2020/08/sounds-of-t…
 
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman joins Eric to talk about his latest documentary, THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN, which centers on reggeton superstar J Balvin (the voice and creative force behind such massive hits as MI GENTE, I LIKE IT,, AGUA, and countless other songs). Heineman's camera turns its gaze on Balvin as the pop star returns to his home city of Medel…
 
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman joins Eric to talk about his latest documentary, THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN, which centers on reggeton superstar J Balvin (the voice and creative force behind such massive hits as MI GENTE, I LIKE IT,, AGUA, and countless other songs). Heineman's camera turns its gaze on Balvin as the pop star returns to his home city of Medel…
 
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