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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

When Ernest Hemingway somewhat presciently referred to Paris as a "moveable feast" ("wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you"), he captured the feelings of many long-term China expats rather concisely. So why exactly does everyone like to compare life here to Paris in the 1920s? And if life is so romantic here, where are the writers in our midst and what are they producing?

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host the editors of While We're Here: China Stories from a Writers' Colony, a compilation of short stories, poems and more, lovingly assembled by Alec Ash and Tom Pellman of The Anthill. Join us to listen to some selections as well as unapologetic gossip about the writers in question. If you want to pick up the book, you can find it for your Kindle here on Amazon or drop by The Bookworm in Beijing for a physical copy.

Recommendations:

The Anthill

http://theanthill.org/

While We Were Here: China Stories from a Writers’ Colony, Edited by Alec Ash and Tom Pellman

http://www.amazon.com/While-Were-Here-Stories-Writers-ebook/dp/B019136EXI/

Unsavory Elements

http://www.amazon.com/Unsavory-Elements-Stories-Foreigners-Loose/dp/9881616409

How to Dress to Buy Dragonfruit

http://www.amazon.com/How-Does-One-Dress-Dragonfruit-ebook/dp/B00K21ZXF4

Alec Ash on "Shanghai Cocktales"

http://beijingcream.com/2015/05/shanghai-cocktales-and-the-curse-of-the-expat-memoir/

Incarnations

http://www.amazon.com/The-Incarnations-Novel-Susan-Barker/dp/1501106783

Rock Paper Tiger

http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Tiger-Ellie-McEnroe-Novel/dp/161695258X/

Up to The Mountains and Down to the Countryside, by Quincy Carol

http://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Down-Countryside-Quincy-Carroll/dp/1941758452

Radio Lab Episode on CRISPER

http://www.radiolab.org/story/antibodies-part-1-crispr/

Alec Ash

The Search for a Vanishing Beijing, by M. A. Aldrich

http://www.amazon.com/The-Search-Vanishing-Beijing-Capital/dp/9622099394

Voice Map – Walking Guided Tours – Check out the tours of Beijing, by David French and Alex Ash

https://voicemap.me/

Tom Pellman

Dispatches from Pluto, by Richard Grant

http://www.amazon.com/Dispatches-Pluto-Found-Mississippi-Delta-ebook/dp/B00UDCNM82

David Moser

逻辑思维 Logical Thinking – Video Series on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/logictalkshow

Kaiser Kuo

China’s Bold Push into Genetically Customized Animals, by Christina Larson

http://www.nature.com/news/china-s-bold-push-into-genetically-customized-animals-1.18826

Dec 20, 2015

Amazing research now suggests that Beijing's swifts, the tiny creatures most residents pass by without noticing, are some of the most well-travelled birds on the planet, averaging an astonishing 124,000 miles of flight in their life, barely landing for years on end, and migrating as far as the southern tip of Africa. This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn spoke with Terry Townshend, founder of the environmental education and travel organization EcoAction China and creator of the "Birding Beijing" website, for an inside look at how the scientific community discovered these amazing facts. We also discuss how the changing urban landscape of Beijing is affecting the natural environment for these amazing creatures.

Recommendations:
 
Birding Beijing

http://birdingbeijing.com/

Action for Swifts

http://actionforswifts.blogspot.com

British Trust for Ornithology

http://www.bto.org

Purity: A Novel, by Jonathan Franzen

http://www.amazon.com/Purity-A-Novel-Jonathan-Franzen/dp/0374239215

Cement and Pig Consumption Reveal China's Huge Changes

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33802777

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