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.
While We Were Here: China Stories from a Writers’ Colony, Edited by Alec Ash and Tom Pellman
How to Dress to Buy Dragonfruit
Alec Ash on "Shanghai Cocktales"
Rock Paper Tiger
Up to The Mountains and Down to the Countryside, by Quincy Carol
Radio Lab Episode on CRISPER
The Search for a Vanishing Beijing, by M. A. Aldrich
Voice Map – Walking Guided Tours – Check out the tours of Beijing, by David French and Alex Ash
Dispatches from Pluto, by Richard Grant
逻辑思维 Logical Thinking – Video Series on YouTube
China’s Bold Push into Genetically Customized Animals, by Christina Larson
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.
Action for Swifts
British Trust for Ornithology
Purity: A Novel, by Jonathan Franzen
Cement and Pig Consumption Reveal China's Huge Changes