Literature professor and cineaste Jiwei Xiao, who grew up in Wuhan and whose mother still lives there, published a piece in the New York Review of Books about watching the coronavirus pandemic unfold — first at a distance in Wuhan, then up close in the U.S., where she now resides. In this episode, Jiwei joins Kaiser and Jeremy to discuss her experiences.
11:56: China’s initial response to the outbreak
16:18: Fang Fang’s comments on China’s response to COVID-19
25:09: Emerging literature on the pandemic
35:10: Occupying a space between nations and cultures
Jiwei: A work of “China noir”: The Wild Goose Lake, by Diao Yinan.
Jeremy: Keep Cool, by Zhang Yimou.
Kaiser: A long-form piece in the New York Times Magazine, I’m an E.R. doctor in New York. None of us will ever be the same, by Helen Ouyang.