Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.



Episode 410: Jiayang Fan

Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her latest article is a "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda."

"I think considering the unusual shape of our lives—the lives of my mother and I—from bare subsistence to one of the richest enclaves in America … it made me think about what the value of existence is. ... It made me wonder, What should a person be? And how should a person be? And being a writer has been a lifelong quest to answer those questions."

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Show notes


  • @JiayangFan
  • Fan on Longform
  • Fan at The New Yorker
  • 02:00 "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda" (New Yorker • Sept 2020)
  • 09:00 "Hong Kong's Protest Movement and the Fight for the City's Soul" (New Yorker • Dec 2019)
  • 40:00 "China's Selfie Obsession" (New Yorker • Dec 2017)
  • 41:00 "China's Mistress-Dispellers" (New Yorker • June 2017)
  • 43:00 "How E-Commerce is Transforming Rural China" (New Yorker • July 2018)


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 2020-09-17  1h2m