This is a live recording from the fourth and final session of 'Cosmopolitan Conversations,' a recent symposium held in Shanghai at M on the Bund and sponsored by CET Academic Programs. All four conversations are hosted by UC Irvine Professor of History Jeffrey Wasserstrom
, author of the new title China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
and the organizing force behind The China Beat
, generally considered the best academic group blog on China today.
And the topic under discussion? Nothing other than "Writing China, Blogging China." Sharing the microphone with Jeff is Evan Osnos
, who you may know as the staff writer for the New Yorker based in Beijing and occasional guest on the Sinica podcast. In this wide-ranging discussion Evan and Jeff touch on everything from the hyper-productive travails of early journalists in China, to the challenges of keeping up a blog and the oft-exaggerated death of the format. The conversation also covers a host of other hot topics in US-China relations.
This is a lengthy recording clocking in at more than an hour and a half. If you don't plan to spend that time at your computer or want to grab the recording for later use, we encourage you to download this recording as a standalone MP3 file