We hurriedly cleaned up the studio and tried to set a bit more of a romantic tone this week, a feat accomplished mostly by positioning small candles and trays of potpourri by the microphones. And why else than because our subject today is sex and marriage, and perhaps more of the former than the latter. So join us for a show about who wants it, who gets it, and exactly how far some researchers will go when doing work on the Chinese sex industry.

Joining Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn on Sinica this week are Tricia Wang and Christina Larson. Tricia is an up-and-coming ethnographer whose focus is on the lives of China's down-and-out population. Christina is a long-time guest returning to Sinica this week to talk about dating and sex in China, and who we try to convince to give us an advance peek at a forthcoming piece of hers in Foreign Policy.

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 said on
April 28, 2012

A title like this - David, are you stress-testing your servers?
 said on
April 29, 2012
I'm telling all my male students Monday that if they don't study hard there's a 25% higher chance they won't find a wife. Great episode.
 said on
May 1, 2012
Could you put up the recommendations, especially links to the URLs nobody could remember?
 said on
May 1, 2012
Ask and ye shall receive! (Along with apologies for our tardiness.):


Tricia Wang's blogs: blog.triciawang.com and bytesofchina.com

Liumang Yan's QQ blog: http://user.qzone.qq.com/452598814/blog/1326349739#!app=2&pos=1326349739

Daguu, a mobile internet job search site for migrant workers: http://daguu.com/


Christina Larson:

Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World by Thomas Campanella


Tricia Wang:

McKinsey Report on Social Media in China


Kaiser Kuo:

Absolution by Patrick Flanery


The New Yorker review by Philip Gourevitch that inspired the recommendation (subscription required)


Jeremy Goldkorn:

Bababa group blog (八八吧)


University of Leiden's 'Weibo Corpus'


 said on
May 5, 2012
Excellent post.
Mark Lesson Studied