Why do so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump?
She still occasionally writes restaurant and bar reviews, but her recent work has delved into China and its interactions with the world, especially the U.S. and Canada. In this episode of the Sinica Podcast, Jiayang talks with Kaiser and Jeremy about her article on Donald Trump, Trump’s appeal among young Chinese, and the similarities that some people perceive between him and Mao Zedong. She also discusses mainland Chinese attitudes toward Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, being Chinese and writing for a prestigious American magazine, the prejudices against and sensitivities of Asian-Americans, and, of course, Chinese food in New York City.
Jeremy: Usborne children’s books, especially Shakespeare tales
Jiayang: Reading Tang poetry in Chinese or playing recordings of it for small children (start here if you’re new to the form).
The Mala Project restaurant in New York.
Kaiser: A rare concert by Cui Jian at Worker’s Stadium in Beijing on September 30, 2016.