Na Zhong was born in an industrial town on the outskirts of Chengdu. She is a New-York-based cultural reporter and the Chinese translator of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Billy O'Callaghan's The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind. Her essays, short stories, and other works appear or are forthcoming in A Public Space, The Millions, Brooklyn Magazine, Words Without Borders, The Paper, Shanghai Literature, and more.
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Jeremy and Kaiser are joined by Benjamin Shobert, who visited the Sinica South studio in Durham, North Carolina, for this episode. He is a senior manager at Healthcare NExT, a healthcare initiative of Microsoft, and leads strategy with national governments. The topic of discussion is his compelling book, Blaming China: It Might Feel Good but It Won’t Fix America’s Economy. The three discuss the taxonomy of dragon slayers and panda huggers, and some realities with which the world is now grappling: the rise of China, outcomes of globalization, the watershed moment of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the impact it has had — and will continue to have — on the bilateral relationship between the United States and China.
A worker waters the flowers and plants in front of the local government building in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on the October 1 National Day. In the background, the Chinese propaganda characters can be translated as “[Xi Jinping] Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and “Striving for the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Dream.”