Janet Yang on cinema, China, and being an Asian-American woman in a Harvey Weinstein world


This week on Sinica, we bring you the recording of when Jeremy and Kaiser chatted with film industry legend Janet Yang live at our SupChina Women’s Conference on May 14 in New York City. Janet talks about trends in Chinese film, how she survived as an Asian-American woman in the notoriously sexist Hollywood film industry, the deep cultural differences and surprising similarities between China and the U.S., and some of her current projects.


Janet: The Girl at the Baggage Claim, by Gish Jen, who discusses the differences between Eastern and Western culture; When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron, a book on failure and resilience; and The Leavers, by Lisa Ko, which explores the lives of a mother and son after the son is adopted.

Jeremy: Pleco, an English-Chinese dictionary app with special features, which is fantastic for language learners.

Kaiser: The Overstory, a novel comprising many different short storylines rooted in trees.