Strangers in China

Strangers in China
Strangers in China features voices from the edges of an emergent new China. We talk to people with unique perspectives on Chinese society: dissident voices, queer voices, marginalized voices. Some belong to those who push boundaries creatively, while others are just fighting to be seen. All are uniquely Chinese.All too often, stories about China fail to navigate the many nuances of Chinese society, and overlook those who think or live differently. We’re here to listen closely and illuminate their stories. Subscribe to Strangers in China to hear voices from another side of the China story. Follow us on social media: Instagram: @strangersinchinaTwitter: @strangerinchina

What’s cooking in Taiwan
Jul 11 • 30 min
Have you missed Strangers in China? We have, too. Enjoy this bonus podcast, co-produced by Clay Baldo and Chris Hankin. More episodes will come in the fall. The conversations you will hear center on the experiences of students who are now attending the…
Epilogue: In the wake of the plague
Apr 20 • 52 min
In a follow-up to the previous episode of Strangers in China — Chapter 8: The Plague — Clay reconnects with previous guests for an update on how COVID-19 is impacting their lives in China. On March 10, Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 toured Wuhan. The message was clear:…
Chapter Nine: Mulan
Feb 28 • 57 min
In this final episode of season 1 of Strangers in China, we meet the remarkable Jessie: She studied her way out of abject poverty in rural Hubei while raising her younger siblings. She faced down thugs who were trying to collect debt from her deadbeat…
Chapter Eight: The Plague
Feb 7 • 69 min
This week on Strangers in China, we hear from people all over China about their experiences during the last few weeks, as a deadly pathogen has turned crowded metropolises into virtual ghost towns. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety, but also a lot of…
Chapter Seven: We all get schooled by Wenfei
Jan 24 • 66 min
Wenfei is an education consultant in Shanghai. After he attended high school and college in America, a trend that is on the rise for students from China, he is in a unique position to counsel students that are hoping to do the same. In this episode, he…
Strangers in China: Bonus episode
Jan 11 • 34 min
Hear bonus material from some of the most insightful profiles we’ve done so far on Strangers in China. Enjoy!
Chapter Six: Let’s talk dirty, cleanly
Dec 6, 2019 • 53 min
Let’s talk about sex. In China. Guest host Yoky joins Clay on this week’s episode to lay bare the truth about sex and sexuality in China: The two dive into a conversation with Ying, a sex shop owner in Shanghai, who shares her experiences with her…
Chapter Five: Far from home, part 2
Nov 22, 2019 • 56 min
Continuing from last week’s episode, Clay and guest host Maggie follow Li and Suyi’s stories, the conditions in which they were raised, and how they ended up so far removed from their rural homes. Part 2 focuses on economic and social mechanisms that are…
Chapter Five: Far from home, part 1
Nov 15, 2019 • 54 min
In part 1 of this two-part series, Clay and guest host Maggie follow Li and Suyi — two young Chinese individuals — and their stories of how they grew up and came to Shanghai. This episode explores what it’s like growing up on China’s economic periphery,…
Chapter Four: CINEMQ
Nov 1, 2019 • 58 min
CINEMQ is one of Shanghai’s premier queer events, though it’s not one you’re really supposed to know about. In this episode, the organizers of CINEMQ explain the process of putting together a queer event in a city that’s facing more intense governmental…
Chapter Three: Ashley
Oct 18, 2019 • 42 min
Ashley is a queer activist working on documenting LGBTQ life in Shanghai. She faces intense scrutiny as the censorship apparatus has taken down her videos for seemingly arbitrary reasons. After struggling through erasure by censors she has emerged tougher…
Chapter Two: The Calm Before The Storm
Oct 4, 2019 • 39 min
Storm Xu is a comedian and the owner of a local comedy club. One of the very few comics who can perform in both English and Chinese, Storm is making a name for himself on the Chinese stand-up comedy scene as he deftly navigates between languages and…
Chapter One: Rotten Girls
Sep 19, 2019 • 33 min
For Lily, a professional 32-year-old woman living in Shanghai, navigating the divide between the expectations of her family deep in rural China and her own desires for her future has never been easy.
Trailer: Strangers in China
Sep 5, 2019 • 3 min
The latest addition to the Sinica Podcast Network, “Strangers in China,” makes its debut on September 19. Join creator and host Clay Baldo in getting to know the unsung actors in the grand China story: the creative and the quirky, the misfits and the…