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Why might Formula E go to Hainan?

Rumour has it that the Hong Kong ePrix 2019 will be followed by a race on the Chinese island of Hainan. So where is Hainan and why is…

Spend €77 on groceries and get an electric car free (kinda)

A supermarket in China recently ran a promotion whereby spending about €77 in one shopping trip could bag you an electric vehicle (EV) for a month. The advertisement…

MSc paper on Hainan gibbons

From late 2015 until August 2016 I worked on a Master’s thesis about historical Chinese documents and the world’s rarest ape, the Hainan gibbon. My project supervisor was…

Angus Graham Memorial Lectures 2010 – 2016

Back in 2002 I graduated from SOAS, University of London. My favourite classes were Classical Chinese. In the year that followed I aspired to continue with graduate studies…

Found sound piece through collaboration

In early May I found an interesting piece of audio on a MiniDisc, and set about making a piece with open feedback during the process. As the found…

A Broadcaster’s Guide to Chinese Pronunciation

Economics, politics, sport – there are more Chinese names popping up in your scripts than anytime (since, I guess, the 2008 Olympics. Sorry this guide is six years…

Changsha Market Walk-through

Yes I know. I know, I know. It’s a recording of walking through a market – I know! It’s part of the little field recording I got to…

Political Insight in China

The 所谓的中国通们 express their political smarts, while trying on daft costumes in a TV studio make-up room, somewhere in Hunan.

Maotai.

After a tour and banquet at the Maotai factory, the participants get back on the bus…

Getting chucked around a bus by Guizhou roads

The bus trip to Maotai was really very bumpy. We were being chucked around like we were, say, on the deck of the Star Ship Enterprise…

Recording Day

Today the opening ceremony is being recorded, for transmission on Sunday on Hunan Weishi and CCTV 4. We have a packed schedule, which will include lots of waiting…

Dress Rehearsals Day

is upon us. Super-usy morning, so no time to upload any audio yet I’m afraid. Let’s try again tomorrow. All 10.87 GB has at least been named. However…

Day something or other, Changsha

I missed out on some action last night. But the guys had plenty about it to say this morning, which bodes well. Visited Yuelu Shuyuan, which I knew…

Day 4 – Beijing to Changsha

An early start; airport fun; farewell text messages; arriving in Changsha. Not being able to find my suit trousers. Phoning the last hotel, being told they aren’t there;…

Day 3 in Beijing

Jazz-ya ginger ales with re-found Yogini; a surprisingly useful recording at the City Planning Office; and rumours of steak for breakfast. Yesterday morning I returned to 798 for…