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Episode 19: Heather White

This week on Ta for Ta, Juliana speaks with Heather White, the director of the documentary film Complicit and the founder and former executive director of Verité, a nonprofit that advocates for labor rights and partners with entities in both the public and private sector. The conversation follows Heather’s career and interactions with China — tangentially at first, as an undergraduate at Harvard, before she moved there to work after the United States established trade relations with the...


Episode 18: Leta Hong Fincher

Leta is a best-selling author, journalist, and scholar. Fluent in Mandarin, she is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology. Leta has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Ms. magazine, the BBC, CNN, and many others. She received the Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism in 2002 for her China reporting. She is also the author of two best-selling, critically acclaimed books: Betraying Big Brother: The...


Episode 17: Mei Zhang

Mei Zhang, a native of Yunnan Province, is the founder and CEO of WildChina, an award-winning luxury sustainable travel company based in Beijing. Mei holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company until she found her true passion during an arduous pilgrimage on a Tibetan mountain: sustainable travel. Mei subsequently founded WildChina in 2000. A few years later, in 2009, WildChina was recognized as one of the world’s best adventure travel...


Episode #16: Rebecca Liao

Rebecca Liao is the executive vice president of Skuchain, a blockchain platform that provides an end-to-end solution for the supply chain. She is also a writer and China analyst. Rebecca was a member of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The National Interest, Bloomberg View, n+1, the Georgetown Journal...


Episode #15: Sarah Keenlyside

Sarah Keenlyside began her career as an investigative journalist at the Sunday Times newspaper in London before moving to China in 2005 to set up Time Out's first English-language publication. After seeing a number of visitors struggle to navigate Beijing during the 2008 Olympics, she was inspired to launch the Bespoke Travel Company, which quickly grew from a one-woman outfit to the tour service of choice for high-profile clients, including Matt Damon, Metallica, Apple, and Warner Bros....


Episode 14: Samantha Kwok

Samantha Kwok's passion is to help young graduates and professionals make genuine connections with potential employers, and empower them to take control of their own career development. She is the founder of JingJobs, an online and offline platform dedicated to connecting China-focused startups and fresh bilingual talent. Over the last four years, JingJobs has serviced over 800 companies and has provided countless job opportunities to young professionals based in Beijing and Shanghai. As the...


Episode 13: Libby Lam

This week, Juliana visited Libby Lam, a mother and children's book author and illustrator, at her alma mater, the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong. She took the time to discuss her dramatic career switch and share more about her professional philosophy. We learn how her time in the corporate world at PepsiCo and the Walt Disney Company influenced her, why she decided to write in English instead of Chinese, and why she made the decision to go back to school. Ta for Ta is a...


Episode 12: Jamie Barys

Jamie Barys is the Chief Eating Officer of UnTour Food Tours, China's top-ranked food tour operator. A native of Tennessee, Jamie believes that the best way to get to know a culture is to eat your way through it. Whether she’s exploring China's hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurants or sneaking back into kitchens to snag behind-the-scenes recipes, she’s always hungry for more. Never one to keep a good thing to herself, Jamie co-founded UnTour Food Tours in 2010 to help visitors discover China's...


Episode 11: Tiffany Ap

In this week's episode of Ta for Ta, Juliana sits down with Tiffany Ap, the China bureau chief for Women's Wear Daily. In her reporting, Tiffany covers how the worlds of fashion, beauty, and business interact. On Ta for Ta today, we explore retail and fashion in China, and answer questions such as: Why are Chinese consumers flying to Turkey to buy handbags? Why doesn't China have a big luxury house yet? Why is the daigou (代购 dàigòu) shopping phenomenon still relevant? We also get her expert...


Episode 10: Joan Kaufman

Joan Kaufman is the New York-based Senior Director for Academic Programs at Schwarzman Scholars, a newly launched elite international master’s program training leaders in global affairs at Tsinghua University in China. She is also a Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As an expert on both China and global health policy, she was Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016 and Associate Professor of Health Policy...


Episode 9: Chenni Xu

In Ta for Ta’s debut episode on the Sinica Podcast Network, we featured Chenni Xu, a corporate communications executive and gender advocate. She moved back to New York after spending nearly a decade abroad in Beijing. Tune in to hear about the #MeToo movement in China and the proponents at the fore, Chenni’s views on gender inequality and professional representation for women, as well as her own experiences as a woman and an Asian American in China. Ta for Ta is a new biweekly podcast,...


Episode 8: Anla Cheng

Our episode today features Anla Cheng, Founder and CEO of SupChina - the premier digital news platform about China which aims to inform and educate an English speaking audience. What struck me about Anla is that she has such an incredible poise and presence, certainly acquired from much wisdom in both finance and journalism. We really dig into the importance of portraying China genuinely through the media, what it means to break through the "bamboo ceiling", and how resilience and courage...


Episode 7: Alice Mong

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alice Mong, Executive Director at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, amid their outdoor sculpture garden on a Friday afternoon. We talk about “being inspired” by Asia Society and how Hong Kong has spirit, but not yet soul. Bubbling with energy, she peppered our conversation with the most fascinating museums, documentaries, lectures, and art that are capturing her attention right now. We also get into the details of China’s current museum development and...


Episode 6: Bianca Ho

We sat down with COO and Co-founder of Clare.AI, Bianca Ho, in her Hong Kong office recently. As we began chatting, she revealed more about her company's hypothesis on the world - "letting everyone speak in their local language". Also covered - crouching tigers and hidden dragons, and how everyone on Bianca's team is doing something impossible...


Episode 5: Miranda Wang

After a much anticipated return we had the chance to chat with Miranda Wang - biologist, environmental advocate, and entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of Biocellection, she aims to turn plastic waste into a concept of the past through innovation. We discuss why culture is a product of design, why she is so rebellious, and even get into some technical aspects of plastic recycling. Questions? Suggestions? Want to be interviewed? Contact ta.for.ta.china@gmail.com


Episode 4: Carol Li Rafferty

In today's episode we feature Carol Li Rafferty from the Yale Center Beijing. During our candid conversation we learn more about her "Lean In" circle and personal network as well as her professional endeavors. Stay tuned to lean in with Carol.


Episode 3: BONUS - Behind The Idea

Today Sara and Juliana discuss the why behind Ta for Ta podcast. Feedback? Email ta.for.ta.china@gmail.com


Episode 2: Tian Wei

Our episode features Tian Wei, anchor of World Insight with Tian Wei. World Insight is CCTV's prime talk show and a platform for debate on world news. We will talk about how Tian Wei earned the nickname 'lady in the back' and how her grandmother's cooking brought their community together. We will also discuss the role of political dialogue in the U.S. and China and her involvement with a development project on a matrilineal community in Yunnan, Western China. We were so impressed with her...


Episode 1: Yinuo Li

This episode features Yinuo Li, current China director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, previous McKinsey partner, and one of the pioneers building bridges between China and the U.S. In this episode we discuss why Western media gets it wrong, why her grandmother bravely pulled a Mulan to gain education, and even why our professor has brainwashed us. We are excited to share the first episode of Ta for Ta!


Coming soon: Ta for Ta

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