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Ta for Ta: Women, Success, China
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Documentary filmmaking with Bianca Chen
Bianca Chen is the executive director and producer of Hello, Future! and founder of OX3 TV Productions. Her company’s mission is to enlighten global audiences on how technology will impact the world and humanity through documentaries. Bianca was a journalist and presenter for Reuters TV in the Asian market. Juliana and Bianca talk about the making of her documentary and what she learned throughout the process.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
Growth-stage investing and business development, with Amy Wu
This week, Juliana is joined by Amy Wu, an investment partner on Lightspeed Venture Group’s growth team. She was previously the group chief financial officer and senior vice president for Discovery Inc.’s global digital and sports businesses. Outside of work, she advises and angel-invests in startups in the New York tech community. In this episode, Amy will help you understand what's hot in gaming, direct-to-consumer business, infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, and why she is still bullish on China investments. She also offers some key tactical advice on how she navigates male-dominated spaces.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
How to excel at WeChat marketing, with Olivia Plotnick
Olivia Plotnick, a WeChat and China marketing specialist, has grown her career alongside the emergence of WeChat and has deep insights into the marketing and ecommerce space through the platform. In this episode, she joins Juliana to discuss organic social media growth, how to sustain a loyal follower base, how mini programs are game-changing features and how to leverage them, and what social media trends have been accelerated by COVID-19. She also provides advice to young professionals on how to get their foot in the door of the marketing and social media industry.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Building the future of the China-Africa partnership
This week, Juliana is joined by Hannah Ryder, the founder and CEO of Development Reimagined, a pioneering international development consultancy and the first Kenyan wholly foreign-owned enterprise in Beijing. It provides strategic advice and practical support to Chinese and international organizations on issues such as the Belt and Road Initiative, Africa’s growth market, development effectiveness, and China’s foreign aid. Hannah is also a former Kenyan and British diplomat, and an economist with over 15 years of experience.
59 minutes | 6 months ago
The testimony of resilient women: Lan Yan on her mother, her family, and the Cultural Revolution
Lan Yan is the vice chairman of investment banking at Lazard and the chairman and CEO of Lazard Greater China. She recently authored the book The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History. In this episode, Yan shares her story as a young woman growing up during the Cultural Revolution, managing cultural expectations and personal aspirations, and the importance of her mother as an inspirational female figure in her life. Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Making the case for pursuing your passion, with chef Jenny Dorsey
After beginning her career as a management consultant, Jenny Dorsey pivoted to a graduate program in business at Columbia. Still dissatisfied after a semester in school, she put her studies on hold and embarked on a personal and professional journey of self-discovery as a chef. This led to a string of gigs working in and around restaurants, and allowed her to pursue her own creative endeavors crafting not just meals but also experiences for her customers. In this episode, Jenny describes her arrival on the food scene in the United States and her work as the founder and creative director of Studio ATAO, a nonprofit that creates live experiences at the crossroads of food, art, and social impact. Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Shared musical roots, with Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
This week, we are joined by Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn, who recently released a self-titled debut album as a duo. Fei is a composer and a world-renowned player of the guzheng, a string instrument often featured in Chinese folk music. Abigail is a banjo player who has won a Grammy Award for her reinterpretations of traditional Appalachian music. In this episode, Abigail and Fei dive into their creative process behind making music and tell us about the origins of their friendship and newest album.Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey.
41 minutes | 8 months ago
Acting, comedy, and identity with Esther Chen
This week’s guest is Esther Chen, a stand-up comedian, actor, and host from Taiwan. Her lighthearted yet no-nonsense approach to life was exactly what we expected from Esther and it pulled Juliana out of her interviewing comfort zone. Throughout this episode, we also hear a more introspective, thoughtful Esther as she navigates questions about identity and success in the acting world.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Starting and maintaining a business with Stephany Zoo
Stephany Zoo is the head of marketing at AZA and the founder of the China-Africa Tech Initiative. Stephany is a brand builder, an aggressive project manager, and a passionate network architect. In this episode, Stephany and Juliana discuss how empathy and connection can help to translate complex technologies in relevant ways. Stephany is honest about her business ventures — including the ups and downs — but it is clear that she has never lost her entrepreneurial spirit. She is passionate about women's spiritual and professional empowerment and also shares the work that she has done with Phoenix Risen, a platform built to combat sexual harassment and assault.
53 minutes | 9 months ago
Global ocean governance, with Tabitha Grace Mallory
Tabitha Grace Mallory is a founder and the CEO of the China Ocean Institute, a Public Intellectuals Program fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an affiliate professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In this episode, Tabitha and Juliana dive into the complex topic of global ocean governance, discuss Tabitha’s previous work and research experience for institutions like the World Wildlife Fund, and explore the many phases of her career that have brought her to where she is today. 8:54: Seabed mining and China’s distant water fishing industry 20:14: Tabitha’s work and research on ocean governance26:56: Making the right career choices40:56: Balancing research and advocacy
50 minutes | 9 months ago
Redefining the flavors of Sichuan, with Jenny Gao
What began as a popular chili sauce, served at dinner clubs hosted by Jenny Gao in Shanghai, has now evolved into the bedrock of a business. Jenny, the founder and CEO of the Sichuan chili sauce company Fly By Jing, describes her path from working in a Beijing tech company to opening a restaurant in Shanghai, training as a chef in Chengdu, and now finally operating her own business from Los Angeles. In this episode, she details her painstaking efforts to source organic ingredients from Sichuan, and as a result, how she is challenging perceptions of what “made in China” means. She also shares her experiences managing the day-to-day operations of Fly By Jing. 16:44: Sourcing organic ingredients from southern China21:08: Building a supply chain in China38:52: Getting products to consumers45:48: What’s in store for Fly By Jing
32 minutes | 10 months ago
TechNode’s Eva Xu on media, startup companies, and emerging tech in China
Eva Xu is both the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of TechNode and TechCrunch China. In this episode, Eva and Juliana dive into Eva’s career background, the challenges and opportunities behind running a media company that covers emerging technology in China, how Chinese tech startups are changing perceptions on early-stage company growth, and more. 8:23: Challenging yourself and your company14:55: Value behind the dual role of CFO and COO19:14: What makes TechNode unique22:44: The difference between Chinese- and English-language coverage and audiences
42 minutes | 10 months ago
Emma Yang: Innovating early for the elderly
After her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Emma Yang knew she wanted to do something to help. Using her experience as a coder, she designed the app Timeless, to help Alzheimer’s patients stay engaged by encouraging virtual interaction with friends and family members. In this interview, the 15-year-old phenom tells us about her passion for coding, gives advice for other aspirational and entrepreneurial young women on pursuing their dreams (and how younger people may be more creative than their older counterparts), and highlights the need for tech that is accessible for elderly users. 6:01: Teamwork makes the dream work8:01: “You’re just a young girl.” 14:47: Intergenerational connection is universal27:20: A word of advice to other young women
51 minutes | a year ago
Using technology to improve living standards in China
Peggy Liu, the chairperson of the Joint U.S.-China Cooperation on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), dives into her work as a bridge builder between the United States and China in the sustainability sector. In this episode, she talks about her spearheading the first public dialogue between U.S. and Chinese officials on clean energy in 2006, helping to pioneer smart grid technology in China, and teaching at the National Academy for Mayors of China on building eco-cities. 6:41: What good can come with technological improvements?17:18: How did JUCCCE come to be?23:55: Building eco-cities with mayors across China38:51: Food systems, nutrition, and climate change
52 minutes | a year ago
Building communities through Chinese culture
Shenzhan Liao, senior vice president and head of the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute in New York City, started as a schoolteacher in Long Island. In this episode, she breaks down the differences in pedagogy in China and the United States, informs us about some new educational services at China Institute, and explains what it takes to create an effective and compelling curriculum for young learners of Chinese.13:01: American and Chinese-language teaching styles22:20: China Institute’s preschool program27:27: The value in studying Chinese language39:51: Education as a bridge between the U.S. and China
43 minutes | a year ago
Amy Chua on writing, parenting and professorship
Amy Chua, author and John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School, talks about her past, present and future. She discusses her written works, the process behind her writing (and gives a sneak peek at an upcoming book), her work at Yale Law School and role as a mentor, her family, and the influence of being raised by immigrant parents. 7:24: Confronting failure22:20: Mentoring students at Yale28:29: Sneak peek at Amy’s new book project33:28: Her approach to writing a book
43 minutes | a year ago
Episode 28: Wanting Zhang
At Junzi Kitchen, food is more than something to just fill you up — it’s a way to bridge divides between people and cultures. In this interview with Wanting Zhang, co-founder and head of business operations at Junzi Kitchen, we discuss her role at the restaurant, the impact it’s having on the food scene in Manhattan, and the individuals she works with who make it possible. 9:26: No work experience? No problem.20:26: Junzi is more than food26:01: Redefining Chinese-American food36:15: Capturing culture in food
43 minutes | a year ago
Episode 27: Lauren Hallanan
What does it take to become a star livestreamer in China, and in what direction is the booming industry trending now? Lauren Hallanan, who garnered over 300K followers on the livestreaming site Momo, provides some insight into the growing, multibillion-dollar industry. Currently, she is the head of marketing at Chatly, and a Chinese social media marketing expert. 5:30: The pressures of live streaming 13:29: Huge growth in education and commerce live streaming26:12: Selling a product online with key opinion leaders31:45: Determining brand success
39 minutes | a year ago
Episode 26: Rebecca Fannin
Rebecca Fannin, author of the recently published Tech Titans of China, talks about her career as a journalist and entrepreneur and her experiences reporting on and doing business in the Chinese tech sector over the past two decades. What to listen for on this week's episode: 10:02: Tech Titans of China14:35: The future of American tech leadership17:02: Artificial intelligence tug-of-war20:45: Will the U.S. ban Chinese IPOs?25:52: China turning to southeast Asia
44 minutes | a year ago
Episode 25: Lenora Chu
At what point is the price of preparing children for academic excellence simply too high? To answer this question, Lenora Chu spent years investigating the Chinese educational system, spurred in no small part by her son’s experiences in a public school in Shanghai. Based on her findings, Lenora subsequently wrote the best-selling and hard-hitting exploration of China’s educational system in a global perspective, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve. On this episode, Lenora discusses the challenges of writing a book with such personal subject matter as well as the main takeaways from her up-close comparisons of the U.S. and Chinese educational systems. Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts and follow @taforta on Twitter.
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