The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast
Ep 38 - Lin Yutang and Hymn to Shanghai with Paul French

Ep 38 - Lin Yutang and Hymn to Shanghai with Paul French

September 12, 2020

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'O thou city that surpasseth our understanding! How impressive are they emptiness, and thy commonness, and thy bad taste!'

In the thirty eighth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Hymn to Shanghai (上海之歌 / Shànghǎi Zhīgē), a piece by 'the little critic' himself, Lin Yutang. Joining me to pick apart Lin's biblical condemnation is the roguish raconteur and historian of Old Shanghai, Paul French. Expect to hear a lot about the virtues of liberal cosmopolitanism and the evils of Art Deco and gin liqueur.

 

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Ep 37 - The Woman in the Carriage with Yilin Wang

Ep 37 - The Woman in the Carriage with Yilin Wang

August 30, 2020

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'The scholar suddenly glimpsed a movement in the darkness. Something dived towards him like a swift bird. The shadowy outline of a person neared him, reaching out with a hand.'

In the thirty seventh episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at The Woman in the Carriage (车中女子 / Chē Zhōng Nǚzǐ), a chuanqi story dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Our guest is its translator, Yilin Wang.

The Woman in the Carriage is a short tale, but the more you look at it, the more you see. Moral lessons, subtle humour, inexplicable strangeness, the roots of modern wuxia...it's all there!

A condensed transcript of the interview in this episode is available on Yilin's website.

 

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(盗贼 / dào zéi / thief)

 

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Ep 36 - Gujian with Emily Jin

Ep 36 - Gujian with Emily Jin

July 30, 2020

'I think there is no brother in this world as strange as you'

In the thirty sixth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at a video game(!) series called Gujian (古剑/ Gǔ Jiàn). Helping me level up and face my shadow self is Emily Jin, a highly active Chinese science fiction translator, and better yet: a hardcore Gujian fan!

Gujian isn't a Western Tolkeinesque RPG, nor is it a JRPG Final Fantasy-style affair. It's made in China, set in China, and played (mostly) by Chinese gamers. You may not be shocked to learn that it's a Wuxia RPG, with a little Xianxia magic thrown in for good measure.

 

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(剑 / Jiàn / a straight, double-edged Chinese sword)

 

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Ep 35 - Necropolis Immortal with Etvolare

Ep 35 - Necropolis Immortal with Etvolare

July 18, 2020

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...the lid of the stone coffin slowly shifted open, filling the chamber with a rancid stench of decay. Two blackened arms reached out from the interior...

In the thirty fifth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Necropolis Immortal (仙墓 / Xiān Mù), written by Immortal Amidst Snow in July. Our guest is the novel's irrepressible translator, Etvolare.

Necropolis Immortal blends two particularly Chinese genres: xianxia, and tomb raiding. It's not quite the tomb raiding one associates with Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, as Etvo explains in our interview.

 

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(墓 / Mù / Tomb)

 

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Ep 34 - Gu Long and 7 Killers with Deathblade

Ep 34 - Gu Long and 7 Killers with Deathblade

June 7, 2020

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It was after dusk.

Lanterns illuminated the restaurant.

The lantern light shone on the faces of Fang Kuan and the others, which dripped with sweat. Cold sweat.

In the thirty fourth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at 7 Killers (七殺手 / Qī Shāshǒu), by Wuxia renegade Gu Long. Our guest is one of the top translators of Wuxia webnovels, Deathblade.

7 Killers is classic Gu Long, and an early entry in Deathblade's career as a translator. We use it as a jump-off point to talk about Chinese web fiction, similarities between Wuxia and other genres, and the hyperpowered characters of xianxia web fiction.

 

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(酒 / Jiǔ / Alcohol)

 

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Ep 33 - Jin Yong and Legend of the Condor Heroes with Gigi Chang

Ep 33 - Jin Yong and Legend of the Condor Heroes with Gigi Chang

May 30, 2020

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'We Han Chinese outnumber the Jurchen by more than a hundred to one. If the Imperial Court decided to employ honest and loyal men, our great Empire would prevail. With one hundred of our men against one of their worthless soldiers, how could the Jin army win?'

In the thirty third episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Legend of the Condor Heroes (射雕英雄传 / Shèdiāo Yīngxióng Chuán), the magnum opus of Wuxia grandmaster Jin Yong. Our guest is one of the translators working to bring it into English, Gigi Chang.

Condor Heroes is a huge entry in Chinese literature (both highbrow and lowbrow), and pop culture in general. In this first episode of the podcast's Wuxia season, I begin to get to grips with this absolute behemoth of genre fiction.

 

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(忠肝义胆 / Zhōng Gān Yì Dǎn / Loyal liver, righteous guts)

 

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Ep 32 - The Book of Shanghai with Karen Wang

Ep 32 - The Book of Shanghai with Karen Wang

May 13, 2020

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"A true map cannot simply mark out the landmarks, and the most popular tourist sites, it must be able to guide readers through the city’s lesser-known corners, its dimly-lit nooks and rarely-frequented crannies"

In the thirty second episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at The Book of Shanghai, a short story collection from Comma Press. Our guest is Karen Wang of the Manchester Confucius Institute

 

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(捉 / Zhuō / Grasping)

 

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Ep 31 - Su Tong and Petulia’s Rouge Tin with Anya Goncharova

Ep 31 - Su Tong and Petulia’s Rouge Tin with Anya Goncharova

May 2, 2020

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"Autumn Grace jumped up from the ground, kicked off her high heels and dashed away, one hand holding up the hem of her gown"

In the thirty first episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Su Tong's Petulia's Rouge Tin (红粉 / Hóngfěn) Our guest is Anya Goncharova of the Peony Literary Agency

 

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(亲 / Qīn / Dear)

 

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Ching Shih, invincible pirate

A Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

The Eighth Life

 

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Ep 30 - Ge Fei and Flock of Brown Birds with Eric Abrahamsen

Ep 30 - Ge Fei and Flock of Brown Birds with Eric Abrahamsen

April 21, 2020

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"Assuming my memory hasn't been obstructed, then something must be interfering with time"

In the thirtieth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Ge Fei's Flock of Brown Birds (褐色鸟群 / Hésè Niǎoqún) Our guest is Eric Abrahamsen, one of the founding members of Paper Republic

Ge Fei on Paper Republic

Translator Poppy Toland on Paper Republic

 

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(记忆 / Jìyì / memory)

(叙事者 / Xùshìzhě / narrator)

 

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Ep 29 - Song Aman and Gongsun’s Dreams with Michelle Deeter

Ep 29 - Song Aman and Gongsun’s Dreams with Michelle Deeter

April 12, 2020

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"Memory comes from forgetting"

In the twenty ninth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are looking at Song Aman's Gongsun's Dreams (公孙画梦 / Gōngsūn Huàmèng) Our guest is Michelle Deeter, returning for her second appearance on the show! This story is not yet published in English. The Chinese version features in Song Aman's collection Inland Romance, published in Chinese by Jiangsu Phoenix Literature and Art Publishing.

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Song Aman on Paper Republic

 

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(魔方 / mófāng / rubik's cube)

(利薄多销 / lìbóduōxiāo / small profits, numerous sales)

 

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