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Ten thousand things judith farquhar qicheng zhan
New on the New Books Network
An Interview with Judith Farquhar

In this new audio interview on the New Books Network, Carla Nappi speaks with Judith Farquhar about Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to listen to the full interview. An excerpt appears below:

“ Q : … it is great to hear more about your collaborative relationship with Qicheng Zhang. The collaborative nature of the project is extraordinarily moving and vivid, and very much shapes … every aspect that the structure of the book takes. Can you say a little bit about the nature of that collaborative work? Because it is notable that your coauthor was not just your coauthor; but … Qicheng Zhang’s work turns out to be one of the subjects of the chapter itself. Can you say a little bit more about that?

A : … it is my favorite topic about the book: the nature of the collaboration…. Qicheng Zhang does not even read English – much less speak it. So it was necessary to work entirely in Chinese. I could never claim to be an effective communicator in all the registers of modern Chinese. So we learned how to talk with each other very well.”