In this episode of the Yalie, a campus news podcast, the News sat down with Jing Tsu, professor of modern China who served as cultural commentator for NBC at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. 

At the opening ceremony, Tsu spoke to 14 million U.S. viewers about the intricate symbolism used throughout the show and contextualized the geopolitical tensions underlying the Games. The professor walks listeners through the atmosphere of the Games.

During the podcast, Tsu also brings readers behind-the-scenes of her new book, “Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution that Made China Modern”, which was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review just two days after her opening ceremony appearance. 

To learn more about the book and Tsu’s commentary on China, listen to this special podcast episode on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Isaac Yu was the News' managing editor. He covered transportation and faculty as a reporter and laid out the front page of the weekly print edition. He co-founded the News' Audience desk, which oversees social media and the newsletter. He was a leader of the News' Asian American and low-income affinity groups. Hailing from Garland, Texas, Isaac is a Berkeley College junior majoring in American Studies.