On 8 March, the writer and rock musician Kaiser Kuo hosted a conversation at Capital M in Beijing with Geremie R. Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre for China in the World, as part of the Capital Literary Festival. The recorded version of the conversation was posted by Sinica, the podcast site of Popup Chinese 泡泡中文, on 18 March. It is available here (the quality of the podcast is improved if earphones are used). A similar exchange was held between Barmé and long-time Shanghai resident and specialist Dr Jonathan Hutt at the Shanghai International Literary Festival on 16 March.
Material touched on in the conversation with Kaiser Kuo includes: