Jeremiah Jenne is an American writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He has appeared on Al Jazeera English, NPR, APM Marketplace, Beijing Radio, and the Sinica Podcast. Jeremiah produces and co-hosts the podcast Barbarians at the Gate and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups. Jeremiah also maintains the popular Chinese history website granitestudio.org.
David is a historian focusing on the Great Wall. He specializes in bringing to life this rich, colorful, and sometimes salacious material for visiting groups. His article “Raid of the Scorned Mongol Woman” was recently published in a scholarly journal, and he has collaborated with the photographer Jonathan Ball on “China’s Great Wall: The Forgotten Story,” a series of oversized photographs of Great Wall battle sites that has so far been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. David has been profiled by Peter Hessler in the New Yorker, has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in two Discovery Channel documentaries. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Dartmouth, an MA in history from Beijing University, and a JD from Harvard Law School. With the exception of three years in law school, he has lived in China continuously since the 1980s. Before he began full-time research of Great Wall history, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Misha grew up in a leafy Massachusetts college town and began to study Chinese language and culture during high school. A persistent interest in Sinology culminated in a recent PhD on early Chinese thought and religion from Boston University. His research centred on Han dynasty interpretations of the Daoist classic, the Daodejing, and engaged with historical analysis, theoretical debate, as well as text, commentary, and translation work. More broadly, he is interested in the intersection of Chinese philosophy, religion, and the history of medicine, co-editing "Worms and Parasites in Religion, Culture, and the Body," and authoring essays on topics such as the physicality of mystical experience, and the political application of early conceptions of yin and yang. Residing in Beijing with his filmmaker wife, he takes much inspiration from the vibrant city and works on multiple research projects bridging the ancient and the modern.
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