Radii exists in a constellation of media sites trying to provide an alternative narrative around China that breaks away from the expected, often outdated tropes that tend to be overused in English-language coverage of this place. One kindred publication high up on our own reading list is Sixth Tone, a site launched just over a year ago that aims to cover “issues from the perspectives of those most intimately involved to highlight the nuances and complexities of today’s China.”
They do a great job of that, too. I’m biased, having written a few articles about music for them in the past, but I can generally rely on Sixth Tone to unearth interesting, well-reported stories I don’t see anywhere else in the China-watching Anglosphere. Nuala Lam’s excellent piece on Chinese survivors of the Titanic and Bibek Bhandari’s interview with the architect of “China’s first ‘forest city'” were among my personal highlights over the last few days.
Well, now you can let page-views and algorithmic sorting deliver highlights such as these straight to your inbox, as Sixth Tone has just launched an email newsletter. They say to expect a weekly digest of “news, deep dives, and commentaries [that] give a human perspective on the latest news and trending topics from China.” Neato.
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