In the fifth episode of the NüVoices podcast, Alice Xin Liu and Sophie Lu are joined by screenwriter Joan Xu. But first, Joanna Chiu announces the launch of the revamped NüVoices website, as well as online magazine NüStories, and the New York launch of the NüVoices Collective, in an event featuring Leta Hong Fincher, Rebecca Karl, and Lü Pin, moderated by Joanna, on November 1.
Joan Xu is a budding screenwriter based in Beijing, working most recently on a forthcoming web series The Circle 御姐的星途. She frequently works in the action-adventure genre on China-Hollywood co-productions. Joan holds a BA in government and economics from Harvard College and an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, and will be hosting events for the Harvard alumni community in Beijing.
For recommendations and self-care, Alice recommends Why We Love by Helen Fisher, and leaving the house; Joan recommends Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, as well as “KinderCoach”; and Sophie recommends getting friends together for a brunch whilst rallying your best and worst qualities.
The book Joan references in the podcast is A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini.