March 9, 2021

EP. 204 — Can You Set The Scene For Early China? with Professor Jue Guo

This week on Getting Curious, we’re traveling back to Early China with Professor Jue Guo. She and Jonathan discuss dynasties, empires, early instances of written language, and so much more. And because curiosity can’t always be contained to 40 minutes—okay, more like an hour and fifteen minutes—we’re planning a follow-up episode with Professor Guo. Make sure to jot down your questions about Early China as you listen, and keep an eye out on our social media accounts for a chance to have them featured in part two!


Jue Guo is an Assistant Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She is a social and cultural historian of Early China (terminus ante quem ca. 3rd century CE), with a geographical focus on southern China. For more information on her work, check out

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JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Barnard College Professor Jue Guo, where I ask her: Can you set the scene for Early China? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m going to get right into our introduction. Welcome Professor Jue Guo! You are a professor of social and cultural history of early China. PROF. JUE GUO [00:00:33] That’s correct. JVN [00:00:34] You’re also an assistant professor of premodern Chinese civilization and humanities at Barnard College and co-chair of Columbia University’s Early China seminar. Your resume is amazing! PROF. JUE GUO [00:00:50] Thank you. Thank you. Yeah. JVN [00:00:52] You’re doing so good on, like, the studies. PROF. JUE GUO [00:00:54] I, I’m definitely loving what I do. That’s, I’m, I̵

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