June 15, 2021

EP. 217 — Who Was Doing The Most In Early China? with Professor Jue Guo

This week, Professor Jue Guo returns to Getting Curious, which means we are returning to Early China! She and Jonathan discuss what a week in the life might look like for a royal hairdresser, a performance artist, a regional king, and other figures from this period and place.


This episode can be enjoyed on its own, but if you can’t get enough of Early China, make sure to check out Professor Guo’s first appearance on the show, where we ask: Can You Set The Scene For Early China?


Jue Guo is an Assistant Professor of 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.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Professor Jue Guo JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Professor Jue Guo, where I ask her: What was everyday life like in Early China? Welcome to Getting Curious, I’m so excited. We have a return guest today who is so fascinating. Welcome back Professor Jue Guo, who is a social and cultural historian of Early China and a professor at Barnard College of Columbia University. Welcome back, Professor Guo. How are you? PROF. JUE GUO [00:00:35] I’m good, Jonathan. Thank you for having me back. JVN [00:00:38] Your area of expertise is so fascinating to me. Just to give everybody a recap, we had Dr. Guo on a few months ago, and it was really about learning about Early China and my goal, and that was to figure out what was, like, a day in the

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