Oolong Podcast

Writing About Chinese Genealogy

How Scott Tong rediscovered his family's roots

We’re delighted to bring a new feature to the China Channel: a series of podcasts hosted by Lev Nachmann, a PhD student at the University of California at Irvine. The podcast, titled Oolong, is produced with the sponsorship of the UCI Long U.S.-China Institute; each episode puts a China watcher on the interview chair, for a pithy and illuminating conversation about their background and work. In the first episode, Lev talks to Scott Tong (whom we also interviewed previously), author of the memoir A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World in which he sought to uncover his family’s history in China, after working there as a reporter for many years. Scott currently reports about sustainability for NPR’s Marketplace. Hear about his pursuit, his family’s reaction, as well as his thoughts on being a reporter in China.