‘Land of Big Numbers’ by Te-Ping Chen

Premiere DateFeb 4, 2021
00:00 Show Opening
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01:07 June Jane Migraine
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01:09 Episode Intro
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02:55 June (Cont’d) Jane Migraine
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04:17 Interview with Te-Ping Chen, Part 1
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12:06 Every Boxing Movie Is The Same Jane Migraine
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13:02 Interview with Te-Ping Chen, Part 2
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35:20 Sloane Peterson Jane Migraine
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35:33 Episode Outro
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37:09 Sloane Peterson (Cont’d) Jane Migraine
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38:47 Outro
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39:18 Finish
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Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to work at a government call center and is followed by her violent ex-boyfriend. A man is swept into the high-risk, high-reward temptations of China’s volatile stock exchange. And a group of people sit, trapped for no reason, on a subway platform for months, waiting for official permission to leave.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…

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