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Episodes

Episode 43: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Hello everyone, and most especially to Saidah, who emailed us in December 2019 asking about when we were going to record an episode about R.F. Kuang’s The Dragon Republic. Saidah, we’re only a year late, but that time is now! If y’all need to recap the first book in the series, you can check out Episode 15 of the podcast in which we discussThe Poppy War. 

Full disclosure: this series is not YA and Kelly uses verbal air quotes an embarrassing number of times in the episode. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

Content Warning for discussions of genocide, sexual assault, drug use and other instances of extreme violence. 


  • This isn’t the first time we have bemoaned the lack of maps and accessory visual content in audiobooks. Can’t we get a 1-page pdf or something?!
  • R.F. Kuang is Chinese-American but more importantly, here’s her bio in her own words: “Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award nominated author of the Poppy War trilogy. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale” (source: author’s website)
  • For more from Ibram X. Kendi on the concept of “uplift suasion” and for a general EDUCATION, check out the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • If you aren’t already following NO WHITE SAVIORS (@nowhitesaviors) on instagram, please check yourself and go do that now.
  • Some resources for further learning re: why we shouldn’t fetishize so-called American Democracy

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