About Sheila Melvin and Jindong Cai

Sheila Melvin has been writing about arts and culture in China for more than 15 years; she contributes regularly to The International Herald Tribune and is a culture columnist for Caixin Media Group.  Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wilson Quarterly, and other publications. Jindong Cai is an orchestra conductor and professor at Stanford University; he is also artistic director of the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival and principal guest conductor of the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Mongolia.  We are the authors of Rhapsody in Red: How Western Classical Music Became Chinese and are at work on a second book that explores China’s cultural rise.  Jindong teaches a Stanford University seminar on “Music and Politics in China” and we regularly give talks on arts and culture in the PRC. We split our time between the San Francisco Bay area and Beijing.

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