Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Mingwei Song is a scholar of modern Chinese literature and intellectual history, and director of the Chinese program at Wellesley College. His first monograph, Young China, was published by Harvard University Press in 2015 and investigates the origin and development of modern Chinese youth discourse. His second book, Fear of Seeing, is a deep-dive into the emergence of the “new wave” of Chinese science-fiction writers, heralded by the publication of Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem. Song earned his bachelor's degree at Shandong University, a Master's at Fudan University and a Ph.D. at Columbia University. In this lightly edited interview, we discussed the reasons behind a resurgence in interest in Chinese science-fiction, and what it might reveal about China. Song Mingwei.Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: What first got you interested in Chinese science-fiction? A: Actually, I was working on something totally different in the 2000s, my book project with Harvard UniversSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.