ITB Special Edition: Debate in China!

a SPECIAL edition of In The Bin, recorded on the road when I was lecturing at Cornell University this past week. 

Join us as we speak to four people invested deeply in Chinese debating for the duration of the hour. Joining Steve are:

Joy He is a current Graduate student at Georgetown University in D.C. but long-time debater in China, winner of 1st China Round Robin, a two-time semi-finalist & best speaker of Beijing Debate Challenge and a debate trainer & judge for various workshops and tournaments around China.

David Weeks is the co-founder and current President of the National High School Debate League of China (NHSDLC), which runs regional debate tournaments in 35 cities in Mainland China each year. David has been involved in debate for 13 years. As a competitor, he was the runner up at the 2006 Lincoln Douglas Tournament of Champions and the champion of the Victory Briefs Round Robin. As a coach, his students have reached finals the Barkley Forum at Emory and the Harvard Invitational, among others. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010.

John Harper graduated the University of St Andrews with a master of Arts in Philosophy. 
John Is a self confessed old hack of the British debating circuit, having broken as a speaker and judge at various competitions. More recently he has focused on coaching and judging. Being an independent adjudicator at the last couple of European Championships. Spent the last few years working in London on a mix of debating coaching and jobs related to British politics.  American listeners will probably know him best from the Internet where he runs the communist case file group, which shares and aggregates debating resources and is currently the academic director at the nhsdlc.

Katharin Tai is currently pursuing a BA in Euro-Asia Relations at SciencesPo. She is currently an exchange student in IR at Beijing's Tsinghua University. She's been debating, judging and coaching in China since then, breaking as an adjudicator at HK Debate Open and North East Asian Open and as a debater most recently at canton IV.