After watching Nirvana in Fire I read up a bit more about Chinese history. Popular narratives in China about Chinese history are especially important to understanding the Chinese perspective on the responsibilities of governments. I wrote about how this relates to Nirvana in Fire in a Fold story.
In other news, I started trying to read it in Chinese. The story actually started out as an internet novel. Then I bought a paperback copy from Amazon. To my shock, they were not the same! Thankfully, someone on the internet explains that there are multiple editions because the author typically polishes it when they go to publish the story as a book. The internet version is the modern equivalent of weekly installments in the newspaper so it's often more long-winded, Dicken's style.