Good to chat!
Here are some mapping possibilities.
A French book that just came out: émilie frenkiel. She interviewed a bunch of Chinese profs/public intellectuals in ways that seem to overlap with our project. Here's list of her interview subjects: usual suspects. I'm meant to write a review of this book in the next little while. Will let you know what I think. She doesn't include a bibliography, damn her hide.
Another source is a volume of translations, again into French, by a buddy of mine, Sébastien Billioud: extrême orient. Again, you will see an overlap with our research field.
And of course, there's William A. Callahan's China Dreams, which we read last year and found a bit dumbed-down (maybe), but the intellectuals he profiled will surely be of use to us as well.