A weekly discussion about current affairs in China
Trump and Xi Jinping: What lies ahead?
Mar 23 • 59 min
A free-wheeling discussion of China policy under Trump with Yasheng Huang, John Pomfret, and Andy Rothman.
Chris Buckley: The China journalist’s China journalist
Mar 16 • 52 min
An interview with one of the most respected names in China journalism.
Big Daddy Dough: Hip-hop and macroeconomics in China
Mar 9 • 65 min
A musical podcast about economics, politics, high-flying finance, and parody rap songs.
Jane Perlez: Chinese foreign relations in a new age of uncertainty
Mar 2 • 69 min
The New York Times Beijing bureau chief discusses the challenges for China’s foreign policy in 2017.
Rhino horn and organized crime, from Africa to China and Vietnam
Feb 23 • 57 min
Investigative reporters John Grobler and Shi Yi and history professor Nicole Elizabeth Barnes discuss the illegal rhino horn trade between Africa and Asia.
Feb 16 • 29 min
Barry Van Wyk and Bob Wekesa on how journalists are finding new ways to describe the China-in-Africa story.
Susan Shirk: The fragile superpower and trepidation over Trump
Feb 9 • 56 min
A discussion on the continuing anxieties among China’s leaders and the current difficulties of U.S.-China relations with a leading scholar of Chinese politics.
John Zhu retells the Three Kingdoms story
Feb 2 • 57 min
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a much-loved and canonical Chinese novel, yet its daunting complexity and huge number of characters make it inaccessible to foreigners. John Zhu set out to change that.
Sidney Rittenberg on solitary confinement and more
Jan 26 • 42 min
The second part of our interview with a legendary revolutionary.
Sidney Rittenberg: An interview with a revolutionary
Jan 19 • 68 min
From Yan’an to solitary confinement in Beijing.
Ken Liu on Chinese science fiction
Jan 12 • 49 min
A science-fiction writer and translator discusses the state of the art in China.
Talking ’bout my generation: Alec Ash and Chinese millennials
Jan 5 • 46 min
The author of Wish Lanterns discusses a changing youth culture in China.
Ian Johnson on the Vatican and China
Dec 29, 2016 • 58 min
Can the world’s biggest church and its most populous nation get along?
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: Part Two
Dec 22, 2016 • 41 min
The second part of our conversation with veteran journalist John Pomfret takes us through U.S.-China relations from the Treaty of Versailles, which settled World War I, through the Chinese Civil War and up to the present.
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: a conversation with John Pomfret on his new book
Dec 15, 2016 • 60 min
The first of a two-part podcast with a veteran China correspondent on more than two centuries of complicated China-U.S. relations.
Beijing Meets Banjo: Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
Dec 8, 2016 • 67 min
Two musicians find great harmony between Chinese and American folk music.
Edward Wong on foreign correspondence and dealing with censorship in China
Dec 1, 2016 • 46 min
New York Times reporter Edward Wong speaks with Kaiser and Jeremy about the state of journalism in China after nine years based in Beijing.
Books, podcasts and the history of science in China with Carla Nappi
Nov 22, 2016 • 47 min
An eclectic conversation on China with a polymath and devourer of books.
The delights of cooking Chinese food: A conversation with chef and author Fuchsia Dunlop
Nov 17, 2016 • 39 min
Fuchsia Dunlop, who was the first foreign student at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine, shares a taste of Chinese culinary knowledge with Jeremy and Kaiser.
How has China changed in the past four decades? A conversation with John Holden
Nov 10, 2016 • 45 min
The veteran China watcher and associate dean at the Yenching Academy of Peking University shares insight gained from years of experience with the nation.
How will Donald Trump’s victory impact China and U.S.-China relations?
Nov 10, 2016 • 51 min
Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, chats with Kaiser about support for Trump in China and the likely policy direction of the next U.S. president.
Love and journalism in wartime China: An interview with Bill Lascher
Nov 3, 2016 • 46 min
An interview with the author of “Eve of a Hundred Midnights.”
Why China bears are wrong: An interview with Andy Rothman
Oct 27, 2016 • 54 min
A conversation with a leading China economist who goes against the gloom and doom that is the current conventional wisdom.
Suing for clean air and studying for the bar exam: Rachel Stern on China’s legal system
Oct 20, 2016 • 49 min
A leading scholar of Chinese law and politics discusses the intersection of the two.
Lines of fracture in Chinese public opinion: A conversation with Ma Tianjie
Oct 13, 2016 • 42 min
Three controversial topics — murder-suicide, celebrity divorce and patriotic fervor — have recently ignited debates on Chinese social media that illuminate the divides within the nation’s digital citizenry. To explain the complexities and contradicti
Mei Fong on the one-child policy, its consequences and what’s next for China’s demographics
Oct 6, 2016 • 55 min
Mei Fong, the author of One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, discusses the past and future of one of the most controversial and draconian approaches to population management in human history.
Michael Manning: Behind bars in Beijing
Sep 28, 2016 • 59 min
What’s it like inside a Chinese jail? Michael Manning discusses his experience spending more than half a year inside the Beijing No.1 Detention Center.
Fan Yang on fakes, pirates and shanzhai culture
Sep 22, 2016 • 49 min
The author and professor Fan Yang joins Kaiser and Jeremy to discuss shanzhai, the celebrated and criticized practice of the Chinese knockoff.
Frank H. Wu on Chinese-Americans and China
Sep 15, 2016 • 67 min
A noted legal scholar and prominent Chinese-American talks about bicultural identities and being ethnically Chinese in the age of Xi Jinping and Donald Trump.
Andrew Ng on artificial intelligence and startup culture from Beijing to Silicon Valley
Sep 8, 2016 • 42 min
A leading researcher in artificial intelligence and the chief scientist of Baidu speaks about technology and the internet in China and the U.S., the nations’ competitive differences, and the impact of machines that can think on jobs and education.
Filmmaker Daniel Whelan on Yiwu, a city at the core of cheap Chinese goods
Sep 1, 2016 • 40 min
Kaiser and David Moser chat with Dan Whelan, director of ‘Bulkland,’ a film about Yiwu’s changing role as a center of the global trade in key rings, pens, ornaments and other dollar-store trinkets.
What is cultural about the Cultural Revolution? Paul Clark on creativity amid destruction
Aug 25, 2016 • 37 min
Paul Clark discusses the films, plays, operas, ballets, architecture and other creative works in China during the Cultural Revolution
It’s all connected: Silk Roads old and new
Aug 18, 2016 • 55 min
Jim Millward discusses the myths, lies, truths and significance of Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Silk Road and new Chinese initiatives to revive it
A discussion with Cheng Li: Where is Chinese politics going?
Aug 11, 2016 • 54 min
One of the most prominent international scholars of elite Chinese politics speaks about the past, present and future of factionalism, reform and technocracy in China and the nation’s direction under Xi Jinping.
Clay Shirky on tech and the internet in China
Aug 4, 2016 • 66 min
The internet expert and author of “Here Comes Everybody” gives his take on China’s successes and challenges in the online world
Calming the waters of the South China Sea and beyond
Jul 28, 2016 • 56 min
Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, discusses his book and using “cooperation spirals” to ease tensions between China and the United States.
Whose century is it, anyway?
Jul 20, 2016 • 46 min
At a live show recorded in New York City, the veteran journalists Mary Kay Magistad and Gady Epstein chatted with Kaiser and Jeremy about how China is changing the world and being changed by it
The Kaiser Kuo exit interview
Jul 14, 2016 • 53 min
Kaiser chats with Jeremy, Ada Shen and David Moser about his 20-plus years of living in China.
Understanding China through a vibrant Shanghai street
Jul 6, 2016 • 44 min
Rob Schmitz, the author of “Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road,” discusses China as revealed through the colorful characters of his neighborhood in Shanghai.
Why do so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump?
Jun 30, 2016 • 51 min
Jiayang Fan, a Chongqing native who is a staff writer for The New Yorker, explains the appeal of Donald Trump to young Chinese, discusses the prejudices against and sensitivities of Asian-Americans, and notes the best Chinese food in New York.
Patrolling China’s cyberspace
Jun 23, 2016 • 49 min
Adam Segal, the author of “The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age,” discusses Chinese and American hacking, spying and cybersecurity.
Arthur Kroeber vs. The Conventional Wisdom
Jun 16, 2016 • 62 min
A chat with the author of ‘China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know’
50 years of work on U.S.-China relations
Jun 3, 2016 • 50 min
A conversation with President Stephen Orlins and Vice President Jan Berris of the National Committee on United States–China Relations
Live: The Cultural Revolution at 50
May 15, 2016 • 79 min
A live edition recorded at The Bookworm Literary Festival with Kaiser Kuo, David Moser and Melinda Liu, the longtime China bureau chief of Newsweek
Public opinion with Chinese characteristics
Apr 20, 2016 • 48 min
Ma Tianjie, the author of Chublic Opinion, shares the story behind his blog about the trends and discourse found on Chinese social media.
Neo-Maoists: Everything old is new again
Mar 20, 2016 • 50 min
A look at the neo-Maoism political movement with Jude Blanchette of The Conference Board
Feb 20, 2016 • 48 min
Kaiser and Jeremy recorded today’s show from New York, where they waylaid Holly Chang, founder of Project Pengyou and now the Acting Executive Director of the Committee of 100, for a discussion on spying, stealing and Broadway. Yes, you read that…
Sauced: American cooking in China
Feb 6, 2016 • 60 min
Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined this week by Howie Southworth and Greg Matza, creators of the independent video series Sauced in Translation, a reality show that journeys into the wilder parts of China in search of local Chinese specialities…
The China meltdown
Jan 25, 2016 • 59 min
With equity markets in free fall, housing prices skipping downwards, foreign reserves plummeting and industrial production on a road trip back to the last decade, it’s no surprise that permabears like Gordon Chang are stocking up on popcorn to…
Air pollution and climate change
Jan 8, 2016 • 66 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Deborah Seligsohn, former science counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego, where she studies…
While we’re here: China stories from a writers’ colony
Dec 21, 2015 • 56 min
When Ernest Hemingway somewhat presciently referred to Paris as a “moveable feast” (“wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you”), he captured the feelings of many long-term China expats rather concisely. So why exactly does…
Out of Africa: The swifts of Beijing
Dec 20, 2015 • 56 min
Amazing research now suggests that Beijing’s swifts, the tiny creatures most residents pass by without noticing, are some of the most well-travelled birds on the planet, averaging an astonishing 124,000 miles of flight in their life, barely…
Live at the Bookworm, part two: What’s ahead for China?
Nov 15, 2015 • 36 min
This is the second part of our episode of Sinica recorded during a special live event at the Bookworm Literary Festival. In this show David Moser and Kaiser Kuo were joined by China-newcomer Jeremy Goldkorn, fresh off the plane from Nashville to field…
Live at the Bookworm, part one: How has Beijing changed over the years?
Nov 14, 2015 • 55 min
Our episode of Sinica this week was captured during a special live event at the Bookworm Literary Festival, where David Moser and Kaiser Kuo were joined by China-newcomer Jeremy Goldkorn, fresh off the plane from Nashville. During the show we talked…
Fokke Obbema on China’s rising power and the nation’s relations with the West
Oct 27, 2015 • 54 min
The West has spent decades pleading with China to become a responsible stakeholder in the global community, but what happens now that China is starting to take a more proactive role internationally? In today’s show, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are…
Tu Youyou and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Oct 21, 2015 • 55 min
This week on Sinica, we are delighted to present a show on Tu Youyou, the Chinese scientist who recently shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin, thus making her the first citizen of…
Edmund Backhouse in the long view of history
Oct 4, 2015 • 48 min
Derek Sandhaus of Earnshaw Books discusses the facts and fictions of the 20th-century Sinologist Edmund Backhouse.
Rogier Creemers on cyber Leninism and the political culture of the Chinese internet
Apr 8, 2015 • 58 min
Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to be joined in Popup Towers by Rogier Creemers, post-doctoral fellow at Oxford, author of the fantastic China Copyright and Media blog and one of the most informed academics working on Chinese internet…
Under the Dome
Mar 9, 2015 • 66 min
A discussion on pollution problems in China.
Sep 20, 2014 • 37 min
A discussion with Fan Popo, an LGBT activist filmmaker in China.
The Islamic State and China
Sep 10, 2014 • 57 min
Edward Wong and Prashant Rao, two journalists with years of experience in Iraq, share thoughts on the Islamic State and its potential impact on China.
Bo Xilai: The Trial of the Century
Aug 31, 2013 • 49 min
Ed Wong from The New York Times and James Miles of The Economist discuss political purges and media transparency in China.
The one-child policy, plus the African community in Guangzhou
Jun 23, 2012 • 47 min
While the African community in Guangzhou has taken to the streets to protest the suspicious death of a foreign national in police custody, the Chinese internet has proven equally volatile as gruesome photos of a late-stage abortion have…
The extremes of Chinese media, plus Chinese internet humor
Nov 4, 2011 • 38 min
It seems to be the consensus among long-time China watchers that the Chinese media has become more radicalized over the last five years, with both online and traditional channels now feeding the public conflicting stories of both reflexive scorn for…
Zhao Liang and the South-North Water Diversion Project
Aug 27, 2011 • 51 min
A conversation with Edward Wong on independent filmmaker Zhao Liang. Also, two other guests discuss China’s South-North Water Diversion Project.
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