Sinica Podcast

Sinica Podcast

art19.com/shows/sinica
A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that’s reshaping the world. A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.


Adam Tooze on the geopolitics of the pandemic
Aug 6 • 62 min
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Adam Tooze, professor of history at Columbia University and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the U.S. and China, and how it has…
Sir Danny Alexander on AIIB in a time of crisis
Jul 30 • 46 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Sir Danny Alexander, vice president and corporate secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and former Liberal Democrat MP and chief secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom. Sir Danny gives an…
‘Superpower Showdown’: A conversation with authors Bob Davis and Lingling Wei
Jul 23 • 89 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy talk to Wall Street Journal reporters Bob Davis and Lingling Wei about their great new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War. 5:11: The increasingly insulated Chinese…
Huawei and the 5G ecosystem
Jul 16 • 62 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Andy Purdy, chief security officer of Huawei USA, and Paul Triolo, practice head of geotechnology at the Eurasia Group. They explore the complexities of the 5G ecosystem, challenges to cybersecurity on 5G networks,…
Standoff in Ladakh: Ananth Krishnan on the China-India border conflict
Jul 9 • 52 min
Late on the night of June 15, a deadly melee erupted on the banks of the Galwan River, in a disputed region called Ladakh, high in the mountains between China and India. To help guide a discussion on this landmark event in China-India relations, Kaiser…
The controversy over Fang Fang’s ‘Wuhan Diary’: A conversation with the translator, Michael Berry
Jul 2 • 51 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Michael Berry, the translator of the Wuhan-based writer Fang Fang’s controversial Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City. Michael discusses Fang Fang’s body of work and how her daily online posts on WeChat…
Why doesn’t the China bubble pop? A conversation with Bloomberg’s chief economist, Tom Orlik
Jun 25 • 69 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Bloomberg’s chief economist, Tom Orlik, about his new book, China: The Bubble That Never Pops. A longtime resident of Beijing, Tom wrote for the Wall Street Journal before joining Bloomberg as chief Asia economist.…
Censored: Molly Roberts on how China uses deterrence, distraction, and dilution to control its internet
Jun 18 • 51 min
This week on Sinica, we continue with the ongoing California series of podcasts that Kaiser recorded last winter, and present a conversation taped in December, when he chatted with Margaret (Molly) Roberts, an associate professor in the Department of…
‘Superpower Interrupted’: A conversation with veteran China journalist Michael Schuman about his Chinese history of the world
Jun 11 • 54 min
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Michael Schuman, a reporter and writer who’s been covering China for 23 years, about his new book, Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World. The book sets out to present world history as China has…
Max Fisher of the New York Times on media coverage of China, COVID-19, and Trump
Jun 4 • 55 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Max Fisher, one of The Interpreter columnists for the New York Times, on what U.S. media coverage got right — and wrong — about the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, and the concerning parallels between 2002 and 2020.…
Has China won? Part 2 of our conversation with Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani
May 28 • 60 min
In this second half of our interview with Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, he talks to Kaiser about the perils of American exceptionalism, the poverty of strategic thinking in Washington, and the view of U.S.-China competition from…
Has China won? A conversation with Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani
May 21 • 58 min
In the first part of this two-part conversation, Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, returns to Sinica to chat with Kaiser about his latest book, Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy. It’s a bracing read, unsparing…
Kaiser interviews Gordon Chang!
May 14 • 50 min
No, not that Gordon Chang. The other one: the good one. Gordon H. Chang is a professor of American history at Stanford University, where he is also the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and the senior associate vice provost for undergraduate…
Grounding China’s drones: Leading drone maker DJI’s Brendan Schulman on U.S. regulatory challenges
May 7 • 59 min
A congressional bill and a draft executive order threaten to prevent U.S. government agencies from using drones made in China or that contain Chinese components. Concerns over security issues may end successful programs by the Department of the Interior…
The pathogen and the prejudice: Jiwei Xiao on COVID-19 in China and in America
Apr 30 • 61 min
Literature professor and cineaste Jiwei Xiao, who grew up in Wuhan and whose mother still lives there, published a piece in the New York Review of Books about watching the coronavirus pandemic unfold — first at a distance in Wuhan, then up close in the…
The Sinica Podcast turns 10
Apr 23 • 110 min
For our 10th anniversary show, Kaiser and Jeremy recorded live on Zoom, shared some reminiscences, reflected on how China and the podcast have changed in the years since they started the show, and took questions from listeners who tuned in. A video…
China’s Venezuelan vicissitudes
Apr 16 • 54 min
In a show taped on March 2, before the full force of COVID-19 had hit the U.S., Kaiser and Jeremy chatted with Parsifal D’Sola Alvarado about China’s strategy in the resource-rich but economically devastated Venezuela. Parsifal is a co-founder of the…
R.I.P. Liu Dehai, pipa virtuoso
Apr 13 • 16 min
Liú Déhǎi 刘德海, master of the pipa, a type of Chinese lute, died at the age of 83 on April 11, 2020. Liu was born in Shanghai in 1937. He received his early music education there before the Communist victory in 1949, and went on to become one of the…
Will China save the planet? A climatic conversation with NRDC’s Barbara Finamore
Apr 9 • 66 min
In a show taped in late February, Kaiser chats with Barbara Finamore, senior attorney and senior strategic director, Asia, for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who shares her perspective on China’s impressive progress in curbing greenhouse gas…
Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul on democracy promotion in Russia and China
Apr 2 • 50 min
This week, we bring you another show from the California podcast series that Kaiser recorded back in December, before the ravages of COVID-19. Take a break from thinking about the virus to listen to Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, talk…
Dexter Roberts on ‘The Myth of Chinese Capitalism’
Mar 26 • 70 min
On this week’s show, veteran reporter Dexter “Tiff” Roberts chats with Kaiser and Jeremy about his new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World. 6:28: What is the myth of Chinese capitalism? 20:17: Chinese…
Janet Yang and Michael Berry on the state of cinema in a time of souring U.S.-China ties
Mar 19 • 52 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser continues his California series with a conversation with Janet Yang, one of the legends of the U.S.-China film world, and Michael Berry, a professor at UCLA and a leading expert on Chinese cinema. They discuss how politics and…
USCBC President Craig Allen on trade in a time of disruption
Mar 12 • 48 min
In a show taped live at the China-U.S. Summit at Duke University on February 29, Kaiser chats with Ambassador Craig Allen, the longtime Asia-based diplomat who now serves as president of the U.S.-China Business Council. Topics include the impact of the…
UCLA’s Alex Wang on where China leads and lags in climate change
Mar 5 • 47 min
In this episode, part of Sinica’s California series, Kaiser chats with Alex Wang, a professor of law at UCLA and an expert on China’s environmental law. Just back from the COP25 meeting in Madrid, Alex provides an informed and dispassionate assessment of…
Jeff Wasserstrom on music in protest and revolution in modern China
Feb 27 • 59 min
From the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 that ended the Qing dynasty to the Second Sino-Japanese War to Tiananmen in 1989 and Hong Kong 30 years later, songs have inspired and united people in protest and political movements in China. In this episode, Kaiser…
Chinese industrial espionage and FBI profiling and overreach, with Mara Hvistendahl
Feb 20 • 49 min
In a live show taped at the Asia Society, in partnership with ChinaFile, Kaiser sat down to chat with prolific author Mara Hvistendahl at the launch event of her latest book, The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial…
U.S. tries to persuade Africa it is a credible alternative to China
Feb 13 • 41 min
This week, we feature an episode from the newest member of our Sinica Podcast Network: the China in Africa Podcast, hosted by Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. The United States sees Africa as a key arena to confront China’s rising influence in the…
Bonus Episode - coronavirus update with Yanzhong Huang
Feb 7 • 46 min
Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he directs the Global Health Governance roundtable series. In addition to his role at CFR, Yanzhong is also a professor at Seton…
China policy and the American presidency
Feb 6 • 61 min
With the United States now in a presidential election year, how should an incoming administration — whether a Democratic presidency or a second Trump administration — approach China policy? This week, Kaiser chats with eminent scholars Susan Shirk and…
Former NSC official Jeff Prescott on China-Iran relations
Jan 30 • 39 min
In the aftermath of the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani in early January, Kaiser talked to Jeff Prescott, a veteran China-watcher who now serves as a senior advisor to the Penn Biden Center. Jeff previously served as Special Assistant to President…
Observing Taiwan’s presidential election
Jan 23 • 45 min
Maggie Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University, discusses the recent presidential election in Taiwan, where she and other Chinese and Taiwanese legal scholars took part as independent observers. Maggie and Kaiser also discuss domestic Taiwanese…
Military modernization in Xi Jinping’s China
Jan 16 • 49 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Professor Tai Ming Cheung of the University of California, San Diego. Tai is the director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and also a leading expert on Chinese national security and…
The Hong Kong protests: The view from campus
Jan 9 • 70 min
On this week’s show, Kaiser chats with Alejandro Reyes, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong and a former senior policy adviser to Canada’s assistant deputy minister for Asia Pacific, about the ongoing Hong Kong protests and the spread of…
Gary Rieschel of Qiming Venture Partners on VC, tech, and the U.S.-China relationship
Jan 2 • 60 min
In a show taped in Seattle, Kaiser chats with Gary Rieschel, founding managing partner of Qiming Venture Partners. With 30 unicorns and over 30 exits, Qiming has been one of the most successful VCs in China, investing in numerous companies that have gone…
A conversation with Gary Locke
Dec 19, 2019 • 76 min
Gary Locke served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014. Locke was not only the first Chinese-American ambassador to China, but also the first Chinese-American state governor and secretary of commerce. This week on Sinica, he joins Kaiser in a…
Yangyang Cheng Live at NEXT China
Dec 12, 2019 • 35 min
In a show taped in front of a live audience at SupChina’s NEXT China conference, Kaiser and Jeremy chatted with particle physicist Yangyang Cheng, one of the boldest new voices writing on science and contemporary China. Get to know the woman behind…
Big Brother and big data at work in Xinjiang
Dec 5, 2019 • 48 min
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who covers China for Axios, was the lead reporter on an explosive leak of documents detailing the ongoing repression of Uyghurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region. This week, she joins Kaiser and Jeremy to…
Dynasty warriors: Ming vs. Qing smackdown
Nov 29, 2019 • 88 min
Sinica brings you a little levity for this Thanksgiving weekend: In one of the last live events taped at the storied Bookworm in Beijing, which shut its doors this month, the Royal Asiatic Society of Beijing sponsored a debate over a simple proposition:…
China and the techno-authoritarian narrative
Nov 22, 2019 • 74 min
In a podcast taped live for the Asia Society of Switzerland in Zurich, Kaiser is joined by Kristin Shi-Kupfer, director of the Research Area on Public Policy and Society at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, and Evgeny Morozov,…
Fuchsia Dunlop on ‘The Food of Sichuan’
Nov 14, 2019 • 68 min
Fuchsia Dunlop, the preeminent writer on Chinese cuisine in the English language, has published a completely revised and updated version of Land of Plenty, her classic book on Sichuan cookery, containing 70 new recipes. Her newest book is titled The Food…
Philanthropy in China, with Scott Kennedy of CSIS
Nov 7, 2019 • 49 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser talks about the state of charitable giving in China with Scott Kennedy, senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Has philanthropy kept pace…
Jerome Cohen on the Hong Kong protests and the law
Oct 31, 2019 • 73 min
In this live show taped at New York University on October 16, Jeremy and Kaiser spoke with Jerry Cohen, the doyen of American studies of Chinese law. We explore the legal foundations for the Hong Kong handover in 1997, and how imprecision has contributed…
Neil Thomas on regime support in the P.R.C.
Oct 24, 2019 • 52 min
Organic regime support in the People’s Republic of China.
Live from Columbia: China tech triage with Samm Sacks
Oct 17, 2019 • 37 min
This episode discusses the role of Chinese technology companies in the U.S.-China trade war.
Jude Blanchette on the Hong Kong protests
Oct 10, 2019 • 60 min
Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), joins Kaiser for a discussion of the ongoing Hong Kong protests, possible U.S. responses, Beijing’s puzzling inaction, the perspectives of…
Podcast Golden Week: TechBuzz China Ep. 53: NetEase
Oct 9, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 53 of TechBuzz China is about NetEase.
Podcast Golden Week: Peter Hessler on ChinaEconTalk
Oct 8, 2019 • 77 min
SupChina is celebrating Golden Week with a few of our best episodes from the Sinica Podcast Network. For today’s selection, enjoy this interview with Peter Hessler on ChinaEconTalk, along with host Jordan Schneider.
Podcast Golden Week: Ta for Ta Episode 22
Oct 7, 2019 • 59 min
SupChina is celebrating Golden Week with a few of our best episodes from the Sinica Podcast Network. Today, please enjoy episode 22 of Ta for Ta, hosted by Juliana Batista.
Podcast Golden Week: Middle Earth #16
Oct 4, 2019 • 59 min
SupChina is celebrating Golden Week with a few of our best episodes from the Sinica Podcast Network. Today, please enjoy episode 16 of the Middle Earth Podcast, hosted by Aladin Farré.
Is China the Enemy? Featuring Ezra Vogel and Orville Schell
Oct 3, 2019 • 75 min
Joe Kahn, the managing editor of the New York Times and the paper’s former Beijing bureau chief, moderates the discussion with Ezra Vogel, the eminent Harvard University professor and author, and Orville Schell, author and the director of the Center on…
Christian Shepherd on Xinjiang and China’s changing ethnic policy
Sep 26, 2019 • 53 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Christian Shepherd, the Beijing correspondent for the Financial Times. They discuss his debut long-form piece for the FT, Fear and oppression in Xinjiang: China’s war on Uighur culture, dive…
Introducing ‘Strangers in China’
Sep 19, 2019 • 34 min
The Sinica Podcast Network is proud to introduce the latest member of our family, Strangers in China, hosted by Clay Baldo. It features the voices of an emergent new China. Dissident voices, outspoken voices, marginalized voices, queer voices. Some are…
‘Mirrorlands’: Ed Pulford on the Sino-Russian border
Sep 12, 2019 • 78 min
This week, Sinica features a chat with Ed Pulford, author of the recent book Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys in Between. Kaiser chats with Ed about the Sino-Russian border and Ed’s anthropological travelogue exploring the border’s past and…
Trade war economics, with Andy Rothman
Sep 5, 2019 • 65 min
Andy Rothman, an investment strategist at Matthews Asia, gives his take on recent developments in the U.S.-China trade war.
Making the world safe for autocracy: Jessica Chen Weiss on what Beijing wants
Aug 29, 2019 • 40 min
Jessica Chen Weiss is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and a prolific writer on Chinese nationalism and China’s international relations. Kaiser sat down with her recently to hear her ideas on how we should understand what it is that…
Matt Sheehan on California’s role in U.S.-China relations
Aug 22, 2019 • 73 min
Matt Sheehan, former China correspondent for the Huffington Post and current fellow at the MacroPolo think tank, discusses his new book, The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future.
The world according to Jeremy Goldkorn
Aug 15, 2019 • 56 min
This special episode of Sinica starring our very own Jeremy Goldkorn was recorded in New York on July 17. With decades of experience in China-related business, entrepreneurship, and media, Jeremy shares his views on the latest developments in Chinese…
Wealth and Power: Intellectuals in China
Aug 8, 2019 • 65 min
This week, while Kaiser is vacationing on the Carolina coast, we are running a March 2014 interview with Orville Schell and David Moser. Orville is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York and formerly…
China correspondent Emily Feng: From the FT to NPR
Aug 1, 2019 • 59 min
Emily Feng is one of the rising stars among China reporters. She’s about to take up her post in Beijing as National Public Radio’s correspondent after an illustrious run with the Financial Times. In a show taped a few months ago, Emily speaks with Kaiser…
Michael Swaine on the ‘China is not an enemy’ open letter
Jul 25, 2019 • 61 min
The Washington Post recently published an open letter signed by five scholars and former government officials: M. Taylor Fravel, Stapleton Roy, Michael Swaine, Susan Thornton, and Ezra Vogel. The letter laid out seven main arguments for why the U.S.…
An update on the Hong Kong protests
Jul 18, 2019 • 32 min
This week, we speak again with Antony Dapiran, a corporate lawyer in Hong Kong and the author of City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong, to catch up on the fast-moving events in the former British colony. Antony talks about the…
Searching for roots in China
Jul 11, 2019 • 67 min
This week, Kaiser chats with Huihan Lie, founder of the genealogical research startup MyChinaRoots, and with two of his colleagues, Clotilde Yap and Chrislyn Choo. The three have fascinating things to say about why a growing number of people are taking a…
Military Strategy and Politics in the PRC: A Conversation with Taylor Fravel
Jul 3, 2019 • 72 min
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Taylor Fravel, one of the world’s leading authorities on the People’s Liberation Army. Taylor has a brand-new book out called Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949, which examines the changes to the…
Umbrella Revolution 2.0 – or something else? Antony Dapiran on the Hong Kong demonstrations
Jun 27, 2019 • 58 min
Antony Dapiran is a seasoned corporate lawyer who has worked in Hong Kong and Beijing for the last two decades. In that time, he’s become a historian of protests in Hong Kong and the author of City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong…
A voice of reason within the Beltway: Ryan Hass vs. the so-called bipartisan consensus
Jun 20, 2019 • 66 min
Ryan Hass, who served as the Director for China on the National Security Council during President Barack Obama’s second term, is alarmed at the direction that the U.S. policy toward China has been taking, and offers good sense on what we could be doing…
A student leader 30 years after Tiananmen: Wu’er Kaixi reflects on the movement
Jun 13, 2019 • 82 min
This week, Kaiser is joined by Nury Turkel of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in an in-depth conversation with Wu’er Kaixi (Örkesh Dölet), best known as one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen protests that rocked Beijing 30 years ago. He talks about…
China’s New Red Guards: Jude Blanchette on China’s Far Left
Jun 6, 2019 • 83 min
SupChina.direct — China consultants, on demand. Submit your project needs, and we will match you with qualified China consultants. This week, Kaiser sits down with Jude Blanchette in the Sinica South Studio in Durham, North Carolina, to talk about Jude’s…
Charlene Barshefsky on Trump’s Trade War
May 30, 2019 • 38 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, we are happy to share a live recording from the third annual SupChina Women’s Conference. Jeremy and Kaiser sat down with Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, now a senior international partner at the law firm of WilmerHale,…
Chinese Investment: Beyond the USA
May 23, 2019 • 55 min
This week’s podcast was recorded at the Caixin “Talking China’s Economy: 2019 Forecasts and Strategies” conference in Chengdu in April. Kaiser spoke with Professor Hé Fān 何帆 of the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiaotong University,…
‘Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy,’ with Sulmaan Wasif Khan
May 16, 2019 • 60 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Sulmaan Wasif Khan, assistant professor of international history and Chinese foreign relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, about his book, Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao…
Howard French on how China’s past shapes its present ambitions
May 9, 2019 • 57 min
On this week’s show, recorded live in New York on April 3, Kaiser and Jeremy have a wide-ranging chat with former New York Times China correspondent Howard French, now a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. We talk about his book…
Strength in Numbers: USTR veteran Wendy Cutler on managing trade with China
May 2, 2019 • 36 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Wendy Cutler, vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute, about a new paper she has authored that calls for coordination between the U.S. and other countries in managing issues related to China…
An American Futurist in China: Alvin Toffler and Reform & Opening
Apr 25, 2019 • 46 min
This week on Sinica, China-watching wunderkind Julian Gewirtz joins Kaiser and Jeremy to chat about his recent paper on the American futurist Alvin Toffler (author of Future Shock and The Third Wave), who found a surprisingly receptive audience in the…
Mark Rowswell a.k.a. Dashan Live at the Bookworm Literary Festival
Apr 18, 2019 • 68 min
China’s most famous Canadian, Mark Rowswell, became famous — or at least “feimerse” — after appearing in the Spring Festival Gala on CCTV in 1990. In recent years, he’s pioneered a hybrid between the xiangsheng (相声 xiàngsheng; crosstalk) for which he’s…
Peter Lorentzen’s data-driven analysis of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
Apr 11, 2019 • 50 min
Is the ongoing anti-corruption drive a sincere effort to root out official wrongdoing? Or is it a political purge of the enemies of Xí Jìnpíng 习近平? These questions have been hotly debated since the outset of the campaign in 2013. Now Peter Lorentzen of…
An update on the Xinjiang crisis with Nury Turkel
Apr 4, 2019 • 46 min
Kaiser sat down with Nury Turkel, chairman and founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, at the recent Association for Asian Studies conference in Denver for an impromptu catch-up on the current crisis in Xinjiang. Nury last appeared on the Sinica…
Samm Sacks on the U.S.-China tech relationship
Mar 28, 2019 • 54 min
This live Sinica Podcast recorded in New York on March 6 features Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. She and Kaiser Kuo discuss the many facets of U.S.-China technology integration and competition, touching…
China, the U.S., and Kenya
Mar 21, 2019 • 68 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Eric Olander, host of the China in Africa Podcast from the China Africa Project, and by Anzetse Were, a developmental economist based in Nairobi. They explore questions related to Kenyan…
Is there really an epidemic of self-censorship among China scholars
Mar 14, 2019 • 83 min
This week’s Sinica was recorded at UPenn’s Center for Study on Contemporary China. Jeremy and Kaiser speak with three prominent scholars on China: Sheena Greitens, associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri, Rory Truex,…
Everything you ever wanted to know about Taiwan but were afraid to ask, Part 2
Mar 7, 2019 • 57 min
This week, we feature the second half of an extensive interview (first part here) with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist at Davidson College and the leading U.S. expert on the politics of Taiwan. This second half of the interview, which covers the…
Everything you ever wanted to know about Taiwan but were afraid to ask, Part 1
Feb 28, 2019 • 60 min
This week, we feature the first half of an extensive interview with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist at Davidson College and the leading U.S. expert on the politics of Taiwan. This first half of the interview, which covers the history of Taiwan…
Sinica Live with Zha Jianying: Dealing with the troublemakers
Feb 21, 2019 • 73 min
This week, Sinica is live from Fordham Law School in New York City! This episode features Zhā Jiànyīng 查建英, journalist and author of China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture and Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers…
Introducing the Middle Earth podcast
Feb 18, 2019 • 46 min
This week on Sinica, we’re proud to launch the Middle Earth podcast, which discusses China’s culture industry. In this debut episode on the Sinica Network, host Aladin Farré chats with three individuals who have all hit the big time and become internet…
China’s ethnic policy in Xinjiang and Tibet: The move toward assimilation
Feb 14, 2019 • 62 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Jeremy and Kaiser speak with Tashi Rabgey, research professor of international affairs at George Washington University and director of the Tibet Governance Project. They are joined by returning guest Jim Millward,…
Live from the US-China Business Council: The bilateral trade relationship in 2019
Feb 7, 2019 • 39 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, we’re live from the US-China Business Council’s Forecast 2019 Conference in Washington, D.C. This show was recorded on January 31 — the day (and hour) that Donald Trump met with China’s top official in charge of trade…
Mexican and Canadian diplomats in a changing, challenging China
Jan 31, 2019 • 56 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with two former ambassadors to the PRC who served during the years marking the transition from the Hu/Wen administration to the rule of Xi Jinping: Jorge Guajardo of Mexico and David Mulroney of…
The U.S. and China: Cold war, or hot air?
Jan 24, 2019 • 58 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Ali Wyne, a policy analyst at the Rand Corporation, about the big picture in U.S.-China relations. Are we already in a cold war? Wyne gives a spirited argument that we’re not — and makes the case that the…
Gene-edited babies, CRISPR, and China’s changing ethical landscape
Jan 17, 2019 • 45 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Christina Larson, a science and technology reporter for the Associated Press, about a major story that her team broke: the Chinese scientist Hè Jiànkuí 贺建奎 announcement that he had edited the genes of…
Huawei and the tech cold war
Jan 10, 2019 • 61 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and Chinese Digital Economy Fellow at New America, and Paul Triolo, Geotechnology Practice Head at the Eurasia Group. The two are among the best positioned to…
Meng Wanzhou’s arrest: The legal dimension
Jan 3, 2019 • 53 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Julian Ku, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at Hofstra University. After the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Mèng…
40 years of reform and opening up, with Jude Blanchette
Dec 20, 2018 • 71 min
Jude Blanchette, the Senior Advisor and China Practice Lead at Crumpton Group’s China Practice, joins Kaiser and Jeremy for a live Sinica Podcast recording at Columbia University. Forty years after the policies of reform and opening up were adopted by the…
Blaming China
Dec 13, 2018 • 58 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Jeremy and Kaiser are joined by Benjamin Shobert, who visited the Sinica South studio in Durham, North Carolina, for this episode. He is a senior manager at Healthcare NExT, a healthcare initiative of Microsoft, and leads…
The Nature Conservancy in China
Dec 6, 2018 • 55 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Charles Bedford, who has been the managing director since 2012 of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)’s Asia-Pacific region, which encompasses Asia, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, and Australia. The organization focuses…
‘Shaken Authority’: Party-speak, propaganda, and the Sichuan earthquake of 2008
Nov 29, 2018 • 59 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Christian Sorace, assistant professor of political science at Colorado College. The three discuss his book, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, which analyzes the…
Mythbusting China’s social credit system
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser traveled across the Atlantic to host a live podcast at the Asia Society of Switzerland in Zurich. The topic of discussion is the social credit system (SCS) in China, a fiercely debated and highly controversial subject in the…
Shadow banking, P2P lending, and pyramid schemes: Lucy Hornby on China’s gray economy
Nov 15, 2018 • 51 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Lucy Hornby, the deputy bureau chief of the Financial Times in Beijing and a veteran guest on the show. She has appeared on Sinica before to discuss professional representation for women in China, the last surviving…
Introducing the Ta for Ta Podcast
Nov 8, 2018 • 56 min
In lieu of Sinica this week, we are proud to announce the newest addition to our network, Ta for Ta, hosted by Juliana Batista. Ta for Ta is a new biweekly podcast, which captures the narratives of women from Greater China at the top of their professional…
Kevin Rudd on Xi Jinping’s worldview
Nov 1, 2018 • 70 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with the Honorable Kevin Rudd, the 26th prime minister of Australia and the inaugural president of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He is also a doctoral student at Jesus College, University of Oxford, who, through his…
Danny Russel on the rebalancing and decoupling
Oct 25, 2018 • 84 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Danny Russel, career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 2013 to 2017, and currently vice president for international security and diplomacy at the Asia Society…
Kai-Fu Lee and the U.S.-China AI rivalry
Oct 18, 2018 • 42 min
This week on Sinica, Jeremy and Kaiser speak with Kai-Fu Lee 李开复, who has returned to discuss his new book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Kai-Fu is a prominent member of the international artificial intelligence community…
Nury Turkel and the Uyghur plight
Oct 11, 2018 • 67 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Nury Turkel, a prominent voice in the overseas Uyghur community and the chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, now based in Washington, D.C. We discussed Nury’s own experiences as a Uyghur and an…
Introducing the ChinaEconTalk podcast
Oct 4, 2018 • 45 min
This week, the Sinica Podcast network adds another show: ChinaEconTalk, hosted by Jordan Schneider. In this crossover on Sinica, Jordan discusses “China’s Grand AI Ambitions” with Rhodes scholar Jeff Ding. Jeff Ding breaks down how China stacks up to the…
Xi Jinping’s long, hot summer
Sep 27, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Jude Blanchette, the Senior Advisor and China Practice Lead at Crumpton Group’s China Practice. We pick his brain on the rumors swirling around Beijing this summer, about public criticisms of Xi’s…
Paul Haenle on North Korea, Taiwan, U.S.-China relations, and more
Sep 20, 2018 • 62 min
This week, Kaiser chats with Paul Haenle, who is the Maurice R. Greenberg Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, and previously served on the National Security Council as a staffer under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Their…
China’s ‘reliable friendship’ with Pakistan, explained by Andrew Small
Sep 13, 2018 • 56 min
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Andrew Small, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C. Andrew is one of surprisingly few scholars with specialized experience researching China’s relations with what it calls its…
The strange tale of a kung-fu master in Madagascar
Sep 6, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Sinica, Jeremy and Kaiser chat with Jackson Miller, a master’s candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s public policy program. Jackson’s research of illegal trade in Malagasy hardwood led him to discover the bizarre story of Gao Jose…
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 3
Aug 30, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Sinica, we bring you part 3 of Kaiser and Jeremy’s interview with Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (see part 1 here, and part 2 here). In the final stretch of the conversation, Ambassador Freeman talks about U.S.-China military cooperation in the 1980s…
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 2
Aug 23, 2018 • 64 min
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy continue their conversation with Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (see part 1 here), and focus on how he got interested in China, his fascination with the Chinese language, his early diplomatic career, his extraordinary…
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 1
Aug 16, 2018 • 73 min
Few living figures of U.S.-China relations are as legendary as Charles W. “Chas” Freeman, Jr., the chief interpreter for Richard Nixon’s world-changing 1972 visit to China, and a former top American diplomat in countries such as China and Saudi Arabia. On…
Introducing the NüVoices Podcast
Aug 9, 2018 • 50 min
Today, we’re very proud to present a new podcast in the Sinica network on SupChina. It’s called NüVoices, and it’s a show all about women in China, with a focus on women in media and the arts. It’s hosted by Alice Xin Liu, a translator originally from…
City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir
Aug 2, 2018 • 68 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Paul French, the best-selling author of Midnight in Peking. Paul has just written an outstanding new book called City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir, in which he tells a captivating story of two…
Australia’s Beijing problem
Jul 26, 2018 • 60 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with David Brophy, senior lecturer in modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney and a prominent scholar on Xinjiang, and with Andrew Chubb, a post-doc fellow this year at the Princeton-Harvard China and…
Poisonous pandas: Cigarette smoking in China
Jul 19, 2018 • 67 min
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Matthew Kohrman, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University, about his work on China’s tobacco industry – and why China isn’t doing more to curb smoking. His new book on the…
China’s hydro dam ambitions and their consequences
Jul 12, 2018 • 47 min
Hydropower dams are a source of debate in the environmental and international relations communities alike. China has made use of hydropower in the past to supplement its reliance on coal and other energy forms, and in total the country has 40 percent of…
China’s growing hacking power, with Kevin Collier and Priscilla Moriuchi
Jul 5, 2018 • 58 min
In this week’s episode of the Sinica Podcast, taped live in New York at the law offices of Dorsey and Whitney on June 19, Kaiser and Jeremy chat about DEF CON, the world’s premier hacker convention, which was — to the surprise of many — held in Beijing…
Kurt Campbell on U.S.-China diplomacy
Jun 28, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode of the Sinica Podcast, taped live at the US-China Strong Foundation’s China Careers Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 31, Kaiser talks to former assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs Kurt Campbell about his…
The saga of CEFC and China’s push into Central and Eastern Europe
Jun 21, 2018 • 52 min
This week’s show was recorded in Prague, where major developments in the continuing saga of a mysterious Chinese company called CEFC, with deep ties to the Czech president, Milos Zeman, unfolded during a recent visit by Kaiser. He spoke with Martin Hála…
Andrew Chubb on Chinese nationalism and its influence on maritime behavior
Jun 14, 2018 • 56 min
This week’s Sinica Podcast features Andrew Chubb, a fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. Andrew writes extensively on Chinese foreign policy, especially on topics related to maritime disputes in the South and East China seas,…
China’s security picture, from North Korea to the South China Sea
Jun 7, 2018 • 58 min
In this week’s episode of Sinica, Kaiser chats with Bonnie Glaser in a crossover show that will appear both on Sinica and on the ChinaPower Podcast from CSIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Bonnie is a well-known specialist on China’s…
Talking trade and tech with Yasheng Huang
May 24, 2018 • 69 min
This week, it’s a crossover show! Zara and Hans from the terrific 996 Podcast with GGV Capital join Kaiser at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a live recording with Yasheng Huang, professor of economics and management at MIT’s Sloan School of…
China’s international relations, with Jiang Changjian, Ira Kasoff, and Anthony Saich
May 17, 2018 • 80 min
Today, we bring you a special live panel discussion from the 2018 Harvard College China Forum on China’s international relations. The panelists are: Jiang Changjian – associate professor of international studies, Fudan University; host, The Brain (最强大脑…
Virginia Tan on women and work in China
May 10, 2018 • 52 min
What challenges do women face in the workplace in China? What fears, motivations, and priorities do women in China have, and how are they different from men’s? How can we help women to overcome barriers and achieve success in all areas of their life?…
Introducing TechBuzz China by Pandaily, plus Joanna Chiu on Hong Kong’s illicit wildlife trade
May 3, 2018 • 56 min
Big news: The Sinica Podcast network is expanding! Today, we introduce a new podcast: TechBuzz China by Pandaily, a weekly show about technology, innovation, and startups in China, created by Pandaily, a China-focused tech news site. The show is co-hosted…
Gao Yutong on the Chinese student experience in America
Apr 26, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser is live at the Princeton US-China Coalition Global Governance Forum, where he speaks with Gao Yutong (Tony Gao) about the wunderkind entrepreneur’s experience as a Chinese student in the U.S. from age 16 to his present 23. Gao…
Live from Beijing: David Moser and Jess Meider on jazz in China
Apr 19, 2018 • 62 min
This week’s podcast was recorded live on March 13 at The Bookworm in Beijing as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival, which is why you’ll notice the prolonged and decidedly rambunctious audience pop at the start of the show. No matter where Sinica goes,…
All sorts of swindles in the late Ming society, with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk
Apr 12, 2018 • 52 min
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk, both professors at the University of British Columbia, about their translation of Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (骗经 piànjīng), by Zhang Yingyu 张应俞. Anyone…
Why China and North Korea are not as close as you think: Ma Zhao and John Delury talk history
Apr 5, 2018 • 63 min
The dominant narrative in the U.S. about China’s relationship with the small northeastern neighbor is relentlessly one-sided. For decades, American officials have referenced Mao Zedong’s famous (though slightly mistranslated) description that North Korea…
The Chinese Communist Party’s refusal to reconcile with its past, explained by Orville Schell
Mar 29, 2018 • 55 min
“Can a society which has not…come to terms with its own past go on to have a successful future, or do the sins of the past somehow…come back to haunt it and reexpress themselves in some mutant form?” This is a question that the seasoned historian and…
The Chinese student experience in America, with Siqi Tu and Eric Fish
Mar 22, 2018 • 63 min
This week, our featured topic is Chinese students overseas. There are about 800,000 of them, and according to China’s Ministry of Education, nearly 80 percent choose to return to China soon after finishing their education. This group is referred to as…
How China’s poverty alleviation program works, explained by Gao Qin
Mar 15, 2018 • 60 min
There is no question that China has seen a miracle of poverty reduction. According to the World Bank, since the economic reforms that started in 1978, economic growth in China has “lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty.” Chinese state media…
China’s authoritarian revival, explained by Carl Minzner
Mar 8, 2018 • 62 min
This week, we have an inadvertently timely podcast on China’s authoritarian revival. Mere days before the episode’s recording, Chinese President Xi Jinping set the stage to extend his power to rule China indefinitely. As Carl Minzner, professor of law at…
Courts & torts: Driving the Chinese legal system
Mar 1, 2018 • 62 min
“Having read hundreds and hundreds of these cases, I have decided that I’m never going to drive in China.” That is what Benjamin Liebman, the director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia University, concluded after his extensive review of…
The China Questions, with Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi
Feb 22, 2018 • 57 min
“We hear, in the media and in comments by politicians, a lot of very glib statements that oversimplify China, that suggest all of China is one thing or one way,” says Michael Szonyi, a professor of Chinese history and director of the Fairbank Center for…
‘Critical’ journalism in China, explained by Maria Repnikova
Feb 15, 2018 • 66 min
Outside observers typically view China’s media as utterly shackled by the bonds of censorship, unable to critique the government or speak truth to power in any meaningful sense. In part, this is true — censorship and other pressures do create “no-go”…
Kishore Mahbubani on China’s rise and America’s myopia
Feb 8, 2018 • 54 min
China, as we say at the beginning of each Sinica Podcast episode, is a nation that is reshaping the world. But what does that reshaping really look like, and how does — and should — the world react to China’s role in globalization? Few are better placed…
Gerry Shih on China’s Uyghur Muslims, under pressure at home and abroad
Feb 1, 2018 • 54 min
Associated Press (AP) reporter Gerry Shih was hard at work in 2017 writing a remarkable series of articles on China’s Uyghur Muslim minority. By traveling not just to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where 10 to 15 million Uyghurs live, but also…
Yukon Huang, the China economy contrarian
Jan 25, 2018 • 57 min
Yukon Huang thinks that China’s economy is extremely unconventional. Unsurprisingly, then, that nearly all the conventional economic wisdom we hear about this economy — particularly the two hugely popular poles of opinion that treat it as either an…
Jerry Yang of Yahoo: Why I Believed in Alibaba
Jan 16, 2018 • 84 min
This week on Sinica, we bring you a special preview of a new podcast called 996 Podcast with GGV Capital, which we are very excited to co-produce. Subscribe to the 996 Podcast here on iTunes, and here on Stitcher. GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang…
Inside China’s AI revolution, with Jessi Hempel
Jan 11, 2018 • 49 min
China is a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. If you had said that even five years ago — or in many circles, as recently as three years ago — you might have been laughed out of the room. But around the spring of 2015, a recognition…
Jiayang Fan on beauty in China
Dec 28, 2017 • 63 min
Jiayang Fan is a staff writer at the New Yorker who writes on many topics, but in the past year, has penned several one-of-a-kind pieces on Chinese society. She has been on Sinica before to discuss why so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump. Her most…
Stephen Roach on the unhealthy economic codependency of China and America
Dec 21, 2017 • 74 min
Stephen Roach is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management. He was formerly the chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s chief economist, positions of immense…
Rana Mitter on studying the Nanjing Massacre
Dec 14, 2017 • 63 min
This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, which began with the fall of the capital of the Republic of China on December 13, 1937. Few events in modern Chinese history have a historical valence…
Scott Tong on his surprising family history
Dec 7, 2017 • 65 min
NOTE: If you haven’t read the book and are allergic to spoilers, please be aware that the interesting surprises of Scott’s story are discussed in this podcast. Scott Tong is a reporter for American Public Media’s Marketplace, and from 2006 to 2010, he…
Why China needs a #MeToo campaign but won’t allow it: A conversation with Leta Hong Fincher
Nov 30, 2017 • 62 min
Leta Hong Fincher is the author of the book Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China and the upcoming book Betraying Big Brother: The Rise of China’s Feminist Resistance, and a regular commentator on the state of feminism and gender…
When American pilots fell out of the Chinese sky
Nov 22, 2017 • 66 min
Everyone knows, or at least recognizes, the image of the Flying Tigers (飞虎队 fēihǔduì). The shark-faced noses of these American airmen’s planes streaked across the skies of China, as they racked up an impressive string of successes in defending China from…
Jane Perlez on Trump’s visit to Beijing
Nov 16, 2017 • 49 min
Jane Perlez is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beijing bureau chief of the New York Times, and her own reporting focuses on China’s foreign policy, in particular its relations with the United States and China’s Asian neighbors. She was previously on Sinica in…
Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post
Nov 9, 2017 • 59 min
The South China Morning Post has been up to big things recently — and faced big doubts from those who worry about its editorial independence as Hong Kong’s paper of record. In late 2015, it was announced that the paper would be acquired by Chinese…
Takeaways from China’s 19th Party Congress, with Bill Bishop and Jude Blanchette
Nov 2, 2017 • 68 min
Today we welcome back to the show two regular Sinica guests, Bill Bishop and Jude Blanchette, to discuss the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress, which wrapped up on October 24 in Beijing. Bill Bishop authors the Sinocism newsletter, an essential resource…
The China-Africa relationship, a decade after its blossoming
Oct 26, 2017 • 57 min
Lina Benabdallah is an assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest University in North Carolina who recently completed a Ph.D. focusing on South-South cooperation. Much of her research was on the ties between China and countries in Africa. She…
Authoritarian schooling in Shanghai vs. the American approach
Oct 19, 2017 • 59 min
When American journalist Lenora Chu moved to Shanghai, she faced tough choices about where and how to educate her kindergarten-age son. She chose an elite state-run school down the street, but soon found that its authoritarian teaching style offended many…
A conversation with Chinese adoptees in the U.S.
Oct 12, 2017 • 50 min
In April 1992, China implemented a law that, for the first time, allowed families from other countries to adopt Chinese children. Since then, around 120,000 Chinese have been adopted abroad, with 80,000 finding a home in the United States. But when…
Alarm bells in the ivory tower: Jim Millward on the Cambridge University Press censorship fiasco
Oct 5, 2017 • 57 min
On August 17, 2017, the global community of China scholars erupted in outrage over one particular and unusual case of censorship in China — the decision of Cambridge University Press (CUP) to comply with requests to censor 315 articles deemed sensitive by…
Richard McGregor on the complicated ties between China, Japan, and the U.S. since World War II
Sep 28, 2017 • 67 min
Richard McGregor is the former Washington and Beijing bureau chief of the Financial Times, and a notable writer on Chinese politics. His last book was The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers. His new book, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan,…
North Korea behind the scenes, with Evan Osnos
Sep 21, 2017 • 43 min
North Korea is a mystery to nearly everyone — even those who have dedicated their lives to studying the country — including Korean experts based in Seoul, national security experts in Washington or Beijing, and a variety of foreigners who have spent…
China in drag: Michael Bristow discusses his new book on China’s — and one man’s — incredible transformation
Sep 14, 2017 • 53 min
Michael Bristow was stationed in Beijing as the Asia Pacific editor for the BBC World Service from 2005 to 2013. He has written a book called China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-Dresser, in which he recounts his time in China — his travels, his reporting,…
China’s tightening grip on cyberspace
Sep 7, 2017 • 42 min
Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You may remember him from an episode of Sinica last year, when he discussed…
China’s environmental challenges: Overfishing, toxic soil, and unbreathable air
Aug 31, 2017 • 68 min
Lucy Hornby is a China correspondent for the Financial Times. She has previously been on Sinica to speak about China’s last surviving comfort women and about women’s representation in China expertise. Li Shuo is the Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer…
U.S.-China relations after six months of Trump, with Susan Shirk and Stan Rosen
Aug 24, 2017 • 64 min
Has the last half year of turbulent U.S.-China relations and Chinese politics passed you by? Confused you? Perhaps you’d like a clear recap in plain English? If yes, then this is the podcast episode for you. Susan Shirk is a professor at the School of…
Of dirty words and Party-speak: Sinica Podcast live in D.C.
Aug 17, 2017 • 67 min
Dirty words, politically incorrect phrases, the legal distinction between suspect and criminal, customs boundary versus national boundary, and better ways to refer to disabled people and minorities: All are discussed in the recent Xinhua style guide…
Gillian Wong and Josh Chin on journalism careers in China
Aug 10, 2017 • 53 min
Gillian Wong has been reporting from China since 2008 and is now the news director for Greater China at the Associated Press. High-profile stories Gillian has covered include the 2012 Tibetan self-immolations and the downfall of Bo Xilai 薄熙来. Her husband,…
China’s great spiritual revival
Aug 3, 2017 • 71 min
Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Ian Johnson returns to the Sinica Podcast to introduce his new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. It tells the stories of different religious groups and the relationship of their…
Joan Kaufman on foreign nonprofits and academia in China
Jul 27, 2017 • 50 min
Joan Kaufman is a fascinating figure: Her long and storied career in China started in the early 1980s, when she was what she calls a “cappuccino-and-croissant socialist from Berkeley.” Today, she is the director for academics at the Schwarzman Scholars…
Straight talk on North Korea and China, with Lyle Goldstein
Jul 20, 2017 • 70 min
Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor and strategic researcher at the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, is an expert on Chinese and Russian security strategies. He is also an insightful commentator on what is going on behind the…
China’s Asian power play: Tom Miller on the future of Belt and Road
Jul 13, 2017 • 60 min
Tom Miller, senior Asia analyst and managing editor at Gavekal Research, joins Jeremy and Kaiser to discuss his new book, China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road. Miller combines policy analysis with his on-the-ground reporting from…
Jerome A. Cohen on human rights and law in China
Jul 6, 2017 • 77 min
Professor Jerome A. Cohen began studying the law of what was then called “Red China” in the early 1960s, at a time when the country was closed off, little understood, and much maligned in the West. Legal institutions were just developing in that time and,…
Guo Wengui: The extraordinary tale of a Chinese billionaire turned dissident, told by Mike Forsythe and Alexandra Stevenson
Jun 29, 2017 • 55 min
The life and times of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui 郭文贵 reads much like an epic play, so it is fitting that we have included with this podcast a dramatis personæ to explain the many characters in Guo’s story. Scroll to the bottom, below the…
David Rank, top U.S. diplomat, on why he resigned to protest Trump
Jun 22, 2017 • 48 min
David Rank became the leading diplomat for one of America’s most important embassies during the transition when Iowa governor Terry Branstad formally succeeded former Montana senator Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China on May 24, 2017. He soon found…
Islamophobia in China, explained by Alice Su and Ma Tianjie
Jun 15, 2017 • 65 min
Islamophobia isn’t a phenomenon limited to Trump’s America or the Europe of Brexit and Marine Le Pen. It has taken root in China, too — in a form that bears a striking resemblance to what we’ve seen in recent years in the West. The Chinese Party-state now…
How does investigative reporting happen in China? A conversation with Li Xin of Caixin
Jun 8, 2017 • 45 min
Li Xin 李昕 is the managing director of Caixin Global, the English-language arm of China’s most authoritative financial news source, Caixin. For over 10 years, she has worked closely with the editor-in-chief of Caixin, Hu Shuli 胡舒立, whose famously fearless…
Kai-Fu Lee on artificial intelligence in China
Jun 1, 2017 • 61 min
Kai-Fu Lee 李开复 is one of the most prominent figures in Chinese technology. He founded China’s noted early-stage venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures after launching and heading up Google’s China operations during their years of growth from 2005 to…
Reporting on Trump as a member of Chinese media
May 25, 2017 • 49 min
ChiaChieh Tang 唐家婕, who also goes by Jane, is a Taiwanese reporter who works as the U.S. bureau chief for Sina News (新浪新闻 xīnlàng xīnwén) in Washington, D.C. She is one of a few members of the mainland Chinese media who regularly attend the White House’s…
Joseph Nye, Jr.: Chinese power in the age of Donald Trump
May 17, 2017 • 56 min
When Joseph Nye, Jr., first used the phrase soft power in 1990 in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, China did not factor much into his calculus of world order: It had relatively little military and economic power, and none of…
The negotiator: Charlene Barshefsky
May 11, 2017 • 49 min
Charlene Barshefsky was a name you couldn’t avoid if you were in Beijing in the late 1990s. As the United States trade representative from 1997 to 2001, she led the American team that negotiated China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). On…
Bill Bishop on what it takes to be a good China-watcher
May 4, 2017 • 61 min
China-watching isn’t what it used to be. Not too long ago, the field of international China studies was dominated by a few male Westerners with an encyclopedic knowledge of China, but with surprisingly little experience living in the country and speaking…
How can we amplify women’s voices on China?
Apr 27, 2017 • 53 min
From business to literature to politics, there is a huge pool of female expertise on China. But you wouldn’t know it if you examined the names of people who are quoted in the media and invited to China-themed panel discussions: They are mostly men. This…
What actually happened at Mar-a-Lago?
Apr 20, 2017 • 57 min
As a career U.S. foreign service officer and the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. State Department, Susan Thornton has had a hand in the China policy of three successive American administrations. She was…
Virginia Kamsky: A life of business in China
Apr 13, 2017 • 61 min
Virginia A. Kamsky, also known as Ginny, is one of the leading foreign businesspeople in China and a legend of the U.S.-China commercial relationship. She first went to China in 1978 with what was then the Chase Manhattan Bank, before the country began…
Nationalism in Russia and China
Apr 6, 2017 • 77 min
Is nationalism really rising in China? How does it differ from patriotism? What is “Eurasianism” and how does Russia use that concept? How much of China’s nationalism is rooted in the “century of humiliation” that the country suffered at the hands of…
China’s push into Eastern Europe: A conversation with Martin Hála
Mar 30, 2017 • 42 min
16+1, a new Chinese initiative, takes its name from 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe plus China. It held a summit in November 2016 attended by Premier Li Keqiang and prime ministers or deputy prime ministers from the other member states.…
Trump and Xi Jinping: What lies ahead?
Mar 23, 2017 • 59 min
Earlier this month, Kaiser recorded a discussion in front of a live audience at the 1990 Institute in San Francisco with three luminaries of the China-watching scene: Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan Professor of Chinese Economy and Business, John Pomfret, author…
Chris Buckley: The China journalist’s China journalist
Mar 16, 2017 • 52 min
Chris Buckley is a highly regarded and very resourceful correspondent for The New York Times, who is based in Beijing. He has worked as a researcher and journalist in China since 1998, including a stint at Reuters, and is one of the few working China…
Big Daddy Dough: Hip-hop and macroeconomics in China
Mar 9, 2017 • 65 min
By day, Andrew Dougherty is a macroeconomist who manages a China research team for Capital Group, one of the world’s largest actively managed mutual funds. By night, he is Big Daddy Dough, creator of an album of parody hip-hop songs that explain various…
Jane Perlez: Chinese foreign relations in a new age of uncertainty
Mar 2, 2017 • 69 min
Jane Perlez has been a reporter at The New York Times since 1981. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for coverage of the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She has reported on wars, diplomacy, and foreign policy from Somalia…
Rhino horn and organized crime, from Africa to China and Vietnam
Feb 23, 2017 • 57 min
John Grobler is a Namibian investigative reporter who has devoted more than two years of his life to examining the complex webs of organized crime funneling rhino horn from Africa to east Asia. Shi Yi 石毅, a Chinese environmental reporter, worked with him…
Africa-China journalism
Feb 16, 2017 • 28 min
In November 2016, Sinica co-host Jeremy Goldkorn attended a conference in his native South Africa called the Africa-China Journalists Forum. The forum was convened to discuss the often-polarized media coverage of China’s involvement in Africa, and to…
Susan Shirk: The fragile superpower and trepidation over Trump
Feb 9, 2017 • 56 min
A top diplomat during the Clinton administration, author of the influential book China: Fragile Superpower: How China’s Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise, research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School of Global…
John Zhu retells the Three Kingdoms story
Feb 2, 2017 • 57 min
In the last three years, John Zhu has embarked on a mission to build a bridge between Chinese and Western cultures by retelling one of China’s great classics in accessible audio episodes. He has released over 100 chapters of the Romance of the Three…
Sidney Rittenberg on solitary confinement and more
Jan 26, 2017 • 42 min
Sidney Rittenberg is a labor activist from Charleston, South Carolina, who went to China as a translator for the U.S. Army in 1945 and stayed until 1980. In this episode, Sidney talks about the conditions he endured during his two periods of solitary…
Sidney Rittenberg: An interview with a revolutionary
Jan 19, 2017 • 68 min
Sidney Rittenberg was a labor activist in the American South before going to China as a translator for the U.S. Army in 1945. He stayed there until 1980, joining the Communist Party and going to the revolutionary base at Yan’an, where he got to know Mao…
Ken Liu on Chinese science fiction
Jan 12, 2017 • 49 min
Ken Liu is a science-fiction writer, translator, computer programmer, and lawyer. He has written two novels and more than 100 short stories. His short story “The Paper Menagerie” is the first work of fiction, of any length, to win all three of the Hugo,…
Talking ’bout my generation: Alec Ash and Chinese millennials
Jan 5, 2017 • 46 min
Alec Ash is a young British writer who lives in Beijing, who has covered “left behind” children in Chinese villages, the “toughest high school exam in the world” and internet live streaming among many other subjects. He is the author of Wish Lanterns,…
Ian Johnson on the Vatican and China
Dec 29, 2016 • 58 min
Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist who has lived in Beijing and Taiwan for more than half of the past 30 years, writing for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and other publications. Ian has written…
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: Part Two
Dec 22, 2016 • 41 min
John Pomfret first went to China as a student in 1980 and covered the Tiananmen demonstrations in 1989 for the Associated Press. He was expelled for his efforts, but returned to Beijing a decade later to head up the Washington Post’s Beijing bureau. For…
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: a conversation with John Pomfret on his new book
Dec 15, 2016 • 60 min
John Pomfret was 14 years old when Henry Kissinger began interacting with China in secret. He took his fascination to Stanford University’s East Asian Studies program, where he was among a select group of exchange students invited to spend a year at…
Beijing Meets Banjo: Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
Dec 8, 2016 • 67 min
Wu Fei is a classically trained composer and performer of the guzheng, or traditional Chinese 21-string zither. Abigail Washburn is a Grammy Award–winning American banjo player and fluent speaker of Chinese. They’ve been friends for a decade and are now…
Edward Wong on foreign correspondence and dealing with censorship in China
Dec 1, 2016 • 46 min
Edward Wong became a reporter for The New York Times in 1999. He covered the Iraq war from Baghdad from 2003 to 2007, and then moved to Beijing in 2008. He has written about a wide range of subjects in China for the Times, and became its Beijing bureau…
Books, podcasts and the history of science in China with Carla Nappi
Nov 22, 2016 • 47 min
In addition to teaching history at the University of British Columbia, Carla Nappi hosts the New Books in East Asian Studies and New Books in Science, Technology and Society podcasts. She is also the author of The Monkey and the Inkpot, a book about the…
The delights of cooking Chinese food: A conversation with chef and author Fuchsia Dunlop
Nov 17, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode of the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy talk to Fuchsia about her time at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine, how she chooses recipes for her books and the gamut of flavors of Chinese cuisine. “You both want to challenge people and…
How has China changed in the past four decades? A conversation with John Holden
Nov 10, 2016 • 45 min
John Holden has one word of advice for people trying to understand China: humility. “Anybody who tries to come to grips with China, a country with a very rich civilization, a long history… You just have to be humble in recognizing that there are things…
How will Donald Trump’s victory impact China and U.S.-China relations?
Nov 10, 2016 • 51 min
The U.S. election is over, and Donald Trump’s pundit-defying victory over Hillary Clinton has stunned and surprised people all over the world. In China — where activity on Weibo and WeChat indicated strong support for Trump among netizens both in China…
Love and journalism in wartime China: An interview with Bill Lascher
Nov 3, 2016 • 46 min
When journalist Bill Lascher received an old typewriter from his grandmother and was told it belonged to “my cousin the war correspondent,” he set off on a search to learn more about the life of Melville (“Mel”) Jacoby, who reported from the front lines…
Why China bears are wrong: An interview with Andy Rothman
Oct 27, 2016 • 54 min
Andy Rothman has interpreted the Chinese economy for people who have serious and practical decisions to make since his early career heading up macroeconomic research at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He is now an investment strategist for Matthews Asia,…
Suing for clean air and studying for the bar exam: Rachel Stern on China’s legal system
Oct 20, 2016 • 49 min
China’s legal system is much derided and poorly understood, but its development has, in many ways, been one of the defining features of the reform and opening-up era. Rachel Stern, a professor of law and political science at the University of California,…
Lines of fracture in Chinese public opinion: A conversation with Ma Tianjie
Oct 13, 2016 • 42 min
On this week’s episode, our guest Ma Tianjie, editor of the bilingual environmental website China Dialogue and the blogger behind Chublic Opinion, untangles the complexities and contradictions of online discussions in China. Tianjie shares insights into…
Mei Fong on the one-child policy, its consequences and what’s next for China’s demographics
Oct 6, 2016 • 55 min
The first day of 2016 marked the official end of China’s one-child policy, one of the most controversial and draconian approaches to population management in human history. The rules have not been abolished but modified, allowing all married Chinese…
Michael Manning: Behind bars in Beijing
Sep 28, 2016 • 59 min
In 2009, Michael Manning was working in Beijing for a state-owned news broadcaster by day, but he spent his nights selling bags of hashish. His position with CCTV was easy and brought him into contact with Chinese celebrities, while his other trade…
Fan Yang on fakes, pirates and shanzhai culture
Sep 22, 2016 • 49 min
Fakes, knockoffs, pirate goods, counterfeits: China is notorious as the global manufacturing center of all things ersatz. But in the first decade after the People’s Republic joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, a particular kind of knockoff began…
Frank H. Wu on Chinese-Americans and China
Sep 15, 2016 • 67 min
What is the Chinese-American identity? How has the rise of China affected American attitudes toward ethnically Chinese people in the United States and elsewhere? How do the 3.8 million Chinese-Americans impact U.S.-China relations, and what role could or…
Andrew Ng on artificial intelligence and startup culture from Beijing to Silicon Valley
Sep 8, 2016 • 42 min
What is the state of the art of artificial intelligence (AI) in China and the United States? How does language recognition differ for Chinese and English? And what’s up with self-driving cars? To answer these and many other questions, Kaiser and Jeremy…
Filmmaker Daniel Whelan on Yiwu, a city at the core of cheap Chinese goods
Sep 1, 2016 • 40 min
Renowned as a trading town during the Qing dynasty, the eastern city of Yiwu again became famous for its markets after China’s economic reforms kicked in during the 1980s. Since then, the metropolis of 1.2 million people has transformed into a hub of the…
What is cultural about the Cultural Revolution? Paul Clark on creativity amid destruction
Aug 25, 2016 • 37 min
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, a chaotic decade of Chinese history made infamous in the West through books such as Wild Swans and Life and Death in Shanghai, which describe in horrific detail the…
It’s all connected: Silk Roads old and new
Aug 18, 2016 • 55 min
Jim Millward is one of the world’s leading scholars on Xinjiang and Central Asia, and the author of many books and articles, including Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, and The Silk Road: A Very Short…
A discussion with Cheng Li: Where is Chinese politics going?
Aug 11, 2016 • 54 min
This episode of Sinica is a wide-ranging conversation with Cheng Li (李成), one of the most prominent international scholars of elite Chinese politics and its relation to grassroots changes and generational shifts. He discusses the historical rise and fall…
Clay Shirky on tech and the internet in China
Aug 4, 2016 • 66 min
In this episode of Sinica, Clay Shirky, the author of Here Comes Everybody who has written about the internet and its effects on society since the 1990s, joins Kaiser and Jeremy to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of China’s tech industry and the…
Calming the waters of the South China Sea and beyond
Jul 28, 2016 • 56 min
This episode, Jeremy and Kaiser head to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, to speak with Professor Lyle Goldstein, the author of Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry. Lyle discusses how the United States…
Whose century is it, anyway?
Jul 20, 2016 • 46 min
This live recording of Sinica at the Smyth Hotel in New York City on July 13 features the journalists Mary Kay Magistad and Gady Epstein discussing the increasingly complex “frenemyship” of China and the United States. They also talk about the South China…
The Kaiser Kuo exit interview
Jul 14, 2016 • 53 min
This week, Kaiser sits in the guest chair and tells us about his 20-plus years of living in China. He recounts being the front man for the heavy metal band Tang Dynasty and the group’s tour stops in China’s backwater towns, shares his feelings on moving…
Understanding China through a vibrant Shanghai street
Jul 6, 2016 • 44 min
Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace, has been living in the nation on and off since 1995. He is the author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, a book about the people living and…
Why do so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump?
Jun 30, 2016 • 51 min
Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker who moved from Chongqing to North America when she was seven years old. Despite her inability to drink alcohol because of an acetaldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency common to many East Asians, she covered the…
Patrolling China’s cyberspace
Jun 23, 2016 • 49 min
Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book, The Hacked World Order, provides an in-depth exploration of the issues…
Arthur Kroeber vs. The Conventional Wisdom
Jun 16, 2016 • 62 min
In this episode of Sinica, we present an in-depth interview with Arthur Kroeber, the founding partner and head of research for Gavekal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and the editor-in-chief of its journal, China Economic…
50 years of work on U.S.-China relations
Jun 3, 2016 • 50 min
In this week’s episode of Sinica, we are proud to announce that we’re joining forces with SupChina. We’re also delighted that our first episode with our new partner is a conversation with President Stephen Orlins and Vice President Jan Berris of the…
Live: The Cultural Revolution at 50
May 15, 2016 • 79 min
Fifty years ago, Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, inaugurating a decade of political turmoil with his calls for young people to “bombard the headquarters.” In this special live edition of our podcast recorded at The Bookworm…
Public opinion with Chinese characteristics
Apr 20, 2016 • 48 min
The immense popularity of social media has afforded China watchers a terrific window onto public opinion in China. In recent years, a slew of English-language websites have emerged to interpret the various trends, phenomena, discourse and debates on the…
Neo-Maoists: Everything old is new again
Mar 20, 2016 • 50 min
Members of the Politburo are rarely praised for their dancing skills, but consider Xi Jinping’s almost flawless execution of a political two-step: first casting himself as the voice of liberal moderation in the face of Bo Xilai’s mass propaganda, and then…
Allegiance
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 right.…
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 that…
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 bask in…
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 everyone…
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 landing for…
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 about…
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 the…
Edmund Backhouse in the long view of history
Oct 4, 2015 • 48 min
Edmund Backhouse, the 20th-century Sinologist, long-time Beijing resident, and occasional con artist, is perhaps best known for his incendiary memoirs, which not only distorted Western understanding of Chinese history for more than 50 years, but also…
Sinica archive: Beijing’s Great Leap Forward
Jul 27, 2015 • 49 min
Great Leap Brewery is an institution. As one of the earliest American-style microbreweries in China, not only has the company rescued us from endless nights of Snow and Yanjing, but it’s also given us something uniquely Chinese with its assortment of…
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 governance.…
Comfort women and the struggle for reparations
Apr 7, 2015 • 34 min
This week on Sinica, we are delighted to be joined by Lucy Hornby, China correspondent for the Financial Times, and author of this phenomenal piece on China’s last surviving Chinese comfort women and their longstanding — and often futile — attempts to…
Under the Dome
Mar 9, 2015 • 66 min
“Under the Dome,” Chai Jing’s breakout documentary on China’s catastrophic air pollution problem, finally hit insurmountable political opposition last Friday after seven days in which the video racked up over 200 million views. The eventual clampdown…
LGBT China
Sep 20, 2014 • 37 min
Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by Fan Popo for a discussion of the way life works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in China. For those who have not heard of him, Fan is an accomplished film-maker and social…
The Islamic State and China
Sep 10, 2014 • 57 min
With the recent capture of a Chinese ISIS soldier (in September of 2014) triggering speculation about the involvement of Chinese citizens in the Iraqi civil war, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined in our studio by Edward Wong from The New York…
Bo Xilai: The Trial of the Century
Aug 31, 2013 • 49 min
The spectacular trial of Bo Xilai seized the media’s attention last week as the fallen politburo member — still widely admired in Chongqing and Dalian and heavily connected among the Party elite — defended himself with unexpected vigor against charges of…
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 circulated online…
The extremes of Chinese media, plus Chinese internet humor
Nov 4, 2011 • 37 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 the…
Zhao Liang and the South-North Water Diversion Project
Aug 27, 2011 • 51 min
China makes an about-face on Libya, we discuss a recent controversy in Beijing’s arts community over independent filmmaker Zhao Liang. We also get an on-the-ground update on the state of China’s South-North Water Diversion Project: a little-publicized…
Suicides, strikes, and labor unrest in China
Jun 4, 2010 • 37 min
A spate of suicides leaves ten dead at the Shenzhen campus of Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturer that makes many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics. A rare strike paralyzes production at Honda Motors, shutting down all of the…
Critical media, foreign and domestic
May 28, 2010 • 46 min
Is the “Western media” biased in its reporting about China? What are the frames and narratives that inform the Anglophone media’s understanding of the county, and what are the misunderstandings about the “Western media” that lead Chinese people into…
Mao’s legacy and foreign self-censorship
May 21, 2010 • 47 min
Videos of lectures by Tengfei Yuan, a history teacher in a middle school in Beijing, recently went viral on the internet. While his charismatic and humorous teaching style attracts public attention and fans, his bold criticisms on Mao make him highly…
Schoolyard violence with Chinese characterisitcs
May 15, 2010 • 31 min
Despite efforts to downplay the story in the face of the Shanghai Expo, news of a recent wave of copycat killings has spread quickly through China, driven in part by the surprising revelation that many of the killers have been middle-aged and apparently…
Dimensions of China’s soft power
May 7, 2010 • 40 min
Sponsored by the government organization Hanban, the Confucius Institute has been successfully promoting the learning of Chinese Language internationally. However, it recently inspired a lot of resistance, especially in the San Gabriel Valley, where an…
Huang Guangyu trial and real estate dilemma
May 1, 2010 • 47 min
Huang Guangyu, the founder of home electronics chain GOME, was China’s richest man, with a fortune of over 6 billion dollars in 2006, according to Forbes. However, the multi-billionaire was detained in November 2008 on suspicion of bribery, insider…
The eulogy and the aftershocks
Apr 23, 2010 • 35 min
On April 15, 2010, on the 21st anniversary of former Party Secretary Hu Yaobang’s death, Premier Wen Jiabao published an essay to eulogize his former mentor in the People’s Daily. On April 15, 1989, the death of this foreign-minded general secretary of…
China’s gadflies and the mine miracle
Apr 16, 2010 • 44 min
This week, Kaiser Kuo hosts a discussion about China’s best-known gadflies: writer and auto racer Han Han, and artist-cum-activist Ai Weiwei. The former writes one of the most popular blogs in China with over 300 million hits, and was recently shortlisted…
Iran and the vaccination scandal
Apr 9, 2010 • 35 min
While Western countries prepare for tougher sanctions at the UN against Iran regarding its nuclear development, China is reluctant to impose any further sanctions, intensifying the tension between Beijing and Washington. However, increasing signs,…
Google China and the Pullout
Apr 2, 2010 • 37 min
In this inaugural episode, Kaiser, Jeremy, and Bill Bishop sit down to discuss the landscape surrounding Google’s pullout in China. They seek to answer: What exactly happened earlier this week with Google’s inaccessibility? Does Yasheng Huang have the…