Sinica Podcast

Sinica Podcast
A weekly discussion about current affairs in China
Mark Rowswell a.k.a. Dashan Live at the Bookworm Literary Festival
Apr 18 • 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)…
Peter Lorentzen’s data-driven analysis of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
Apr 11 • 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…
An update on the Xinjiang crisis with Nury Turkel
Apr 4 • 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 • 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,…
China, the U.S., and Kenya
Mar 21 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Introducing the Middle Earth podcast
Feb 18 • 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…
China’s ethnic policy in Xinjiang and Tibet: The move toward assimilation
Feb 14 • 63 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 • 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…
Mexican and Canadian diplomats in a changing, challenging China
Jan 31 • 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 • 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…
Gene-edited babies, CRISPR, and China’s changing ethical landscape
Jan 17 • 46 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…
Huawei and the tech cold war
Jan 10 • 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…
Meng Wanzhou’s arrest: The legal dimension
Jan 3 • 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…
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…
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…
‘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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Kurt Campbell on U.S.-China diplomacy
Jun 28, 2018 • 57 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
Martin Hála, a China scholar from the Czech Republic and founder of the Project Sinopsis that seeks to inform the Czech public about China and its burgeoning role in the region, joins Kaiser Kuo in Prague to discuss the story behind the rise and fall of
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…
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;…
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…
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…
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….
Live from Beijing: David Moser and Jess Meider on jazz in China
Apr 19, 2018 • 62 min
Part of the Bookworm Literary Festival from The Bookworm in Sanlitun.
All sorts of swindles in the late Ming society, with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk
Apr 12, 2018 • 52 min
Two professors of Asian studies discuss their entertaining new translation of a Chinese classic: a collection of stories about cheats, frauds, and swindles in the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
Why China and North Korea are not as close as you think: Ma Zhao and John Delury talk history
Apr 5, 2018 • 63 min
Two scholars of China and North Korea discuss how both China and the U.S. selectively remember the history of the Korean Peninsula, and how the real past of China-North Korea relations comes to bear on the present.
The Chinese Communist Party’s refusal to reconcile with its past, explained by Orville Schell
Mar 29, 2018 • 55 min
A seasoned historian and scholar of China reflects on what it means for a great nation to grapple with its past, and why this is especially important for the Chinese Communist Party to do today.
The Chinese student experience in America, with Siqi Tu and Eric Fish
Mar 22, 2018 • 63 min
Two researchers of Chinese students in America discuss the identity issues that these young people face, as well as how the Chinese student experience abroad has changed over the years — and since Trump’s election.
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…
China’s authoritarian revival, explained by Carl Minzner
Mar 8, 2018 • 62 min
A law professor and specialist on Chinese governance at Fordham University discusses his recent book, in which he argues that China’s authoritarian revival has put an end to reform and will hamper China’s rise.
Courts & torts: Driving the Chinese legal system
Mar 1, 2018 • 62 min
Two veteran observers of Chinese law discuss what the settlement of a range of traffic violations — from fender benders to cases where drivers intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit — in China tell us about the country’s legal system and the ro
The China Questions, with Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi
Feb 22, 2018 • 57 min
Two China historians discuss their new book: a collection of answers to many questions that ordinary people ask about China, written by the star team of scholars at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.
‘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…
Kishore Mahbubani on China’s rise and America’s myopia
Feb 8, 2018 • 54 min
A former Singaporean diplomat and professor of public policy at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School gives his take on globalization and China’s global relations in the 21st century.
Gerry Shih on China’s Uyghur Muslims, under pressure at home and abroad
Feb 1, 2018 • 55 min
A Beijing-based reporter for the Associated Press discusses his investigations into what life is like for Uyghur Muslims, both in China’s far-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region — where authorities have created a massive digital police state —
Yukon Huang, the China economy contrarian
Jan 25, 2018 • 57 min
Yukon Huang of @CarnegieEndow discusses how both bears and bulls get the whole picture of China’s economy wrong, and what the real issues are with corruption, debt, unbalanced development, innovation, and more.
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…
Inside China’s AI revolution, with Jessi Hempel
Jan 11, 2018 • 49 min
A senior writer with Wired magazine discusses her reporting on Baidu’s research in artificial intelligence, and the surprising leaps that China is making in AI broadly.
Jiayang Fan on beauty in China
Dec 28, 2017 • 63 min
The New Yorker staff writer discusses China’s changing values around relationships with the self, celebrities, spouses, and more.
Stephen Roach on the unhealthy economic codependency of China and America
Dec 21, 2017 • 74 min
The former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia discusses China’s economy, how it interacts with America’s, and how both sides can address imbalances.
Rana Mitter on studying the Nanjing Massacre
Dec 14, 2017 • 63 min
The noted Oxford scholar explains what we know about the event and how we remember historical atrocities.
Scott Tong on his surprising family history
Dec 7, 2017 • 65 min
The longtime Marketplace reporter discusses his new book, A Village With My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World.
Why China needs a #MeToo campaign but won’t allow it: A conversation with Leta Hong Fincher
Nov 30, 2017 • 62 min
A scholar of women’s issues and feminism in China discusses rampant sexism in Chinese society and what she perceives as the government’s complicity.
When American pilots fell out of the Chinese sky
Nov 22, 2017 • 66 min
Unbelievable stories of the Doolittle Raiders and the Hump flyers during World War II, told by Melinda Liu and Jonathan Kaiman.
Jane Perlez on Trump’s visit to Beijing
Nov 16, 2017 • 49 min
How a confident China, led by the newly emboldened Xi Jinping, dealt with an unusually unpredictable and unreliable American leader.
Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post
Nov 9, 2017 • 59 min
With a huge infusion of cash from the paper’s new owner, Alibaba, new chief executive Gary Liu hopes to bring the Hong Kong paper of record into the digital era.
Takeaways from China’s 19th Party Congress, with Bill Bishop and Jude Blanchette
Nov 2, 2017 • 68 min
Two expert observers of Chinese elite politics weigh in on the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress.
The China-Africa relationship, a decade after its blossoming
Oct 26, 2017 • 57 min
Political science professor and scholar of South-South cooperation Lina Benabdallah discusses current issues in ties between Africa and China.
Authoritarian schooling in Shanghai vs. the American approach
Oct 19, 2017 • 59 min
Lenora Chu discusses her new book, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve.
A conversation with Chinese adoptees in the U.S.
Oct 12, 2017 • 50 min
Two adoptees share their ‘Chinese-American experience on steroids’
Alarm bells in the ivory tower: Jim Millward on the Cambridge University Press censorship fiasco
Oct 5, 2017 • 57 min
A Georgetown University history professor discusses the response from scholars to a venerated academic press’s decision — later reversed — to censor 300+ articles in China.
Richard McGregor on the complicated ties between China, Japan, and the U.S. since World War II
Sep 28, 2017 • 67 min
The veteran Financial Times journalist discusses his new book on the three Pacific powers.
North Korea behind the scenes, with Evan Osnos
Sep 21, 2017 • 43 min
Former China correspondent for the New Yorker, and now the magazine’s man in D.C., Evan Osnos talks us through his recent front page article on how badly North Korea and the U.S. understand one another.
China in drag: Michael Bristow discusses his new book on China’s — and one man’s — incredible transformation
Sep 14, 2017 • 53 min
The former Asia Pacific editor at the BBC World Service discusses his new book, China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-Dresser.
China’s tightening grip on cyberspace
Sep 7, 2017 • 42 min
Adam Segal returns to discuss China’s new cybersecurity law, crackdowns on VPNs and foreign companies, and the country’s strengthening data nationalism.
China’s environmental challenges: Overfishing, toxic soil, and unbreathable air
Aug 31, 2017 • 68 min
Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times and Li Shuo of Greenpeace discuss their research and reporting on China’s environmental woes.
U.S.-China relations after six months of Trump, with Susan Shirk and Stan Rosen
Aug 24, 2017 • 64 min
Two astute observers of Chinese politics discuss China’s growing influence on the world and the Xi government’s management of Trump turbulence.
Of dirty words and Party-speak: Sinica Podcast live in D.C.
Aug 17, 2017 • 67 min
Jeremy and Kaiser host a live podcast at the Definitive China Happy Hour in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Xinhua style guide and much more.
Gillian Wong and Josh Chin on journalism careers in China
Aug 10, 2017 • 53 min
China-watching power couple Gillian Wong and Josh Chin talk about working as ink-stained wretches in the Middle Kingdom.
China’s great spiritual revival
Aug 3, 2017 • 71 min
Ian Johnson returns to discuss the rise of religion in Chinese society.
Joan Kaufman on foreign nonprofits and academia in China
Jul 27, 2017 • 50 min
A seasoned operator in China’s non-governmental and academic sectors explores how China’s version of transparency and legality are presenting new challenges for international institutions in the country.
Straight talk on North Korea and China, with Lyle Goldstein
Jul 20, 2017 • 70 min
A scholar of Chinese and Russian security strategy explores the roles China, Russia, Japan, and a different attitude from the U.S. could play in tempering North Korea and altering regional defense strategies.
China’s Asian power play: Tom Miller on the future of Belt and Road
Jul 13, 2017 • 60 min
An experienced Asia analyst combines policy research with on-the-ground reporting to shed light on China’s complicated foreign policy initiative, Belt and Road.
Jerome A. Cohen on human rights and law in China
Jul 6, 2017 • 77 min
One of the most experienced and respected scholars of Chinese law comments on the current state of human rights and the persecution of lawyers in the PRC.
Guo Wengui: The extraordinary tale of a Chinese billionaire turned dissident, told by Mike Forsythe and Alexandra Stevenson
Jun 29, 2017 • 55 min
Jeremy and Kaiser interview two New York Times journalists who have spent hours interviewing an exiled Chinese businessman and researching his explosive claims about officials in his home country.
David Rank, top U.S. diplomat, on why he resigned to protest Trump
Jun 22, 2017 • 48 min
The former chargé d’affaires of America’s Beijing embassy explains what went through his head on the day that Trump made his Paris announcement.
Islamophobia in China, explained by Alice Su and Ma Tianjie
Jun 15, 2017 • 65 min
Two astute observers of Chinese public opinion about Islam speak on Muslims’ difficulties in Chinese society.
How does investigative reporting happen in China? A conversation with Li Xin of Caixin
Jun 8, 2017 • 45 min
The managing director of Caixin Global gives her perspective on business in China and how the media reports on it.
Kai-Fu Lee on artificial intelligence in China
Jun 1, 2017 • 61 min
A visionary venture capitalist and engineer on the present and future of Chinese tech.
Reporting on Trump as a member of Chinese media
May 25, 2017 • 49 min
Jane ChiaChieh Tang, the U.S. bureau chief for Sina News, talks about her experience as a Chinese-language reporter covering the White House.
Joseph Nye, Jr.: Chinese power in the age of Donald Trump
May 17, 2017 • 56 min
The man who coined the term soft power discusses what it means for China today and in the future.
The negotiator: Charlene Barshefsky
May 11, 2017 • 49 min
America’s point person in negotiations from 1997 to 2001 to bring China into the World Trade Organization gives her take on the country today.
Bill Bishop on what it takes to be a good China-watcher
May 4, 2017 • 61 min
Kaiser speaks with one of the most authoritative China experts on how to keep up with one of the world’s most dynamic countries.
How can we amplify women’s voices on China?
Apr 27, 2017 • 53 min
Joanna Chiu of Agence France Presse and Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times discuss gender representation in China expertise; also, the public list of female China specialists they created to get more women quoted in the media and speakin
What actually happened at Mar-a-Lago?
Apr 20, 2017 • 57 min
Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. State Department, on the development and current status of U.S.-China relations.
Virginia Kamsky: A life of business in China
Apr 13, 2017 • 62 min
A conversation with one of the leading lights of American commerce in the Middle Kingdom.
Nationalism in Russia and China
Apr 6, 2017 • 77 min
Charles Clover and Jude Blanchette compare what “love of country” means in China, Russia, and the world.
China’s push into Eastern Europe: A conversation with Martin Hála
Mar 30, 2017 • 43 min
All about 16+1, a new initiative from China, which launched in Riga, Latvia, last year.
Trump and Xi Jinping: What lies ahead?
Mar 23, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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.
Africa-China journalism
Feb 16, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 42 min
The second part of our interview with a legendary revolutionary.
Sidney Rittenberg: An interview with a revolutionary
Jan 19, 2017 • 68 min
From Yan’an to solitary confinement in Beijing.
Ken Liu on Chinese science fiction
Jan 12, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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.
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…
Comfort women and the struggle for reparations
Apr 7, 2015 • 34 min
Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times recounts the post-war history of the survivors of a wartime atrocity.
Under the Dome
Mar 9, 2015 • 66 min
A discussion on pollution problems in China.
LGBT 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.
Suicides, strikes, and labor unrest in China
Jun 4, 2010 • 37 min
A string of suicides at the Foxconn campus in Shenzhen raises questions about working conditions. Strikes paralyze Honda production lines throughout mainland China.
Critical media, foreign and domestic
May 28, 2010 • 46 min
A discussion of media, from both inside and outside the country, and the people and organizations involved. How does the Western frame of reference affect foreign audiences understanding of China?
Mao’s legacy and foreign self-censorship
May 21, 2010 • 47 min
A discussion on a recent Internet phenomenon Tengfei Yuan—a blunt middle school history teacher and a critic of Mao—and a reflection on self-censorship of foreigners living in China.
Schoolyard violence with Chinese characterisitcs
May 15, 2010 • 31 min
Copycat killers and resentment in Chinese society in the lead-up to the Shanghai Expo. What are the perpetrators of heinous murders of young schoolchildren in China trying to say?
Dimensions of China’s soft power
May 7, 2010 • 40 min
The Olympics, the Expo, the Confucius Institutes, and the new English-language satellite news networks. Is China making or breaking its public image through its grand soft power push?
Huang Guangyu trial and real estate dilemma
May 1, 2010 • 47 min
The trial of one of China’s richest men Huang Guangyu and the real estate dilemma.
The eulogy and the aftershocks
Apr 23, 2010 • 35 min
Wen Jiabao’s surprise eulogy to Hu Yaobang and the Yushu Earthquake with its potential for ethnic aftershocks.
China’s gadflies and the mine miracle
Apr 16, 2010 • 44 min
A close look of China’s best-known gadflies Han Han and Ai Weiwei and the Wangjialing mine rescue.
Iran and the vaccination scandal
Apr 9, 2010 • 35 min
China’s delicate maneuvering over the Iran sanction and the recent health scandals around the vaccination of children.
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…