The China History Podcast

The China History Podcast
Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China’s antiquity to modern times.

CHP-232-The Warlord Era Part 2
Oct 6 • 29 min
CHP-232-The Warlord Era Part 2
CHP-231-The Warlord Era Part 1
Sep 22 • 28 min
CHP-231-The Warlord Era Part 1
CHP-230-Pirate and Mongol Slayer Qi Jiguang
Sep 8 • 43 min
CHP-230-Pirate and Mongol Slayer Qi Jiguang
Special Episode: China Tripping Part 1
Sep 6 • 60 min
New Book from Jeremy Murray, Perry Link and Paul Pickowicz
Special Episode: China Tripping Part 2
Sep 6 • 45 min
New Book from Jeremy Murray, Perry Link and Paul Pickowicz
CHP-229-The Walled City of Kowloon
Aug 25 • 36 min
Laszlo finally gets around to one of the most requested topics of all time. In this episode the history behind the Kowloon Walled City is introduced from its humble beginnings starting in the Southern Song to its later demolition during the early…
CHP-228-The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai Part 3
Aug 11 • 34 min
We finish off the series on the Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai by examining the lives of the three remaining women, Li Xianglan, Yao Li and Zhou Xuan. Yao Li sadly passed away only a month ago on July 19. I hope you enjoyed this little…
CHP-227-The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai Part 2
Jul 28 • 26 min
In this second part of the series Laszlo and special guest Spun Counterguy introduce Bai Hong, Bai Guang, Gong Qiuxia and Wu Yingyin. These four superstars of that golden era of music and entertainment left behind a string of hits that still…
CHP-226-The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai Part 1
Jul 14 • 31 min
In this latest CHP installment Laszlo finally gets around to introducing The Seven Great Singing Stars of old Shanghai whose performing skills on the silver screen and on 78 records provide us with a nostalgic glimpse of long gone and controversial…
CHP-225-The History of Tang Poetry Part 8
Jun 30 • 26 min
The CHP 8-Part series on the history of Tang Poetry concludes with this episode that looks at the lives of three more poets: Li He, Du Mu and Li Shangyin. And for an encore Laszlo will recite poems from all three of these greats. The…
CHP-224-The History of Tang Poetry Part 7
Jun 16 • 28 min
In this seventh installment of the history of Tang poetry we move on to the Middle Tang period. While the poetry might not be as celebrated as that produced during the High Tang, there were still many figures beloved in their own time and all through…
CHP-223-The History of Tang Poetry Part 6
Jun 1 • 24 min
Laszlo finishes up the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. Wang Wei and Meng Haoran are showcased in this episode.
CHP-222-The History of Tang Poetry Part 5
May 19 • 25 min
This is the Du Fu episode. Along with Li Bai, discussed last episode, he’s considered the greatest poet in Chinese history. That’s of course a matter of opinion. We’ll take a brief look at the rough road Du Fu had to walk most of his years. In…
CHP-221-The History of Tang Poetry Part 4
May 5 • 27 min
Li Bai is showcased in this fourth installment of Laszlo’s not very deep dive into the history of Tang poetry. We’re still in the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. This episode will focus more on Li Bai’s story (and legend) rather than an in-depth…
CHP-220-The History of Tang Poetry Part 3
Apr 21 • 31 min
Finally in this part 3 episode Laszlo gets to the Tang poetry part of the series. After finishing up some of the good stuff that came out of the Six Dynasties, we’ll get a first look at the Early and High Tang periods. More poets and more great poetry…
CHP-219-The History of Tang Poetry Part 2
Apr 7 • 29 min
In Part 2 Laszlo will finish up an overview of pre-Tang poetry and show where everything went from the Classic of Poetry and Songs of Chu. Fu rhapsodies, Yue Fu poetry and the works from the Jian’an era will be introduced. Tang poetry…
CHP-218-The History of Tang Poetry Part 1
Mar 24 • 25 min
In this first of a series introducing the history of the development of Chinese poetry, Laszlo focuses on the two most important works from Pre-Qin China. These were the Classic of Poetry and the Songs of Chu. Though we will not get to the Tang…
CHP-217-The History of the Hokkien People Part 2
Mar 9 • 32 min
Laszlo continues his shallow dive into the Hokkien people with a focus on the history of the Hokkien diaspora who populated many cities and towns throughout Southeast Asia.
CHP-216-The History of the Hokkien People Part 1
Feb 25 • 24 min
We’re back in ancient times once again, this time looking at the homeland of the Hokkien people. As we’ve done with other groups of Southern Chinese (Teochew, Toi San, Hakka) this time Laszlo provides a broad overview of the people from the south of…
CHP-215-V.K. Wellington Koo Part 2
Feb 10 • 38 min
In this longer than expected Part 2 episode we look at Wellington Koo’s role in the Paris Peace Conference and all the drama that surrounded this historic event from one hundred years ago. Then we’ll look at the rest of Koo’s career as a…
CHP-214-V.K. Wellington Koo Part 1
Jan 27 • 29 min
With the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference now upon us this month, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to commemorate the event by introducing the life of Wellington Koo. In this first of a two-part series we will look at the…
CHP-213-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 6
Jan 11 • 27 min
In this final episode of the series Laszlo introduces the Shanghai Ghetto, the final years of WWII and the aftermath. Please check the show notes at the web site for all kinds of books and videos from this period. Thanks to everyone who…
CHP-212-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 5
Dec 29, 2018 • 25 min
The drama continues with the final arrivals of European Jewish refugees into Shanghai, 1941-42. Afterwards, the China option, that had previously served as a safety net for Jews seeking refuge far from the Nazi’s, was no longer available. Sugihara…
CHP-211-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 4
Dec 16, 2018 • 23 min
Laszlo looks at Japanese attitudes towards the Jews and how it affected their treatment in Shanghai. The focus will be on the year 1939, when the the greatest wave of Jewish refugees arrived in Shanghai. Then we will look at a little known…
CHP-210-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 3
Nov 28, 2018 • 27 min
This third episode in a series examining the history of the Jewish refugees who found sanctuary on the east coast of China, focuses on escalating events in Europe around 1938-1939. With the consolidation of Hitler’s rise, it didn’t bode well for many…
CHP-209-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 2
Nov 17, 2018 • 23 min
With the story of the Harbin Jews mostly out of the way, Laszlo moves on to the smaller and less known Jewish community of Tianjin. Then as the 1930’s unfolds and after Hitler came to power, our story shifts to the European Jews. In this episode we’ll l
CHP-208-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 1
Oct 22, 2018 • 43 min
Laszlo is back with a new series that looks at the history of the Jewish refugees who came to China during the first part of the twentieth century. In this episode, after a long drawn out intro that examines a bit of background on Jewish history,…
CHP-207-The Forgotten Chinese Labour Corps
Aug 31, 2018 • 39 min
In commemoration of the American Labor Day Holiday, Laszlo brings you a rather forgotten tale from the annals of Chinese modern history. Discussed in previous CHP episodes, the Chinese Labour Corps played a thankless but critical role in the allied…
CHP-206-Robert van Gulik and Judge Dee
Aug 15, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode Laszlo introduced the great Nederlander Robert van Gulik. In his relatively short life van Gulik made a name for himself as a scholar, diplomat and writer. His sixteen novels featuring the “stern but fair-minded” Judge Dee offered his…
CHP-205-Ing “Doc” Hay, Lung On and the Kam Wah Chung
Jul 20, 2018 • 52 min
Laszlo presents another story from the annals of Chinese-American history. This one takes place during the Exclusion years and spotlights the Chinese colony of Eastern Oregon. This is the story of Ing “Doc” Hay and his lifelong friend and business…
CHP-204-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 2
Jun 24, 2018 • 47 min
CHP-203-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 1
Jun 15, 2018 • 55 min
Don’t be fooled by the title. Wing Chin and Ip Man will be covered next episode. Today’s the first in a two part series that offers up a survey of the development of martial arts in China from the mythical times of the Yellow Emperor to the present…
CHP-202-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 6
May 11, 2018 • 49 min
Laszlo brings you the exciting conclusion to the six part series covering the history of China-Vietnam relations.
CHP-201-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 5
Apr 30, 2018 • 47 min
CHP-200-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 4
Apr 13, 2018 • 40 min
In this landmark two-hundredth episode Laszlo carries the story of China-Vietnam forward to the Ming Dynasty.
CHP-199-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 3
Mar 30, 2018 • 34 min
The CHP China-Vietnam Relations series continues with Part 3. This episode will take the history all the way up to the Tran Dynasty on the eve of the Mongol invasions.
CHP-198-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 2
Mar 25, 2018 • 40 min
In this second installment Laszlo takes the story from Shi Xie in the Eastern Han through the end of the Tang Dynasty.
CHP-197-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 1
Mar 20, 2018 • 39 min
CHP-196-The British East India Company Part 2
Feb 27, 2018 • 31 min
CHP-195-The British East India Company Part 1
Feb 23, 2018 • 34 min
Maybe this isn’t the most “China history flavored” topic but The Honorable Company did play a somewhat starring role during the Qing Dynasty starting from about the Jiaqing Emperor. In this first of a two-part series, I am offering you an…
CHP-194-The History of Toi San and US Immigration
Feb 12, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Laszlo looks at U.S. Immigration during the bad old days of Chinese Exclusion. The subject will be examined through the telling of the stories of three rather plain and non-extraordinary brothers from Haiyang Village in Toi San…
CHP-193-Whitey Smith and Early Shanghai Jazz
Jan 27, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode, Laszlo tries something new. This time we look at the life and times of Whitey Smith. Who?
CHP-192-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 9
Jan 6, 2018 • 32 min
Laszlo emerges from the post-holiday festivities to finish off the series, picking up from the last episode of the life and work of Wang Yangming. The differences between the two main schools of Neo-Confucianism is further discussed: the Lu-Wang School of…
CHP-191-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 8
Dec 28, 2017 • 39 min
This is an all Neo-Confucian episode. Last episode, Laszlo introduced three of the five founders of Neo-Confucianism: Zhou Dunyi, Shao Yong and Zhang Zai. This time we finish off with the remaining two founders: the Cheng Brothers, Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi.…
CHP-190-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 7
Dec 16, 2017 • 38 min
In the late Han Dynasty, philosophy was a lot more complex than in Confucius’s time. The focus in this episode is on philosophical thought in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). From the fall of the Han dynasty in 220, all the way through the Six Dynasties,…
CHP-189-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 6
Dec 11, 2017 • 45 min
Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what…
CHP-188-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 5
Dec 7, 2017 • 40 min
Legalism takes front and center stage in this episode. After the conquest of the competing Warring States in 221 BCE by Qin Shihuang, a new ideology was embraced by the new Chinese state. The Legalist philosophers Shang Yang, Shen Buhai, Shen Dao, Han Fei…
CHP-187-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 4
Dec 1, 2017 • 41 min
Laszlo is back on track, picking up where we left off in part two following the death of Master Kong in 479 BCE. A lot happened in the world of Chinese philosophy right after Confucius passed. He had both disciples who carried on his teachings, and…
CHP-186-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 3
Nov 24, 2017 • 45 min
Although covered before in an old China History Podcast episode, Laszlo takes the Yi Jing (I Ching, sometimes called the ‘Book of Changes’) off the shelf for a total makeover and freshening up. In this brief detour along the history timeline, Laszlo picks…
CHP-185-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 2
Nov 17, 2017 • 47 min
In this second helping of Laszlo’s overview of the history of Chinese philosophy, the Great Sage himself is the center of focus. Arguably China’s most famous citizen of all time, Confucius (and his disciples) created an ideology and political system that…
CHP-184-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 1
Nov 10, 2017 • 39 min
The CHP is back with this pleasant little 9-Part overview covering the history of Chinese philosophy. The series will run from pre-Confucian times to the mid Ming Dynasty, a period stretching for more than two thousand years. And don’t forget to download…
CHP-183-The Nanjing Massacre Part 2
May 10, 2017 • 52 min
Laszlo finishes off the overview of the Rape of Nanking as well as the stories of John Rabe, Robert O. Wilson, Minnie Vautrin, Rev. William Magee and others who directed the Nanjing Safety Zone during the worst weeks of the atrocities. The aftermath of…
CHP-182-The Nanjing Massacre Part 1
May 10, 2017 • 45 min
By popular demand Laszlo finally introduces the Nanjing Massacre. This is a very emotional, controversial and sensitive subject for a whole lot of reasons. Over the next two episodes Laszlo will review material from past episodes to discuss the lead-up to…
CHP-181-The Early Years of Sino-Russian Relations
Apr 2, 2017 • 66 min
After more than 40 days wandering in the desert Laszlo is back with a topic that languished on the list for more than six years. At last the early years of Russia-China relations can see the light of day (here at Teacup Media, that is). As you can see,…
CHP-180-The Earliest Years of Christianity in China
Feb 20, 2017 • 49 min
Many people don’t know that the first preaching of Christianity in China pre-dated the Jesuits by more than nine centuries. We’ll take a second cursory look at the Jesuits as part of a bigger story that includes Christianity in China during the Tang and…
CHP-179-The Ancient History of Silk
Jan 29, 2017 • 39 min
Thanks to Carole in Virginia for giving me enough of a push to get this episode finally produced. This might have been one of the first ten topics I came up with when I began writing the original list back in 2010. The history of silk is really an amazing…
CHP-178-William Mesny Part 2
Jan 9, 2017 • 45 min
In part two of this series examining the forgotten life of William Mesny, we hear the second half of his story in China. We’re mostly using author David Leffman’s 2016 book “The Mercenary Mandarin” TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Chéngdū 成都 Capital city of…
CHP-177-William Mesny Part 1
Jan 9, 2017 • 37 min
In this first part of a two-part series we examine the forgotten life of William Mesny. Drawing from author David Leffman’s 2016 book “The Mercenary Mandarin,” Laszlo discusses an unknown character from the bad old days of late Qing Dynasty China. Though…
CHP-176-The History of the Teochew People
Nov 29, 2016 • 42 min
In this episode, Laszlo explains a little about the “Gagi Nang”, the 自己人, known the world over as the Teochew (Chiu Chow or Chaozhou) people. Like the Hakka people, the Teochew’s were originally from the Yellow River Valley and migrated to their present…
CHP-175-Su Dongpo
Oct 27, 2016 • 45 min
In this 175th episode Laszlo gives the great Northern Song jack-of-all-literary-trades Su Dongpo the once over. This isn’t meant to be a deep dive into the reasons for all his renown in literature, calligraphy and painting. Instead, this is just a…
CHP-174-The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao
Oct 12, 2016 • 33 min
In this latest episode Laszlo finally gets around to the oft requested subject of piracy in early 19th century China. Pirates had been a fact of life going back to the most olden days. Mid to late Qing Dynasty the amount of trade being plied on the China…
CHP-173- The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 3
Sep 2, 2016 • 41 min
Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE On Leong Tong 安良堂 The Tong led by Tom Lee Wanguo Jinyanhui huizhi 万国禁烟会会址 Meeting place of the International Opium Commission
CHP-172-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 2
Aug 28, 2016 • 41 min
In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed. ”Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown”Scott Seligman’s Amazon PageThe Tong Wars book home page
CHP-171-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 1
Jul 27, 2016 • 39 min
In this long awaited and oft requested episode Laszlo explains about the Tong Wars of New York’s Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman’s latest book we go back to late 19th - early 20th century America and focus on New York’s Chinatown. These were…
CHP-170-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part 2
Jun 18, 2016 • 59 min
Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271. The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts gone by 1279. But the Great Yuan didn’t last long. This episode takes a nice little overview of the dynasty,…
CHP-169-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part 1
May 22, 2016 • 45 min
In this long overdue episode with a deceiving title we don’t actually get around to the Yuan Dynasty. However a nice handy and confusing overview tracing the rise of the Mongol nation is presented which includes a bio on Genghis Khan. We’ll get to rise of…
CHP-168-Zhou Enlai Part 8
Apr 7, 2016 • 64 min
In this bonus one hour plus episode we look at the last six years of Zhou Enlai’s life. It was a bittersweet end for Premier Zhou. In between doing great things for China and guiding the country’s general well-being he was forced to play a central role in…
CHP-167-Zhou Enlai Part 7
Mar 11, 2016 • 60 min
In this longer than expected seventh episode of the series the Cultural Revolution gets underway, something that Zhou will have to deal with until his dying day. Aside from this, China’s illustrious premier also has his hands full with a thousand other…
CHP-166-Zhou Enlai Part 6
Feb 19, 2016 • 44 min
More Zhou Enlai again. This time we look at the second half of the 1950’s. Zhou was as busy as ever, setting up the government, handling foreign relations and dealing with Chairman Mao. This episode will see Zhou during the Gao Gang Affair, Hundred…
CHP-165-Zhou Enlai Part 5
Feb 4, 2016 • 55 min
Laszlo returns after one of the longest breaks ever in the history of the CHP. Part 5 this time. The PRC is founded and Premier/ForeignMinister Zhou Enlai has his work cut out for him. In this episode the focus is on the Korean War and the Geneva…
CHP-164-Zhou Enlai Part 4
Dec 18, 2015 • 49 min
In this Part 4 episode of the CHP Zhou Enlai series Laszlo re-tells the always amusing story of when the Americans came around Yan’an to kick the tires of the CCP and see what they were all about. Many of these events from today’s episode were covered in…
CHP-163-Zhou Enlai Part 3
Nov 30, 2015 • 50 min
In this Part 3 episode the story of Zhou Enlai is taken all the way up to the 1943 Yan’an Rectification Campaign. We’ll look at the Zunyi Conference, the Long March, the Xian Incident and finally the ill-fated Second United Front. At every historic…
CHP-162-Zhou Enlai Part 2
Nov 12, 2015 • 47 min
In this second part of what’s shaping up to be a long series, Laszlo picks up at the Zhongshan Gunboat Incident and follows the life of Zhou Enlai through the challenging years of 1926-1934.
CHP-161-Zhou Enlai Part 1
Nov 4, 2015 • 46 min
In today’s Part 1 episode Laszlo explores the early life of Zhou Enlai, growing up in a traditional scholar-official’s family that had seen better days. Zhou gets passed from relative to relative. But each step of the way there were mentors and breaks…
CHP-160-Jack Jones and the FAU China Convoy 1945-1951
Oct 3, 2015 • 46 min
Jack Jones is the bearded one in the image. His story is told today in this little snapshot of a not very well-known organization that operated in 1940’s China. The Friends Ambulance Unit, later re-named the Friends Service Unit, was a Quaker funded…
CHP-159-Chinese American Stars and Entertainers of Old Hollywood
Aug 31, 2015 • 45 min
In this episode Laszlo focuses on the history of Chinese Americans in the early years of Hollywood. The period will focus on the 1920’s to the 1950’s. During those years Asian Americans had a rough time in Hollywood trying to break away from stereotypical…
CHP-158-The Rise and Fall of the Qin Part 2
Aug 15, 2015 • 64 min
This time Laszlo finishes off the Qin in two parts as promised. Apologies for the lopsidedness of it all. In this extra long episode Laszlo takes the Qin to their height and examines their legacy. The Qin Dynasty had a spectacular fall lasting only a few…
CHP-157-The Rise and Fall of the Qin Part 1
Aug 1, 2015 • 42 min
In this first of two episodes Laszlo gives Qin Shihuang, the subject of the first ever China History Podcast episode, a total makeover. The Historic Teas of China: Check it out right here:
CHP-156-Joseph Needham Part 2
Jul 8, 2015 • 49 min
In this Part 2 episode Laszlo continues his intro of Joseph Needham in 1943 right after Needham returned from his perilous adventure to the northwest of China to visit the sights of Dunhuang. We’ll conclude the life of Joseph Needham in this episode. He…
CHP-155-Joseph Needham Part 1
Jun 22, 2015 • 45 min
In this long awaited topic Laszlo introduces “The Man Who Loved China”, Dr. Joseph Needham. A true friend of China for most of his adult life, Needham’s contribution was the epic work “Science and Civilization in China”. Today this massive undertaking is…
CHP-154-The Secret Nüshu Script
May 21, 2015 • 27 min
In this shorter than usual episode Laszlo introduces a little piece of culture taken from the southern portion of Hunan Province. Generations of illiterate women from a single county on the Hunan-Guangxi border, denied education, created their own writing…
CHP-153-The History of Opium in China
Apr 27, 2015 • 40 min
In this episode Laszlo examines remarks made by distinguished UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman who had commented on Britain’s participation in the Opium War. The main point was that the cause of the Opium War was due more to protecting…
CHP-152-The Flying Tigers Part 2
Apr 3, 2015 • 46 min
Laszlo finishes off the CHP overview of the story of the AVG in World War II. In this episode the battle commences on December 20, 1941. From that point forward until the organization was disbanded on July 4, 1942 the Flying Tigers wrote their name into…
CHP-151-The Flying Tigers Part 1
Mar 21, 2015 • 36 min
In this Part 1 episode Laszlo provides all the setup and background for the magnificent story of the American Volunteer Group, known more popularly as The Flying Tigers. Their’s was only an eight month long story but their success at a time when all…
CHP-150-The History of the Hakka People
Feb 28, 2015 • 50 min
CHP-150-The Hakka’s In this milestone 150th CHP episode Laszlo shines a light on the Hakka people and where they fit in Chinese history. There are no shortages of authoritative sources that all disagree as to their origins ands when the Hakka’s migrated…
CHP-149-The History of Tea Part 10
Feb 5, 2015 • 51 min
In this final episode of the CHP’s ten-part History of Tea series Laszlo travels from province to province introducing the more famous of China’s teas. THE SPIRIT OF TEA, a book and traveling exhibition by tea lover and photographer Matthew London. This…
CHP-148-The History of Tea Part 9
Jan 24, 2015 • 53 min
In this penultimate episode of the China History Podcast History of Tea series Laszlo finishes off the story of Robert Fortune and introduces Sir Robert J. Lipton. This CHP long history of Chinese tea started off slow and in this Part 9 fizzles out…
CHP-147-The History of Tea Part 8
Jan 17, 2015 • 47 min
In this 8th installment of the CHP History of Tea series Laszlo introduces the story of Mr. Robert Fortune. With Britain’s East India Company bankrolling him, Fortune played a most key role in breaking China’s millennia old monopoly of tea manufacturing…
CHP-146-The History of Tea Part 7
Jan 4, 2015 • 37 min
In Part 7 of the CHP History of Tea series we look at what happened after Europeans first came to China and instantly fell in love with tea. The period covered in this episode is the late Ming and the Qing. THE SPIRIT OF TEA, a book and traveling…
CHP-145-The History of Tea Part 6
Dec 26, 2014 • 45 min
The China History Podcast’s ten part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode. The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty. Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities. THE SPIRIT OF TEA, a book and…
CHP-144-The History of Tea Part 5
Dec 20, 2014 • 43 min
The History of Tea continues with Part 5. In this episode Laszlo looks at tea in the Ming dynasty. This is when loose leaf tea, Jingdezhen and Yixing tea pots hit the big time.THE SPIRIT OF TEA, a book and traveling exhibition by tea lover and…
CHP-143-The History of Tea Part 4
Dec 13, 2014 • 45 min
This time in History of Tea Part 4 we continue along the timeline and look at tea in the Song Dynasty. Tea may have been brought to great heights during the Tang but during the Song.
CHP-142-The History of Tea Part 3
Dec 5, 2014 • 40 min
In Part 3 of the CHP ten-part history of tea series we look at the life of the Tea Saint, Lu Yu and his great work The Classic of Tea.
CHP-141-The History of Tea Part 2
Nov 29, 2014 • 44 min
Laszlo continues his 10-part series introducing the history of tea in China from ancient times to the modern age. This time the focus is on the 7th to 9th centuries during the Tang Dynasty. Tea by now has been transformed from a medicine to an enjoyable…
CHP-140-The History of Tea Part 1
Nov 21, 2014 • 48 min
Laszlo is back with a new ten-part CHP series covering the history of tea from its mythical discovery clear through to the 20th century. THE ANTHILLSHANGHAI HOMES by JIE LILink to CCTV Documentary THE STORY OF A LEAF
CHP-139-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 3
Jul 24, 2014 • 32 min
In this episode we will conclude our CHP overview of the life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. In this 3rd part of the series we’ll look at the last couple decades of Backhouse’s life. Backhouse remains in Beijing amidst all the turmoil going on…
CHP-138-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 2
Jul 24, 2014 • 37 min
Fast on the heels of Part 1 of this CHP overview of the life of the Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, we present Part 2 in this episode. We’ll look at the years 1911 to 1924, the years Backhouse committed a bunch of frauds and established himself in London…
CHP-137-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 1
Jul 24, 2014 • 39 min
In this episode we will begin a 3-part series covering the life of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. He lived from 1873 to 1944, spending more than half his life in Beijing. Backhouse is best known for the various frauds he committed over the…
CHP-136-Wong Chin Foo
Jun 28, 2014 • 62 min
Once again after an almost record-setting gap in the action, we look at a great but unknown Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo (王清福). Though not a well-known person from history, he nonetheless played a major role during the 1880’s and 1890’s fighting…
CHP-135 The Song Emperor Huizong Part 4
Jun 1, 2014 • 57 min
In this final installment of the history of the life and times of the emperor Huizong we look at the series of events that followed the Jürchens’ Seige of Kaifeng in 1126-1127. What followed was the Jingkang Incident that for centuries, made Chinese bow…
CHP-134-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 3
May 10, 2014 • 49 min
We continue on this episode examining the second decade of Huizong’s reign. The good times lasted about twenty years but all good things can’t go on forever. By 1120 Huizong is going to begin to see the handwriting on the wall. The years we look at today…
CHP-133-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 2
Apr 18, 2014 • 38 min
This time in Part 2 of our series we look at Huizong as he attempts to assemble his team and deal with bitter factional strife that was rampant since the Wang Anshi New Reforms. We also look at Huizong the great patron of the arts.
CHP-132-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 1
Mar 20, 2014 • 39 min
We’re going to begin a new series that will look at political, social and cultural life in the late Northern Song. The second the the last emperor Huizong will serve as our vehicle to examine this period in late 11th and early 12th century China.…
CHP-131-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 2
Mar 2, 2014 • 60 min
We’re going to finish off the last 45 years of Morris Two-Gun Cohen’s life in this extra-long episode. With Sun Yat-sen now gone, Morris Cohen worked hard to reinvent himself and remain relevant in the world of the Chinese business and politics. Morris…
CHP-130-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 1
Feb 23, 2014 • 45 min
Today I wanted to introduce a sort of lovable rogue who haunted the hotel lobbies of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London and Edmonton. Today’s subject was by no means a historic figure. In fact, I don’t think you can even call him a bit player.…
CHP-129-The Incident at Xuanwu Gate
Jan 19, 2014 • 35 min
In this episode we revisit the founding of the Tang Dynasty and focus in on the events leading up to, during and right after the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. This slice of historic theater took place on July 2, 626. It resulted in the victory of Li Shimin…
CHP-128-The History of American Chinese Cuisine
Dec 30, 2013 • 45 min
After a record-breaking pause in the action Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish off 2013. This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft requested topic here at the China History Podcast. This is…
CHP-127-The Birth of US-China Relations
Nov 27, 2013 • 60 min
In this episode we take a look at the circumstances and times when the brand spanking new nation of the USA came a calling to China for the very first time. The so-called “Most Important Relationship in the World” had very humble origins indeed. When…
CHP-126-Yelü Abaoji
Nov 3, 2013 • 49 min
This week we look at the Khitan people of the steppes. These people came from the lands in between Manchuria and Mongolia. Their most famous son was Yelü Abaoji who took his people to great heights in the early 10th century. His Liao Dynasty in the north…
CHP-125-Zhuge Liang
Oct 20, 2013 • 41 min
In this episode we explore the life and times of Zhuge Liang (181-234 AD). He’s a very good example of a well-known name from Chinese history that many have heard of but aren’t quite sure why. He lived during the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms periods.…
CHP-124-Sir Y.K. Pao
Oct 9, 2013 • 76 min
Today after a month-long break the CHP is back with another episode. This time we look at the life and times of Sir Y.K. Pao. In telling the story of Sir Yue-kong Pao (Bao Yugang in Mandarin) we can also relive the periods in China and Hong Kong during…
CHP-123-The History of the Chinese in Mexico
Sep 3, 2013 • 51 min
After the longest delay in between CHP episodes ever, we resume our Chinese history voyage. This time we look at a topic that isn’t particularly well-known but offers a glimpse of one sliver of the Chinese diaspora that began once the Qing Dynasty began…
CHP-122-The Chinese Civil War Part 4
Aug 5, 2013 • 42 min
In this part 4 episode we conclude our overview of the Chinese Civil War. After the Pingjin Campaign ended in January of 1949 it was time for the Communists to finish off what they started. Victory was imminent but by no means would it be easy and simple.…
CHP-121-The Chinese Civil War Part 3
Jul 14, 2013 • 46 min
This episode mainly covers the year 1948 and the three great campaigns that sealed Chiang Kai-shek’s fate on the Chinese mainland. The focus will be on the Liaoshen, Huaihai and Pingjin Campaigns that not only grabbed all of north China and Manchuria for…
CHP-120-The Chinese Civil War Part 2
Jun 30, 2013 • 40 min
This week’s episode focuses mainly on the year 1947. The Americans have now left and the NRA and PLA attack each other with all they got. The years starts out well for the Nationalists as they pummel the PLA in Manchuria and in the north. But once the…
CHP-119-The Chinese Civil War Part 1
Jun 10, 2013 • 47 min
In this week’s episode we begin a multi-part series covering the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949. In China this is known as the War of Liberation. In this Part 1 we will look at the background leading up to the war as well as failed attempts by the…
CHP-118-John Service Part 4
May 19, 2013 • 45 min
In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service. Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors. US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.…
CHP-117-John Service Part 3
May 7, 2013 • 53 min
This week’s episode runs way into overtime but at least we’re getting through to the end of 1944. The Dixie Mission is in full swing by the end of that year. John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and…
CHP-116-John Service Part 2
Apr 22, 2013 • 40 min
In this second episode covering the life of John S. Service we take a look at the general situation and the proliferation of mistrust and bad faith in wartime Chongqing. Chiang Kai-shek remains baffled and frustrated with American efforts to cozy up to…
CHP-115-John Service Part 1
Apr 9, 2013 • 46 min
This week we explore the life and times of John S. Service. I’m using writer Lynne Joiner’s book Honorable Survivor, Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service. This original “China Hand” was born in China and grew up in…
CHP-114-Shang Oracle Bones
Mar 28, 2013 • 39 min
This episode takes a slightly deeper look at the Shang Dynasty and their signature achievement, the oracle bone script. Some of this episode will be a repeat of things covered in CHP-015. Like the oldest parts of the oldest world civilizations a lot of…
CHP-113-Dr. Norman Bethune
Mar 14, 2013 • 41 min
This week we look at the Canadian and international hero Dr. Norman Bethune. Bethune is a staple among noted western friends and advisors who came to China in 1938 to help the Communists and the people in their struggle against the Japanese. He was not…
CHP-112-The Kaifeng Jews
Mar 2, 2013 • 38 min
This week we look at a topic many have heard about but aren’t familiar with the details. We look at the early origins of the Jewish people in China and the time of the settlement in Kaifeng, Henan. Although you’d be hard pressed to find a minyan amongst…
CHP-111-The Wu State
Feb 19, 2013 • 42 min
This week we delve back into the mists of ancient times to look at the State of Wu from the Spring & Autumn Period. Although they didn’t last long, the Wu State had a major impact on the development of the culture of the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai region.…
CHP-110-The History of Hong Kong Part 10
Feb 9, 2013 • 54 min
In this episode we will conclude our History of Hong Kong overview. We’ll look at the years following the 1967 riots and the reforms championed by Governor Murray MacLehose in the 1970′s and 80′s. We’ll close out this series by looking at the dramatic…
CHP-109-The History of Hong Kong Part 9
Jan 21, 2013 • 37 min
In this week’s episode we look at the year 1967 in Hong Kong. The words “riots” and “1967″ go hand in hand when talking about Hong Kong history. Although the events that went down between May and December of 1967 caused death, mayhem and destruction…
CHP-108-The History of Hong Kong Part 8
Jan 9, 2013 • 43 min
After a bit of a break we pick up after the the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. The 1950′s was a stressful time for Hong Kong with Britain managing a diplomatic balancing act trying to be a good neighbor to the new PRC and to their closest ally, the…
CHP-107-The History of Hong Kong Part 7
Dec 24, 2012 • 40 min
Jiu yi ba 九一八 9-18, September 18, 1931 Mukden (Shenyang) Incident Wong Nai Chong Gap 黃泥涌峽 Gap on rocky Hong Kong island where one can go from north to south. San nian ling bage yue 三年零八个月 The 3 years and 8 months (of Japanese occupation) Kempeitai 宪兵队 The…
CHP-106-The History of Hong Kong Part 6
Dec 15, 2012 • 40 min
In this latest installment of the CHP History of Hong Kong overview we look at the years from Governors Nathan to Peel. The modern age comes to Kong Kong along with plenty of fallout and spillover from the upheavels going on in China in the 1920′s and…
CHP-105-The History of Hong Kong-Part 5
Dec 2, 2012 • 42 min
In this fifth installent of our Hong Kong history overview we look at the final couple decades of the 19th century. Hong Kong’s second generation is coming to the fore. They are a better educated and more sophisticated lot than those Chinese who came…
CHP-104-The History of Hong Kong Part 4
Nov 17, 2012 • 42 min
We continue this overview series on the history of Hong Kong. This time we pick up right after the Treaty of Nanjing and look at the early efforts to get this colony up and running. The first couple decades of Crown Colony of Hong Kong weren’t easy and…
CHP-103-The History of Hong Kong Part 3
Nov 8, 2012 • 37 min
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Chuanbi Caoyue 穿鼻草约 The Convention of Chuen-pi Nanjing Tiaoyue 南京条约 The Treaty of Nanjing Qishan 琦善 Manchu official and Elliot’s counterpart in negotiations Daoguang Emperor 道光帝 Emperor of China during the Opium Wars Huangpu 黄埔…
CHP-102-The History of Hong Kong Part 2
Oct 26, 2012 • 39 min
In part two of Laszlo’s overview of the history of Hong Kong, we look at the Canton System and the leadup to hostilities that culminated in the Treaty of Nanjing that ceded Hong Kong in perpituity to the British crown. In this episode we’ll get as far as…
CHP-101-The History of Hong Kong Part 1
Oct 13, 2012 • 25 min
Laszlo is back after another long delay. In this shorter than usual episode, The China History Podcast presents Part 1 of a multi-part series that will explore the history of Hong Kong. In this introductory episode, Laszlo starts at the very beginning and…
CHP-099-Sidney Rittenberg
Sep 26, 2012 • 45 min
In this episode we introduce American Sidney Rittenberg, 李敦白,known by the title of his 1993 book as “The Man Who Stayed Behind.” He arrived in China in his 20′s at the end of WWII and witnessed the Chinese Revolution from a front row seat. When the US…
CHP-098-Ricci, Schall and Verbiest
Sep 17, 2012 • 52 min
In this longer than usual episode, we feature the three giants of the Jesuit China Mission of the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition to their work in introducing Catholicism to China, these three men, Matteo Ricci, Johann Adam Schall von Bell and…
CHP-096-Wang Xizhi
Sep 1, 2012 • 28 min
This episode we look at Wang Xizhi, a man of letters who achieved greatness during the Eastern Jin dynasty and is called China’s greatest calligrapher. His life and achievements will be explored along with the significance of calligraphy in Chinese…
CHP-095-Yue Fei
Aug 23, 2012 • 35 min
Like Guan Yu in the previous episode 081, Yue Fei of the Southern Song Dynasty was a heroic and legendary military man in Chinese history. He dedicated his life to resisting the aggression of the Jurchens of the Jin dynasty. The Jurchens had booted the…
CHP-094-Zheng He Part 3
Aug 15, 2012 • 38 min
We close out our three part series on the amazing life of Admiral Zheng He and his seven voyages. This time the CHP looks at retired submarine commander Gavin Menzies and his take on what Zheng He achieved. He makes some wild claims that have been…
CHP-093-Zheng He Part 2
Aug 8, 2012 • 46 min
We continue on with the voyages of Zheng He. This time we we look at some of the highlights from all seven voyages. Then after the Yong Le and Xuan De emperors pass from the scene, no further emperors are interested to put their seal of approval on any…
CHP-092-Zheng He Part 1
Jul 29, 2012 • 41 min
Laszlo is back after more than two weeks on the lam. This time we look at part 1 of a series featuring the great adventurer/explorer/diplomat Zheng He. Zheng He’s seven voyages to India, Persia and the east coast of Africa created a big sensation in the…
CHP-091-Xiang Yu
Jul 11, 2012 • 43 min
We’re back in ancient days again, this time the short period in between the Qin and Han Dynasties when two great leaders, Xiang Yu and Liu Bang, contended for the throne left vacant by the deceased first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang. Xiang Yu has gone…
CHP-090-The Cultural Revolution Part 8
Jul 2, 2012 • 31 min
In this final episode of the Cultural Revolution overview we look at the events that went down in 1976 as well as the massive mopping up operation that took place after the fall of the Gang of Four. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Babaoshan 八宝山 Cemetery in…
CHP-089-The Cultural Revolution Part 7
Jun 25, 2012 • 42 min
In this week’s episode we get all the way up to the end of 1975. With Zhou Enlai ailing and Mao Zedong also not long for the world, there is a sudden urgency to find a successor to the chairman. Now more than ever the two opposing camps take every measure…
CHP-088-The Cultural Revolution Part 6
Jun 19, 2012 • 36 min
In this episode we finish off 1969, a year that not only saw internal revolt and anarchy but also saw armed border confrontation with the Soviet Union in the freezing northeast. Chairman Mao Zedong pulls out all the stops to quell the violence and…
CHP-087-The Cultural Revolution Part 5
Jun 12, 2012 • 47 min
In the fifth installment of our China History Podcast overview of the Cultural Revolution we look at the milestone events of 1967: The February Countercurrent, 8 Point Program, 10 Point Program and the Wuhan Incident. Lots of blood and violence during…
CHP-086-The Cultural Revolution Part 4
Jun 3, 2012 • 36 min
The second half of 1966 and into 1967 saw some of the worst excesses of the Cultural Revolution. In this episode the violence spreads throughout China and anyone with something to hide about their class background is tracked down and forced to endure the…
CHP-085-The Cultural Revolution Part 3
May 28, 2012 • 35 min
In this third episode of Laszlo’s Cultural Revolution Overview we only advance 18 days in August of 1966. Momentous and shocking events happen one after another, day after day. With the announcement of the 16 Points, now the Cultural Revolution has a…
CHP-084-The Cultural Revolution Part 2
May 20, 2012 • 40 min
This week Laszlo takes us up to August 1966 with this Cultural Revolution overview. After a nine month hiatus down in the Hangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan, Mao is now back in Beijing and ready to mount his attack on the party leadership and unleash the…
CHP-083-The Cultural Revolution Part 1
May 13, 2012 • 35 min
By popular demand Laszlo begins to trace the history of the Cultural Revolution. This week’s episode looks at the events leading up to the moment in 1966 when Mao called for the people to Bombard the Headquarters and to tear down the government. Terms…
CHP-082-The History of China-India Relations
Apr 30, 2012 • 31 min
Firstly, Laszlo apologizes in advance for the horrific pronounciation of all terms Hindi. This week the topic is the history behind Sino-Indian relations. This is an extremely emotive, complex and sometimes incendiary topic, conveniently encapsulated in…
CHP-081-Guan Yu
Apr 22, 2012 • 23 min
Known by many names, Guan Yu, Guan Gong, Guan Di, this great man of loyalty, integrity and justice lived during the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty. His oath of brotherhood with Liu Bei and Zhang Fei is the stuff of legends and remembered to this…
CHP-080-Bo Yibo
Apr 13, 2012 • 27 min
This week we look at a committed Communist Party leader who played an important role in steering China’s economy and financial system from 1949 to 1966 and during the Deng era. Like many other leaders of his generatiom, Shanxi-born Bo Yibo suffered…
CHP-079-Carl Crow
Apr 5, 2012 • 48 min
This time we look at Missouri-born Carl Crow (1883-1945). Though pretty much forgotten today, Carl Crow lived an amazing life and was a prolific writer. From his front row seats to many of the historic events in China between 1911-1937, Crow wrote many…
CHP-077 The Silk Road – Marco Polo
Mar 13, 2012 • 31 min
In this farewell look at the Silk Road, we discuss a few more interesting things and then give the travels and adventures of Marco Polo a once over. Terms used in this episode: Frances Wood: Did Marco Polo Go to China? China Between Empires: Mark Edward…
CHP-076 Buddhism and the Silk Road – Xuanzang
Mar 6, 2012 • 33 min
Another fortnight, another China History Podcast. We return to the Silk Road and focus our attention on the monk Xuanzang. His was an interesting life. Through looking at Xuanzang you can truly gain a sense of the importance of Buddhism in China, India…
CHP-075 Xi Jinping
Feb 20, 2012 • 33 min
Xi JInping left U.S. soil last night after taking in the Laker game at Staples Center. His visit this week went off without a hitch. Today we look at Xi Jinping’s life in the context of PRC history. This fifth generation leader is someone who has a rich…
CHP-073-The Early Years of the Silk Road
Feb 11, 2012 • 39 min
Laszlo’s back from Germany and after a long delay we pick up where we left off. In this episode we reacquaint ourselves with the background and early years of the Silk Road.
CHP-072 The Hong Kong Triads
Jan 23, 2012 • 31 min
The Triads of Hong Kong have an interesting historical past that shaped their development throughout the years. Today we look at their origins and some of the more important historic events that made them the violent international criminal gangs they are…
CHP-071 Ouyang Xiu
Jan 15, 2012 • 35 min
Now that we have Deng Xiaoping out of the way, we’re back looking at random topics throughout the ages. This week we look at the great Song Dynasty statesman and sage Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072). In this episode we’ll review aspects of the Northern Song…
CHP-070 Deng Xiaoping Part 8
Jan 7, 2012 • 38 min
Today we conclude our eight-part overview of Dr. Ezra Vogel’s recent biography of Deng Xiaoping. In this installment we focus on Deng’s dramatic and brilliant Southern Tour of January-February 1992.
CHP-069 Deng Xiaoping Part 7
Dec 30, 2011 • 37 min
After a holiday delay, Laszlo is back with the 7th and almost final episode of our overview of Ezra Vogel’s new biography of Deng. In this episode we look at the meat and potatoes of the Reform years from 1979 to 1989.
CHP-068 Deng Xiaoping Part 6
Dec 19, 2011 • 38 min
In this sixth installment of the Deng Xiaoping overview we focus in on 1978-1979. In this episode we see Deng return to power a third time. Deng immediately throws all his energy into advancing the cause of modernization in China. The age of reform takes…
CHP-067 Deng Xiaoping Part 5
Dec 15, 2011 • 37 min
This week’s episode looks at the exciting events that all went down in 1976. Deng Xiaoping is on the defensive thanks to his 1975 policies to revive the nation. But a concatenation of events will happen starting on January 8 and ending on October 6 that…
CHP-066 Deng Xiaoping Part 4
Dec 3, 2011 • 38 min
After a bit of a delay, this week we look again at Deng Xiaoping and his struggles during the Cultural Revolution Years from 1966 to 1975. Seems we still have a long way to go yet. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a possible new iTunes Feed for…
CHP-065 Deng Xiaoping Part 3
Nov 22, 2011 • 30 min
Today in Part 3 of our Deng Xiaoping overview we look at The Great One’s life from 1952 after his return from the Southwest Bureau all the way up to the start of the Cultural Revolution.
CHP-064 Deng Xiaoping Part 2
Nov 13, 2011 • 30 min
This time we continue on with our overview of the great leader Deng Xiaoping. We pick up in 1937 with the invasion by Japan, the civil war and the founding of the PRC. We examine Deng’s achievements all the way up to 1952, the year he left the Southwest…
CHP-063 Deng Xiaoping Part 1
Nov 7, 2011 • 31 min
Laszlo is happily back in Cali with a new episode that looks at the early years of Deng Xiaoping. Most of the narrative is based on passages gleaned from Ezra Vogel’s new biography of The Great One. Inspired by the events of May Fourth 1919, Deng Xiaoping…
CHP-062 Four Noted Foreigners Buried at Babaoshan
Oct 31, 2011 • 34 min
This time we take a look at four Westerners who committed their lives to the People’s Republic of China. These four foreigners, Agnes Smedley, Anna Louise Strong, George Hatem and Israel Epstein were all friends of China and were admired by China’s…
CHP-061 The First Twelve Months of the PRC
Oct 16, 2011 • 35 min
Today we jump over much of the history of the 1940′s and zero in on the moment when the PRC was officially established on Oct 1, 1949. Today’s podcast episode offers a general overview of the first year of the PRC and some of the multitude of challenges…
CHP-060 The Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors
Oct 7, 2011 • 20 min
Before we head back to modern times, we look at the mythological beginnings of the Chinese people and the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This period preceded China’s legendary Xia Dynasty and the beginnings of Chinese recorded history in the Shang.
CHP-059 The Duke of Zhou
Sep 28, 2011 • 18 min
This week we look at the immortal Zhou Gong, the Duke of Zhou. If he isn’t the most revered person from Chinese history, he’s certainly in the top three. He guided the earliest years of the Zhou Dynasty through treacherous times. Zhou Gong was responsible…
CHP-058 Sir Robert Hart
Sep 19, 2011 • 46 min
This week’s episode runs a little long as there won’t be anything for the following week. Today’s episode looks at the life and interesting career of Sir Robert Hart (赫德), an Ulsterman from Northern Ireland. For most of his life he lived in China in the…
CHP-057 Mid-Autumn Festival
Sep 10, 2011 • 23 min
Mid-Autumn Festival takes place every year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar. This year that date falls on September 12. The Chinese world will be celebrating the holiday in very much the same way that generations have enjoyed going…
CHP-056 China and Japan 1895-1945
Sep 2, 2011 • 36 min
Thanks to RL in Hefei for the inspiration, this week we take a look at China and Japan’s difficult history. We focus on the historical events that led to “2,000 years of friendship and 50 years of confrontation,” as CPCCC member Zhao Qizheng 赵启正 said…
CHP-055 The Shanghai Massacre 1927
Aug 29, 2011 • 33 min
Today we’re back with more history. We look at the Shanghai Massacre of April 12, 1927. This was the defining moment when Chiang Kai-shek and his allies and supporters made a bloody break with the Communists.
CHP-053 China in the Early 1920s
Aug 14, 2011 • 26 min
The 1920′s in Republican era China was anything but quiet and uneventful. In this episode we focus in on the general situation in China during the period of the early 1920′s. This was a time when the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) and KMT (Kuomintang) were…
CHP-052 Daoism Part 3
Aug 8, 2011 • 26 min
We close out our little overview of Daoism by looking at the most powerful and popular Daoist deities. In this episode you will meet the Three Pure Ones and the Eight Immortals with a focus on Lu Dongbin and Zhongli Quan.
CHP-051 Daoism Part 2
Jul 29, 2011 • 26 min
More Daoism this week. We look at Zhuangzi and trace the development of Daoism during the classical age from the Han Dynasty to the Tang
CHP-050 Daoism Part 1
Jul 20, 2011 • 32 min
In this week’s episode Laszlo tackles Daoism, a philosophy, a religion and way of life that everyone has heard about but not everyone learned the backstory. This time we look at the history and the times that spawned this most fertile of philosophies. In…
CHP-049 Sir Run Run Shaw
Jul 11, 2011 • 30 min
Today we have some lighter fare than usual. Nine months ago we looked at one great Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-shing. Today we look another. In this episode we look at the life and career of entertainment mogul Sir Run Run Shaw and the Shaw Brothers…
CHP-048 The Founding of the CCP
Jul 1, 2011 • 26 min
Thanks and 非常感谢 to listener Steaven who alerted me that the July 1st podcast was cut-off two thirds of the way through. After rallying the entirety of the resources here at the China History Podcast, we were able to resolve the problem and have…
CHP-047 Adventurer Zhang Qian
Jun 21, 2011 • 27 min
In this episode we look at the life of one of the bravest and greatest adventurers of ancient times. Zhang Qian was selected by the Han Dynasty Emperor Wu to make a political alliance with a distant central Asian people, the Yuezhi. Zhang Qian’s thirteen…
CHP-046 The May 4th Movement
Jun 15, 2011 • 36 min
May 4, 1919 was an historic day in modern Chinese history. The demonstration in Beijing and the subsequent movement brought seismic changes to Chinese culture, politics and literature. All the leaders of modern China who played a founding role in the…
CHP-045 The Aftermath of the Xinhai Revolution
Jun 6, 2011 • 36 min
The Qing Dynasty formally came to an end on February 12, 1912 when the last emperor Puyi abdicated. That same year the Republic of China was founded and had a very rocky start. In today’s episode we look at the immediate aftermath of the Xinhai Revolution…
CHP-044 The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
May 29, 2011 • 26 min
In an effort to bring some understanding to the recent proposed call for a resolution to formally acknowledge and express regret for banning Chinese immigration and other violated rights of the Chinese settlers, we examine the history of the Chinese…
CHP-042 Review of the Overviews
May 13, 2011 • 27 min
非常抱歉大家! Sorry for the few day delay. In a special collectors edition of the China History Podcast we review the Imperial China overviews of the past eight months. We’ll quickly review the whole period from 2200 BC to 1912. You can now follow the China…
CHP-041 The Qing Dynasty Part 7
May 3, 2011 • 46 min
In this episode we conclude our eight month overview of Chinese Imperial history from Yu the Great of the Xia Dynasty to Puyi of the Qing. After more than half a century of tragedy, upheaval, national humiliation and plenty of mass death and destruction,…
CHP-040 The Qing Dynasty Part 6
Apr 24, 2011 • 41 min
This week we look at China during the Tongzhi Era and part of the reign of Guangxu. This period from 1875 to 1895 is more of the same for China. More humiliation at the hands of foreigners. More scrambling to modernize. More imperial skullduggery. More…
CHP-039 The Qing Dynasty Part 5
Apr 17, 2011 • 41 min
We’re almost at the end of our Imperial China History Overview. In this segment of the China History Podcast we look at the continued misfortunes in China during the Xianfeng era, as the country is torn apart by the Taiping and Nian rebellions and revolts…
CHP-038 The Qing Dynasty Part 4
Apr 8, 2011 • 41 min
Here we begin the turbulent, bloody and historically humiliating 19th century in China. The first half century sees two emperors, Jiaqing and Daoguang stand by helplessly as China is torn apart by uprisings, anti-Manchu discontent, a financial crisis,…
CHP-037 The Qing Dynasty Part 3
Mar 30, 2011 • 33 min
In this episode we look at the bittersweet reign of the Qianlong emperor. The longest reigning emperor in Chinese imperial history, the Qianlong era saw the most splendid three decades for the Manchu’s of the Qing Dynasty. China reached its greatest…
CHP-036 The Qing Dynasty Part 2
Mar 23, 2011 • 20 min
In this episode we examine the Yongzheng emperor, the second of the three great Qing emperors who reigned during the most golden of times for the Manchu dynasty. A tireless emperor who was a wizard at managing the machine of state, he reigned for only…
CHP-035 The Qing Dynasty Part 1
Mar 17, 2011 • 28 min
In this first episode covering the Qing Dynasty we look at the Shunzhi emperor and his son, the Kangxi emperor. The 61 year reign of the Kangxi emperor was the longest in imperial Chinese history. The Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong eras saw the Qing…
CHP-034 The Ming Dynasty Part 4
Mar 6, 2011 • 42 min
We finish off our overview of the Ming Dynasty in this episode and also trace the rise of the Manchu’s. The period from the Jiajing emperor to the tragic suicide of the Chongzhen emperor saw a slow and steady decline in the fortunes of the Ming dynasty.
CHP-033 The Ming Dynasty Part 3
Feb 28, 2011 • 37 min
In today’s episode we look at Ming Dynasty China from the reigns of Xuande to Jiajing. This period in Chinese history was witnessing momentous changes. The dynasty suffers a terrible debacle in 1449. Portugal was becoming a regular visitor and sets up…
CHP-032 The Ming Dynasty Part 2
Feb 20, 2011 • 30 min
In this week’s episode we examine the second great emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the Yongle [Yong - Leh] emperor who reigned 1402-1424. This tireless emperor waged campaigns against the Mongols in the north, the Vietnamese in the south and sent sailing…
CHP-031 The Ming Dynasty Part 1
Feb 12, 2011 • 26 min
Laszlo is back, finally, after a longer layoff than expected. This week we look at the end of the Yuan dynasty and the founding of the Ming Dynasty. We look at the first emperor Ming Taizu, a.k.a. The Hongwu Emperor. With the establishment of the Ming…
CHP-030 Chinese New Year
Feb 1, 2011 • 24 min
This week we take a break from the history to look at the background and the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year. Laszlo will be back next time to pick up where we left off after the fall of the Song Dynasty. On behalf of everyone here at the China…
CHP-029 The Southern Song Dynasty
Jan 25, 2011 • 26 min
In this week’s episode Laszlo finishes off the Song Dynasty after the Jin Empire captures the royal family and sacks the capital in Kaifeng. The Song dynasty continues on with the new capital in the south of China, below the Yangzi River. Despite perilous…
CHP-028 The Northern Song Dynasty
Jan 18, 2011 • 43 min
This week’s episode runs a little longer than usual. In it we examine the Northern Song Dynasty from 960 to 1127. This was a precarious time for China. Despite three potentially menacing non-Han empires surrounding them to the north and west, China once…
CHP-027 Tang Dynasty Part 3 – Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
Jan 9, 2011 • 31 min
In today’s final installment covering the history of the great Tang Dynasty, we look at its agonizing decline until 907 when it is pushed aside and another period of disunity sets in. Five Dynasties reign in the north, all short lived and not spectacular…
CHP-026 Tang Dynasty Part 2
Jan 2, 2011 • 27 min
Laszlo is back after a holiday illness to continue where we left off in 705 with the passing of Wu Zetian. After an initial golden age during the Taizong emperor, the Tang will reach new heights of glory under Tang Minghuang a.k.a. the Xuanzong emperor.…
CHP-025 Tang Dynasty Part 1
Dec 8, 2010 • 25 min
As the Sui peters out, Li Yuan, the Duke of Tang, seizes power and establishes the Tang Dynasty in 618. Along with the Song, the Tang Dynasty is considered the pinnacle of China’s long history. In culture, art, poetry, painting, ceramics, science,…
CHP-024 The Sui Dynasty
Nov 30, 2010 • 20 min
The demise of the Southern & Northern Dynasties brought us a China unified under the Sui emperors Wen and Yang. This ephemeral dynasty laid the groundwork for the splendor of the Tang dynasty. Lasting only 37 years, the Sui Dynasty doesn’t get the…
CHP-023 The Southern and Northern Kingdoms
Nov 23, 2010 • 34 min
The Southern & Northern Dynasties were a collection of dynasties that lasted 170 years and preceded the time of unification under the Sui Dynasty. North of the Yangzi River you had the Northern Wei, the Northern Qi and the Northern Zhou. South of the…
CHP-022 The Three Kingdoms and the Jin Dynasty
Nov 15, 2010 • 32 min
This week we are back with more Chinese history. We will look at a very confusing but exciting time when there was mostly a period of disunity and China was broken up into contending kingdoms. However this period of chaos brought us some of the richest…
CHP-020 The Han Dynasty Part 3
Oct 29, 2010 • 31 min
In this final installment of the Han Dynasty overview we look at the reign of Wang Mang during the short lived Xin Dynasty and the Eastern (or Later) Han Dynasty that followed. The Eastern Han was a period of endless skullduggery at the imperial court…
CHP-019 The Han Dynasty Part 2
Oct 20, 2010 • 30 min
Today we present the second part of the Western Han Dynasty overview where we will look at the great Han emperors Wendi, Jingdi and perhaps the greatest of them all, Han Wudi. It was a golden age in Chinese history and saw the first indirect contact…
CHP-018 The Han Dynasty Part 1
Oct 12, 2010 • 22 min
In this week’s episode we look at only the first few decades of the Western Han Dynasty. The Western Han lasted from 202BC to 8AD. We’ll focus in on the fall of the Qin and the rise of Liu Bang who went on to found the Han Dynasty. Liu Bang would reign as…
CHP-017 The Eastern Zhou Dynasty
Sep 28, 2010 • 29 min
In this episode we look at the second phase of the Zhou Dynasty. This period was known as the Eastern Zhou. The Eastern Zhou was broken down between the Spring & Autumn Period and the Warring States Period. It lasted from 770 to 221BC. From this chaotic…
CHP-016 The Western Zhou Dynasty
Sep 22, 2010 • 19 min
Today we take a 走马看花 look at the 790 year Zhou Dynasty, the longest dynasty in Chinese history. In this episode we will particularly focus on the Western Zhou Period which lasted for 275 years. Next week we will finish the Zhou Dynasty by examining the…
CHP-015 The Shang Dynasty
Sep 14, 2010 • 30 min
This week in part two of our dynasty overview, we examine the Shang Dynasty 1600 BC to 1046 BC. Chinese characters make their appearance for the first time. Artisans cast the most beautiful bronzes. Because of the discovery of archaeological evidence,…
CHP-014 The Xia Dynasty
Sep 7, 2010 • 17 min
In this episode we commence our Chinese imperial dynasty overview. It begins today with the Xia Dynasty 夏朝代. According to historiographer Sima Qian, this was the first dynasty of China. It’s origins and its demise and everything in between have all come…
CHP-013 Li Ka-shing
Sep 4, 2010 • 15 min
Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong billionaire tycoon who has played a great role in not only Hong Kong’s prosperity but in China’s as well. He is respected not only for his achievements in business and industry but also for his rise from humble beginnings in…
CHP-011 Kang Sheng
Aug 18, 2010 • 32 min
Kang Sheng 康生 was a sinister character from modern Chinese history who was both Chairman Mao’s close confidant and creator of China’s Secret Police.
CHP-009 Nixon’s Visit to China Pt 2
Jul 31, 2010 • 19 min
February 1972 “The week that changed the world”. We pick up where we left off last week with President Nixon’s historic visit to the PRC.
CHP-008 Nixon’s Visit to China Pt 1
Jul 27, 2010 • 30 min
Thirty-eight years ago President Nixon visited Peking, as it was called then, and jump started the normalization of relations between the two great nations of The United States and the People’s Republic of China. This was a story that played out over…
CHP-007 Wu Zetian
Jul 19, 2010 • 16 min
This week we look at the Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman from Chinese history to rule China as an emperor in her own name. Chinese names used in this episode: Wu Zetian 武则天 The only empress in China to rule in her own name Wu Zhao 武曌 Wu…
CHP-006 The Opium War
Jul 13, 2010 • 31 min
In this week’s episode we give an overview of the First Opium War, one of the most humiliating events in Modern Chinese history. From this event that culminated in the first of many unequal treaties in 1842, China began a steady downhill slide and…
CHP-004 The Great Leap Forward
Jun 29, 2010 • 34 min
The Great Leap Forward ( 大跃进) from 1958-1960 caused death and suffering to dozens of millions of people. It sounded like a workable idea but it didn’t turn out like Chairman Mao hoped. When looking back on the life of Mao Zedong, the Great Leap Forward is…
CHP-003 The Four Great Inventions
Jun 23, 2010 • 29 min
Today we look at the Four Great Inventions, the 四大发明, that Lord Francis Bacon hailed as having done more than anything else to transform completely the modern world and mark it off from antiquity and the Middle Ages. Today we examine the four great…
CHP-001 Introductory Episode
Jun 8, 2010 • 3 min
A warm welcome to everyone across the world and thank you for listening to the introductory episode of the China History Podcast. Each week we will bring you a different topic taken from the annals of 5,000 years of Chinese history. We’ll look at the…