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The China Questions, with Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi

57:26 | Feb 22nd, 2018

“We hear, in the media and in comments by politicians, a lot of very glib statements that oversimplify China, that suggest all of China is one thing or one way,” says Michael Szonyi, a professor of Chinese history and director of the Fairbank Center ...Show More
Searching for roots in China

1:07:05 | Jul 11th

This week, Kaiser chats with Huihan Lie, founder of the genealogical research startup MyChinaRoots, and with two of his colleagues, Clotilde Yap and Chrislyn Choo. The three have fascinating things to say about why a growing number of people are taki...Show More
Military Strategy and Politics in the PRC: A Conversation with Taylor Fravel

1:12:37 | Jul 3rd

This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Taylor Fravel, one of the world's leading authorities on the People's Liberation Army. Taylor has a brand-new book out called Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949, which examines the changes to t...Show More
Umbrella Revolution 2.0 – or something else? Antony Dapiran on the Hong Kong demonstrations

58:18 | Jun 27th

Antony Dapiran is a seasoned corporate lawyer who has worked in Hong Kong and Beijing for the last two decades. In that time, he’s become a historian of protests in Hong Kong and the author of City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong...Show More
A voice of reason within the Beltway: Ryan Hass vs. the so-called bipartisan consensus

1:06:14 | Jun 20th

Ryan Hass, who served as the Director for China on the National Security Council during President Barack Obama's second term, is alarmed at the direction that the U.S. policy toward China has been taking, and offers good sense on what we could be doi...Show More
A student leader 30 years after Tiananmen: Wu’er Kaixi reflects on the movement

1:22:30 | Jun 13th

This week, Kaiser is joined by Nury Turkel of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in an in-depth conversation with Wu'er Kaixi (Örkesh Dölet), best known as one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen protests that rocked Beijing 30 years ago. He talks a...Show More
China's New Red Guards: Jude Blanchette on China's Far Left

1:23:12 | Jun 6th

SupChina.direct — China consultants, on demand. Submit your project needs, and we will match you with qualified China consultants. This week, Kaiser sits down with Jude Blanchette in the Sinica South Studio in Durham, North Carolina, to talk about J...Show More
Charlene Barshefsky on Trump’s Trade War

38:29 | May 30th

This week on the Sinica Podcast, we are happy to share a live recording from the third annual SupChina Women’s Conference. Jeremy and Kaiser sat down with Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, now a senior international partner at the law firm of WilmerHa...Show More
Chinese Investment: Beyond the USA

55:03 | May 23rd

This week's podcast was recorded at the Caixin "Talking China's Economy: 2019 Forecasts and Strategies" conference in Chengdu in April. Kaiser spoke with Professor Hé Fān 何帆 of the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiaotong Univer...Show More
‘Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy,’ with Sulmaan Wasif Khan

1:00:06 | May 16th

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Sulmaan Wasif Khan, assistant professor of international history and Chinese foreign relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, about his book, Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from...Show More
Howard French on how China's past shapes its present ambitions

57:01 | May 9th

On this week's show, recorded live in New York on April 3, Kaiser and Jeremy have a wide-ranging chat with former New York Times China correspondent Howard French, now a professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism. We talk about his book ...Show More
Strength in Numbers: USTR veteran Wendy Cutler on managing trade with China

36:37 | May 2nd

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Wendy Cutler, vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute, about a new paper she has authored that calls for coordination between the U.S. and other countries in managing issues related to Chin...Show More
An American Futurist in China: Alvin Toffler and Reform & Opening

46:26 | Apr 25th

This week on Sinica, China-watching wunderkind Julian Gewirtz joins Kaiser and Jeremy to chat about his recent paper on the American futurist Alvin Toffler (author of Future Shock and The Third Wave), who found a surprisingly receptive audience in th...Show More
Mark Rowswell a.k.a. Dashan Live at the Bookworm Literary Festival

1:08:41 | Apr 18th

China's most famous Canadian, Mark Rowswell, became famous — or at least "feimerse" — after appearing in the Spring Festival Gala on CCTV in 1990. In recent years, he's pioneered a hybrid between the xiangsheng (相声 xiàngsheng; crosstalk) for which he...Show More
Peter Lorentzen's data-driven analysis of Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign

50:01 | Apr 11th

Is the ongoing anti-corruption drive a sincere effort to root out official wrongdoing? Or is it a political purge of the enemies of Xí Jìnpíng 习近平? These questions have been hotly debated since the outset of the campaign in 2013. Now Peter Lorentzen ...Show More
An update on the Xinjiang crisis with Nury Turkel

46:21 | Apr 4th

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 ...Show More
Samm Sacks on the U.S.-China tech relationship

54:47 | Mar 28th

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, touch...Show More
China, the U.S., and Kenya

1:08:18 | Mar 21st

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 Kenya...Show More
Is there really an epidemic of self-censorship among China scholars

1:23:53 | Mar 14th

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, as...Show More
Everything you ever wanted to know about Taiwan but were afraid to ask, Part 2

57:13 | Mar 7th

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 th...Show More
Everything you ever wanted to know about Taiwan but were afraid to ask, Part 1

1:00:25 | Feb 28th

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 ...Show More
Sinica Live with Zha Jianying: Dealing with the troublemakers

1:13:11 | Feb 21st

This week, Sinica is live from Fordham Law School in New York City! This episode features Zhā Jiànyīng 查建英, journalist and author of China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture and Tide Players: The Movers and Sha...Show More
Introducing the Middle Earth podcast

46:49 | Feb 18th

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 intern...Show More
China’s ethnic policy in Xinjiang and Tibet: The move toward assimilation

1:03:00 | Feb 14th

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, pro...Show More
Live from the US-China Business Council: The bilateral trade relationship in 2019

39:28 | Feb 7th

This week on the Sinica Podcast, we’re live from the US-China Business Council’s Forecast 2019 Conference in Washington, D.C. This show was recorded on January 31 — the day (and hour) that Donald Trump met with China’s top official in charge of trade...Show More
Mexican and Canadian diplomats in a changing, challenging China

56:34 | Jan 31st

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...Show More
The U.S. and China: Cold war, or hot air?

58:12 | Jan 24th

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 ...Show More
Gene-edited babies, CRISPR, and China’s changing ethical landscape

46:00 | Jan 17th

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Christina Larson, a science and technology reporter for the Associated Press, about a major story that her team broke: the Chinese scientist Hè Jiànkuí 贺建奎 announcement that he had edited the genes of ...Show More
Huawei and the tech cold war

1:01:15 | Jan 10th

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...Show More
Meng Wanzhou’s arrest: The legal dimension

53:18 | Jan 3rd

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...Show More
40 years of reform and opening up, with Jude Blanchette

1:11:58 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 b...Show More
Blaming China

58:23 | Dec 13th, 2018

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 l...Show More
The Nature Conservancy in China

55:56 | Dec 6th, 2018

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 focu...Show More
‘Shaken Authority’: Party-speak, propaganda, and the Sichuan earthquake of 2008

59:16 | Nov 29th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Mythbusting China’s social credit system

59:01 | Nov 22nd, 2018

This week on Sinica, Kaiser traveled across the Atlantic to host a live podcast at the Asia Society of Switzerland in Zurich. The topic of discussion is the social credit system (SCS) in China, a fiercely debated and highly controversial subject in t...Show More
Shadow banking, P2P lending, and pyramid schemes: Lucy Hornby on China's gray economy

51:44 | Nov 15th, 2018

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 sur...Show More
Introducing the Ta for Ta Podcast

56:59 | Nov 8th, 2018

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 profess...Show More
Kevin Rudd on Xi Jinping’s worldview

1:10:32 | Nov 1st, 2018

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, throug...Show More
Danny Russel on the rebalancing and decoupling

1:24:01 | Oct 25th, 2018

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 Soci...Show More
Kai-Fu Lee and the U.S.-China AI rivalry

42:18 | Oct 18th, 2018

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 comm...Show More
Nury Turkel and the Uyghur plight

1:07:11 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 an...Show More
Introducing the ChinaEconTalk podcast

45:37 | Oct 4th, 2018

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...Show More
Xi Jinping's long, hot summer

57:43 | Sep 27th, 2018

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 lead...Show More
Paul Haenle on North Korea, Taiwan, U.S.-China relations, and more

1:02:58 | Sep 20th, 2018

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. Thei...Show More
China's 'reliable friendship' with Pakistan, explained by Andrew Small

56:45 | Sep 13th, 2018

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 i...Show More
The strange tale of a kung-fu master in Madagascar

57:17 | Sep 6th, 2018

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and Kaiser chat with Jackson Miller, a master’s candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s public policy program. Jackson’s research of illegal trade in Malagasy hardwood led him to discover the bizarre story of Gao Jose Ra...Show More
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 3

57:29 | Aug 30th, 2018

This week on Sinica, we bring you part 3 of Kaiser and Jeremy’s interview with Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (see part 1 here, and part 2 here). In the final stretch of the conversation, Ambassador Freeman talks about U.S.-China military cooperation in the 19...Show More
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 2

1:04:49 | Aug 23rd, 2018

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 ex...Show More
Legendary diplomat Chas W. Freeman, Jr., on U.S.-China strategy and history: Part 1

1:13:39 | Aug 16th, 2018

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 Arabi...Show More
Introducing the NüVoices Podcast

50:29 | Aug 9th, 2018

Today, we’re very proud to present a new podcast in the Sinica network on SupChina. It’s called NüVoices, and it’s a show all about women in China, with a focus on women in media and the arts. It’s hosted by Alice Xin Liu, a translator originally fro...Show More
City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir

1:08:18 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 tw...Show More
Australia's Beijing problem

1:00:47 | Jul 26th, 2018

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 Chin...Show More
Poisonous pandas: Cigarette smoking in China

1:07:55 | Jul 19th, 2018

This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Matthew Kohrman, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University, about his work on China’s tobacco industry – and why China isn’t doing more to curb smoking. His new book on the...Show More
China's hydro dam ambitions and their consequences

47:20 | Jul 12th, 2018

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...Show More
China’s growing hacking power, with Kevin Collier and Priscilla Moriuchi

58:03 | Jul 5th, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Sinica Podcast, taped live in New York at the law offices of Dorsey and Whitney on June 19, Kaiser and Jeremy chat about DEF CON, the world’s premier hacker convention, which was — to the surprise of many — held in Beiji...Show More
Kurt Campbell on U.S.-China diplomacy

57:24 | Jun 28th, 2018

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 c...Show More
The saga of CEFC and China's push into Central and Eastern Europe

52:50 | Jun 21st, 2018

This week’s show was recorded in Prague, where major developments in the continuing saga of a mysterious Chinese company called CEFC, with deep ties to the Czech president, Milos Zeman, unfolded during a recent visit by Kaiser. He spoke with Martin H...Show More
Andrew Chubb on Chinese nationalism and its influence on maritime behavior

56:22 | Jun 14th, 2018

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, ...Show More
China’s security picture, from North Korea to the South China Sea

58:11 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 Ch...Show More
Talking trade and tech with Yasheng Huang

1:09:28 | May 24th, 2018

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 Man...Show More
China's international relations, with Jiang Changjian, Ira Kasoff, and Anthony Saich

1:20:37 | May 17th, 2018

Today, we bring you a special live panel discussion from the 2018 Harvard College China Forum on China's international relations. The panelists are: Jiang Changjian – associate professor of international studies, Fudan University; host, The Brain (最...Show More
Virginia Tan on women and work in China

52:32 | May 10th, 2018

What challenges do women face in the workplace in China? What fears, motivations, and priorities do women in China have, and how are they different from men’s? How can we help women to overcome barriers and achieve success in all areas of their life?...Show More
Introducing TechBuzz China by Pandaily, plus Joanna Chiu on Hong Kong’s illicit wildlife trade

56:39 | May 3rd, 2018

Big news: The Sinica Podcast network is expanding! Today, we introduce a new podcast: TechBuzz China by Pandaily, a weekly show about technology, innovation, and startups in China, created by Pandaily, a China-focused tech news site. The show is co-h...Show More
Gao Yutong on the Chinese student experience in America

54:23 | Apr 26th, 2018

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....Show More
Live from Beijing: David Moser and Jess Meider on jazz in China

1:02:04 | Apr 19th, 2018

This week's podcast was recorded live on March 13 at The Bookworm in Beijing as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival, which is why you'll notice the prolonged and decidedly rambunctious audience pop at the start of the show. No matter where Sinica ...Show More
All sorts of swindles in the late Ming society, with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk

52:31 | Apr 12th, 2018

This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk, both professors at the University of British Columbia, about their translation of Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (骗经 piànjīng), by Zhang Yingyu 张应俞. Anyo...Show More
Why China and North Korea are not as close as you think: Ma Zhao and John Delury talk history

1:03:40 | Apr 5th, 2018

The dominant narrative in the U.S. about China’s relationship with the small northeastern neighbor is relentlessly one-sided. For decades, American officials have referenced Mao Zedong’s famous (though slightly mistranslated) description that North K...Show More
The Chinese Communist Party’s refusal to reconcile with its past, explained by Orville Schell

55:02 | Mar 29th, 2018

“Can a society which has not...come to terms with its own past go on to have a successful future, or do the sins of the past somehow...come back to haunt it and reexpress themselves in some mutant form?” This is a question that the seasoned historian...Show More
The Chinese student experience in America, with Siqi Tu and Eric Fish

1:03:51 | Mar 22nd, 2018

This week, our featured topic is Chinese students overseas. There are about 800,000 of them, and according to China’s Ministry of Education, nearly 80 percent choose to return to China soon after finishing their education. This group is referred to a...Show More
How China’s poverty alleviation program works, explained by Gao Qin

1:00:56 | Mar 15th, 2018

There is no question that China has seen a miracle of poverty reduction. According to the World Bank, since the economic reforms that started in 1978, economic growth in China has “lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty.” Chinese state me...Show More
China’s authoritarian revival, explained by Carl Minzner

1:02:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

This week, we have an inadvertently timely podcast on China’s authoritarian revival. Mere days before the episode’s recording, Chinese President Xi Jinping set the stage to extend his power to rule China indefinitely. As Carl Minzner, professor of la...Show More
Courts & torts: Driving the Chinese legal system

1:02:36 | Mar 1st, 2018

"Having read hundreds and hundreds of these cases, I have decided that I'm never going to drive in China." That is what Benjamin Liebman, the director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia University, concluded after his extensive revie...Show More
‘Critical’ journalism in China, explained by Maria Repnikova

1:06:21 | Feb 15th, 2018

Outside observers typically view China’s media as utterly shackled by the bonds of censorship, unable to critique the government or speak truth to power in any meaningful sense. In part, this is true — censorship and other pressures do create “no-go”...Show More
Kishore Mahbubani on China’s rise and America’s myopia

54:32 | Feb 8th, 2018

China, as we say at the beginning of each Sinica Podcast episode, is a nation that is reshaping the world. But what does that reshaping really look like, and how does — and should — the world react to China’s role in globalization? Few are better pla...Show More
Gerry Shih on China’s Uyghur Muslims, under pressure at home and abroad

55:00 | Feb 1st, 2018

Associated Press (AP) reporter Gerry Shih was hard at work in 2017 writing a remarkable series of articles on China’s Uyghur Muslim minority. By traveling not just to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where 10 to 15 million Uyghurs live, but...Show More
Yukon Huang, the China economy contrarian

57:56 | Jan 26th, 2018

Yukon Huang thinks that China’s economy is extremely unconventional. Unsurprisingly, then, that nearly all the conventional economic wisdom we hear about this economy — particularly the two hugely popular poles of opinion that treat it as either an u...Show More
Jerry Yang of Yahoo: Why I Believed in Alibaba

1:24:19 | Jan 17th, 2018

This week on Sinica, we bring you a special preview of a new podcast called 996 Podcast with GGV Capital, which we are very excited to co-produce. Subscribe to the 996 Podcast here on iTunes, and here on Stitcher.  GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Z...Show More
Inside China’s AI revolution, with Jessi Hempel

49:01 | Jan 11th, 2018

China is a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. If you had said that even five years ago — or in many circles, as recently as three years ago — you might have been laughed out of the room. But around the spring of 2015, a recognit...Show More
Jiayang Fan on beauty in China

1:03:07 | Dec 28th, 2017

Jiayang Fan is a staff writer at the New Yorker who writes on many topics, but in the past year, has penned several one-of-a-kind pieces on Chinese society. She has been on Sinica before to discuss why so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump. Her ...Show More
Stephen Roach on the unhealthy economic codependency of China and America

1:14:27 | Dec 21st, 2017

Stephen Roach is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management. He was formerly the chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s chief economist, positions of immens...Show More
Rana Mitter on studying the Nanjing Massacre

1:03:58 | Dec 14th, 2017

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, which began with the fall of the capital of the Republic of China on December 13, 1937. Few events in modern Chinese history have a historical valence co...Show More
Scott Tong on his surprising family history

1:05:54 | Dec 7th, 2017

NOTE: If you haven’t read the book and are allergic to spoilers, please be aware that the interesting surprises of Scott’s story are discussed in this podcast.   Scott Tong is a reporter for American Public Media’s Marketplace, and from 2006 to 2010,...Show More
Why China needs a #MeToo campaign but won’t allow it: A conversation with Leta Hong Fincher

1:02:05 | Nov 30th, 2017

Leta Hong Fincher is the author of the book Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China and the upcoming book Betraying Big Brother: The Rise of China's Feminist Resistance, and a regular commentator on the state of feminism and gend...Show More
When American pilots fell out of the Chinese sky

1:06:24 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Everyone knows, or at least recognizes, the image of the Flying Tigers (飞虎队 fēihǔduì). The shark-faced noses of these American airmen’s planes streaked across the skies of China, as they racked up an impressive string of successes in defending China ...Show More
Jane Perlez on Trump’s visit to Beijing

49:33 | Nov 16th, 2017

Jane Perlez is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beijing bureau chief of the New York Times, and her own reporting focuses on China's foreign policy, in particular its relations with the United States and China’s Asian neighbors. She was previously on Sinic...Show More
Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post

59:17 | Nov 9th, 2017

The South China Morning Post has been up to big things recently — and faced big doubts from those who worry about its editorial independence as Hong Kong’s paper of record. In late 2015, it was announced that the paper would be acquired by Chinese ec...Show More
Takeaways from China’s 19th Party Congress, with Bill Bishop and Jude Blanchette

1:08:21 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Today we welcome back to the show two regular Sinica guests, Bill Bishop and Jude Blanchette, to discuss the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress, which wrapped up on October 24 in Beijing. Bill Bishop authors the Sinocism newsletter, an essential res...Show More
The China-Africa relationship, a decade after its blossoming

57:24 | Oct 26th, 2017

Lina Benabdallah is an assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest University in North Carolina who recently completed a Ph.D. focusing on South-South cooperation. Much of her research was on the ties between China and countries in Africa...Show More
Authoritarian schooling in Shanghai vs. the American approach

59:46 | Oct 19th, 2017

When American journalist Lenora Chu moved to Shanghai, she faced tough choices about where and how to educate her kindergarten-age son. She chose an elite state-run school down the street, but soon found that its authoritarian teaching style offended...Show More
A conversation with Chinese adoptees in the U.S.

50:53 | Oct 12th, 2017

In April 1992, China implemented a law that, for the first time, allowed families from other countries to adopt Chinese children. Since then, around 120,000 Chinese have been adopted abroad, with 80,000 finding a home in the United States. But when a...Show More
Alarm bells in the ivory tower: Jim Millward on the Cambridge University Press censorship fiasco

57:07 | Oct 5th, 2017

On August 17, 2017, the global community of China scholars erupted in outrage over one particular and unusual case of censorship in China — the decision of Cambridge University Press (CUP) to comply with requests to censor 315 articles deemed sensiti...Show More
Richard McGregor on the complicated ties between China, Japan, and the U.S. since World War II

1:07:21 | Sep 28th, 2017

Richard McGregor is the former Washington and Beijing bureau chief of the Financial Times, and a notable writer on Chinese politics. His last book was The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers. His new book, Asia's Reckoning: China, Jap...Show More
North Korea behind the scenes, with Evan Osnos

43:54 | Sep 21st, 2017

North Korea is a mystery to nearly everyone — even those who have dedicated their lives to studying the country — including Korean experts based in Seoul, national security experts in Washington or Beijing, and a variety of foreigners who have spent ...Show More
China in drag: Michael Bristow discusses his new book on China’s — and one man’s — incredible transformation

53:28 | Sep 14th, 2017

Michael Bristow was stationed in Beijing as the Asia Pacific editor for the BBC World Service from 2005 to 2013. He has written a book called China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-Dresser, in which he recounts his time in China — his travels, his repor...Show More
China’s tightening grip on cyberspace

42:46 | Sep 7th, 2017

Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You may remember him from an episode of Sinica last year, when he disc...Show More
China’s environmental challenges: Overfishing, toxic soil, and unbreathable air

1:08:37 | Aug 31st, 2017

Lucy Hornby is a China correspondent for the Financial Times. She has previously been on Sinica to speak about China’s last surviving comfort women and about women’s representation in China expertise. Li Shuo is the Senior Climate & Energy Policy Off...Show More
U.S.-China relations after six months of Trump, with Susan Shirk and Stan Rosen

1:04:08 | Aug 24th, 2017

Has the last half year of turbulent U.S.-China relations and Chinese politics passed you by? Confused you? Perhaps you’d like a clear recap in plain English? If yes, then this is the podcast episode for you. Susan Shirk is a professor at the School o...Show More
Of dirty words and Party-speak: Sinica Podcast live in D.C.

1:07:14 | Aug 17th, 2017

Dirty words, politically incorrect phrases, the legal distinction between suspect and criminal, customs boundary versus national boundary, and better ways to refer to disabled people and minorities: All are discussed in the recent Xinhua style guide ...Show More
Gillian Wong and Josh Chin on journalism careers in China

53:20 | Aug 10th, 2017

Gillian Wong has been reporting from China since 2008 and is now the news director for Greater China at the Associated Press. High-profile stories Gillian has covered include the 2012 Tibetan self-immolations and the downfall of Bo Xilai 薄熙来. Her hus...Show More
China’s great spiritual revival

1:11:57 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Ian Johnson returns to the Sinica Podcast to introduce his new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. It tells the stories of different religious groups and the relationship of their b...Show More
Joan Kaufman on foreign nonprofits and academia in China

50:57 | Jul 27th, 2017

Joan Kaufman is a fascinating figure: Her long and storied career in China started in the early 1980s, when she was what she calls a “cappuccino-and-croissant socialist from Berkeley.” Today, she is the director for academics at the Schwarzman Schola...Show More
Straight talk on North Korea and China, with Lyle Goldstein

1:10:26 | Jul 20th, 2017

Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor and strategic researcher at the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, is an expert on Chinese and Russian security strategies. He is also an insightful commentator on what is going on behind...Show More
China’s Asian power play: Tom Miller on the future of Belt and Road

1:00:46 | Jul 13th, 2017

Tom Miller, senior Asia analyst and managing editor at Gavekal Research, joins Jeremy and Kaiser to discuss his new book, China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road. Miller combines policy analysis with his on-the-ground reporting f...Show More
Jerome A. Cohen on human rights and law in China

1:17:16 | Jul 6th, 2017

Professor Jerome A. Cohen began studying the law of what was then called “Red China” in the early 1960s, at a time when the country was closed off, little understood, and much maligned in the West. Legal institutions were just developing in that time...Show More
Guo Wengui: The extraordinary tale of a Chinese billionaire turned dissident, told by Mike Forsythe and Alexandra Stevenson

55:33 | Jun 29th, 2017

The life and times of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui 郭文贵 reads much like an epic play, so it is fitting that we have included with this podcast a dramatis personæ to explain the many characters in Guo’s story. Scroll to the bottom, below the recommen...Show More
David Rank, top U.S. diplomat, on why he resigned to protest Trump

48:58 | Jun 22nd, 2017

David Rank became the leading diplomat for one of America’s most important embassies during the transition when Iowa governor Terry Branstad formally succeeded former Montana senator Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China on May 24, 2017. He soon fou...Show More
Islamophobia in China, explained by Alice Su and Ma Tianjie

1:05:51 | Jun 15th, 2017

Islamophobia isn’t a phenomenon limited to Trump’s America or the Europe of Brexit and Marine Le Pen. It has taken root in China, too — in a form that bears a striking resemblance to what we’ve seen in recent years in the West. The Chinese Party-stat...Show More
How does investigative reporting happen in China? A conversation with Li Xin of <em>Caixin</em>

45:14 | Jun 8th, 2017

Li Xin 李昕 is the managing director of Caixin Global, the English-language arm of China’s most authoritative financial news source, Caixin. For over 10 years, she has worked closely with the editor-in-chief of Caixin, Hu Shuli 胡舒立, whose famously fear...Show More
Kai-Fu Lee on artificial intelligence in China

1:01:19 | Jun 1st, 2017

Kai-Fu Lee 李开复 is one of the most prominent figures in Chinese technology. He founded China’s noted early-stage venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures after launching and heading up Google’s China operations during their years of growth from 2005 t...Show More
Reporting on Trump as a member of Chinese media

49:18 | May 25th, 2017

ChiaChieh Tang 唐家婕, who also goes by Jane, is a Taiwanese reporter who works as the U.S. bureau chief for Sina News (新浪新闻 xīnlàng xīnwén) in Washington, D.C. She is one of a few members of the mainland Chinese media who regularly attend the White Hou...Show More
Joseph Nye, Jr.: Chinese power in the age of Donald Trump

56:44 | May 17th, 2017

When Joseph Nye, Jr., first used the phrase soft power in 1990 in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, China did not factor much into his calculus of world order: It had relatively little military and economic power, and non...Show More
The negotiator: Charlene Barshefsky

49:31 | May 11th, 2017

Charlene Barshefsky was a name you couldn’t avoid if you were in Beijing in the late 1990s. As the United States trade representative from 1997 to 2001, she led the American team that negotiated China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO)...Show More
Bill Bishop on what it takes to be a good China-watcher

1:01:41 | May 4th, 2017

China-watching isn’t what it used to be. Not too long ago, the field of international China studies was dominated by a few male Westerners with an encyclopedic knowledge of China, but with surprisingly little experience living in the country and spea...Show More
How can we amplify women’s voices on China?

53:31 | Apr 27th, 2017

From business to literature to politics, there is a huge pool of female expertise on China. But you wouldn’t know it if you examined the names of people who are quoted in the media and invited to China-themed panel discussions: They are mostly men. T...Show More
What actually happened at Mar-a-Lago?

57:22 | Apr 20th, 2017

As a career U.S. foreign service officer and the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. State Department, Susan Thornton has had a hand in the China policy of three successive American administrations. She ...Show More
Virginia Kamsky: A life of business in China

1:02:00 | Apr 13th, 2017

Virginia A. Kamsky, also known as Ginny, is one of the leading foreign businesspeople in China and a legend of the U.S.-China commercial relationship. She first went to China in 1978 with what was then the Chase Manhattan Bank, before the country beg...Show More
Nationalism in Russia and China

1:17:34 | Apr 6th, 2017

Is nationalism really rising in China? How does it differ from patriotism? What is “Eurasianism” and how does Russia use that concept? How much of China’s nationalism is rooted in the “century of humiliation” that the country suffered at the hands of...Show More
China’s push into Eastern Europe: A conversation with Martin Hála

43:00 | Mar 30th, 2017

16+1, a new Chinese initiative, takes its name from 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe plus China. It held a summit in November 2016 attended by Premier Li Keqiang and prime ministers or deputy prime ministers from the other member states. Ea...Show More
Trump and Xi Jinping: What lies ahead?

59:47 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Earlier this month, Kaiser recorded a discussion in front of a live audience at the 1990 Institute in San Francisco with three luminaries of the China-watching scene: Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan Professor of Chinese Economy and Business, John Pomfret, a...Show More
Chris Buckley: The China journalist’s China journalist

52:10 | Mar 16th, 2017

Chris Buckley is a highly regarded and very resourceful correspondent for The New York Times, who is based in Beijing. He has worked as a researcher and journalist in China since 1998, including a stint at Reuters, and is one of the few working China...Show More
Big Daddy Dough: Hip-hop and macroeconomics in China

1:05:47 | Mar 9th, 2017

By day, Andrew Dougherty is a macroeconomist who manages a China research team for Capital Group, one of the world’s largest actively managed mutual funds. By night, he is Big Daddy Dough, creator of an album of parody hip-hop songs that explain vari...Show More
Jane Perlez: Chinese foreign relations in a new age of uncertainty

1:09:55 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Jane Perlez has been a reporter at The New York Times since 1981. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for coverage of the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She has reported on wars, diplomacy, and foreign policy from Soma...Show More
Rhino horn and organized crime, from Africa to China and Vietnam

57:15 | Feb 23rd, 2017

John Grobler is a Namibian investigative reporter who has devoted more than two years of his life to examining the complex webs of organized crime funneling rhino horn from Africa to east Asia. Shi Yi 石毅, a Chinese environmental reporter, worked with...Show More
Africa-China journalism

29:00 | Feb 16th, 2017

In November 2016, Sinica co-host Jeremy Goldkorn attended a conference in his native South Africa called the Africa-China Journalists Forum. The forum was convened to discuss the often-polarized media coverage of China’s involvement in Africa, and to...Show More
Susan Shirk: The fragile superpower and trepidation over Trump

56:53 | Feb 9th, 2017

A top diplomat during the Clinton administration, author of the influential book China: Fragile Superpower: How China’s Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise, research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School of G...Show More
John Zhu retells the Three Kingdoms story

57:25 | Feb 2nd, 2017

In the last three years, John Zhu has embarked on a mission to build a bridge between Chinese and Western cultures by retelling one of China’s great classics in accessible audio episodes. He has released over 100 chapters of the Romance of the Three ...Show More
Sidney Rittenberg on solitary confinement and more

42:51 | Jan 26th, 2017

Sidney Rittenberg is a labor activist from Charleston, South Carolina, who went to China as a translator for the U.S. Army in 1945 and stayed until 1980. In this episode, Sidney talks about the conditions he endured during his two periods of solitary...Show More
Sidney Rittenberg: An interview with a revolutionary

1:08:30 | Jan 19th, 2017

Sidney Rittenberg was a labor activist in the American South before going to China as a translator for the U.S. Army in 1945. He stayed there until 1980, joining the Communist Party and going to the revolutionary base at Yan’an, where he got to know ...Show More
Ken Liu on Chinese science fiction

49:51 | Jan 12th, 2017

Ken Liu is a science-fiction writer, translator, computer programmer, and lawyer. He has written two novels and more than 100 short stories. His short story “The Paper Menagerie” is the first work of fiction, of any length, to win all three of the Hu...Show More
Talking ’bout my generation: Alec Ash and Chinese millennials

46:29 | Jan 5th, 2017

Alec Ash is a young British writer who lives in Beijing, who has covered “left behind” children in Chinese villages, the “toughest high school exam in the world” and internet live streaming among many other subjects. He is the author of Wish Lanterns...Show More
Ian Johnson on the Vatican and China

58:46 | Dec 29th, 2016

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist who has lived in Beijing and Taiwan for more than half of the past 30 years, writing for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and other publications. Ian has writ...Show More
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: Part Two

41:32 | Dec 22nd, 2016

John Pomfret first went to China as a student in 1980 and covered the Tiananmen demonstrations in 1989 for the Associated Press. He was expelled for his efforts, but returned to Beijing a decade later to head up the Washington Post’s Beijing bureau. ...Show More
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: a conversation with John Pomfret on his new book

1:00:14 | Dec 15th, 2016

John Pomfret was 14 years old when Henry Kissinger began interacting with China in secret. He took his fascination to Stanford University’s East Asian Studies program, where he was among a select group of exchange students invited to spend a year at ...Show More
Beijing Meets Banjo: Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn

1:07:30 | Dec 8th, 2016

Wu Fei is a classically trained composer and performer of the guzheng, or traditional Chinese 21-string zither. Abigail Washburn is a Grammy Award–winning American banjo player and fluent speaker of Chinese. They’ve been friends for a decade and are ...Show More
Edward Wong on foreign correspondence and dealing with censorship in China

46:05 | Dec 1st, 2016

Edward Wong became a reporter for The New York Times in 1999. He covered the Iraq war from Baghdad from 2003 to 2007, and then moved to Beijing in 2008. He has written about a wide range of subjects in China for the Times, and became its Beijing bure...Show More
Books, podcasts and the history of science in China with Carla Nappi

47:55 | Nov 22nd, 2016

In addition to teaching history at the University of British Columbia, Carla Nappi hosts the New Books in East Asian Studies and New Books in Science, Technology and Society podcasts. She is also the author of The Monkey and the Inkpot, a book about...Show More
The delights of cooking Chinese food: A conversation with chef and author Fuchsia Dunlop

39:50 | Nov 17th, 2016

In this episode of the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy talk to Fuchsia about her time at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine, how she chooses recipes for her books and the gamut of flavors of Chinese cuisine. "You both want to challenge people ...Show More
How has China changed in the past four decades? A conversation with John Holden

45:12 | Nov 10th, 2016

John Holden has one word of advice for people trying to understand China: humility. "Anybody who tries to come to grips with China, a country with a very rich civilization, a long history... You just have to be humble in recognizing that there are th...Show More
How will Donald Trump’s victory impact China and U.S.-China relations?

51:23 | Nov 10th, 2016

The U.S. election is over, and Donald Trump’s pundit-defying victory over Hillary Clinton has stunned and surprised people all over the world. In China — where activity on Weibo and WeChat indicated strong support for Trump among netizens both in Chi...Show More
Love and journalism in wartime China: An interview with Bill Lascher

46:13 | Nov 3rd, 2016

When journalist Bill Lascher received an old typewriter from his grandmother and was told it belonged to “my cousin the war correspondent,” he set off on a search to learn more about the life of Melville (“Mel”) Jacoby, who reported from the front li...Show More
Why China bears are wrong: An interview with Andy Rothman

54:52 | Oct 27th, 2016

Andy Rothman has interpreted the Chinese economy for people who have serious and practical decisions to make since his early career heading up macroeconomic research at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He is now an investment strategist for Matthews Asia...Show More
Suing for clean air and studying for the bar exam: Rachel Stern on China's legal system

49:27 | Oct 20th, 2016

China’s legal system is much derided and poorly understood, but its development has, in many ways, been one of the defining features of the reform and opening-up era. Rachel Stern, a professor of law and political science at the University of Califor...Show More
Lines of fracture in Chinese public opinion: A conversation with Ma Tianjie

42:49 | Oct 13th, 2016

On this week’s episode, our guest Ma Tianjie, editor of the bilingual environmental website China Dialogue and the blogger behind Chublic Opinion, untangles the complexities and contradictions of online discussions in China. Tianjie shares insights i...Show More
Mei Fong on the one-child policy, its consequences and what's next for China's demographics

55:17 | Oct 6th, 2016

The first day of 2016 marked the official end of China’s one-child policy, one of the most controversial and draconian approaches to population management in human history. The rules have not been abolished but modified, allowing all married Chinese ...Show More
Michael Manning: Behind bars in Beijing

59:07 | Sep 28th, 2016

In 2009, Michael Manning was working in Beijing for a state-owned news broadcaster by day, but he spent his nights selling bags of hashish. His position with CCTV was easy and brought him into contact with Chinese celebrities, while his other trade e...Show More
Fan Yang on fakes, pirates and shanzhai culture

49:31 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Fakes, knockoffs, pirate goods, counterfeits: China is notorious as the global manufacturing center of all things ersatz. But in the first decade after the People’s Republic joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, a particular kind of knockoff b...Show More
Frank H. Wu on Chinese-Americans and China

1:07:03 | Sep 15th, 2016

What is the Chinese-American identity? How has the rise of China affected American attitudes toward ethnically Chinese people in the United States and elsewhere? How do the 3.8 million Chinese-Americans impact U.S.-China relations, and what role coul...Show More
Andrew Ng on artificial intelligence and startup culture from Beijing to Silicon Valley

42:51 | Sep 8th, 2016

What is the state of the art of artificial intelligence (AI) in China and the United States? How does language recognition differ for Chinese and English? And what’s up with self-driving cars? To answer these and many other questions, Kaiser and Jer...Show More
Filmmaker Daniel Whelan on Yiwu, a city at the core of cheap Chinese goods

40:58 | Sep 1st, 2016

Renowned as a trading town during the Qing dynasty, the eastern city of Yiwu again became famous for its markets after China's economic reforms kicked in during the 1980s. Since then, the metropolis of 1.2 million people has transformed into a hub of...Show More
What is cultural about the Cultural Revolution? Paul Clark on creativity amid destruction

37:51 | Aug 25th, 2016

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, a chaotic decade of Chinese history made infamous in the West through books such as Wild Swans and Life and Death in Shanghai, which describe in horrific detail the su...Show More
It's all connected: Silk Roads old and new

55:18 | Aug 18th, 2016

Jim Millward is one of the world’s leading scholars on Xinjiang and Central Asia, and the author of many books and articles, including Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, and The Silk Road: A Very Short In...Show More
A discussion with Cheng Li: Where is Chinese politics going?

54:20 | Aug 11th, 2016

This episode of Sinica is a wide-ranging conversation with Cheng Li (李成), one of the most prominent international scholars of elite Chinese politics and its relation to grassroots changes and generational shifts. He discusses the historical rise and ...Show More
Clay Shirky on tech and the internet in China

1:06:55 | Aug 4th, 2016

In this episode of Sinica, Clay Shirky, the author of Here Comes Everybody who has written about the internet and its effects on society since the 1990s, joins Kaiser and Jeremy to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of China's tech industry and the...Show More
Calming the waters of the South China Sea and beyond

56:21 | Jul 28th, 2016

This episode, Jeremy and Kaiser head to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, to speak with Professor Lyle Goldstein, the author of Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry. Lyle discusses how the United State...Show More
Whose century is it, anyway?

46:38 | Jul 21st, 2016

This live recording of Sinica at the Smyth Hotel in New York City on July 13 features the journalists Mary Kay Magistad and Gady Epstein discussing the increasingly complex "frenemyship" of China and the United States. They also talk about the South ...Show More
The Kaiser Kuo exit interview

53:21 | Jul 14th, 2016

This week, Kaiser sits in the guest chair and tells us about his 20-plus years of living in China. He recounts being the front man for the heavy metal band Tang Dynasty and the group's tour stops in China's backwater towns, shares his feelings on mov...Show More
Understanding China through a vibrant Shanghai street

44:48 | Jul 6th, 2016

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace, has been living in the nation on and off since 1995. He is the author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, a book about the people living and ...Show More
Why do so many Chinese people admire Donald Trump?

51:32 | Jun 30th, 2016

Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker who moved from Chongqing to North America when she was seven years old. Despite her inability to drink alcohol because of an acetaldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency common to many East Asians, she covere...Show More
Patrolling China's cyberspace

49:36 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book, The Hacked World Order, provides an in-depth exploration of the iss...Show More
Arthur Kroeber vs. The Conventional Wisdom

1:02:42 | Jun 16th, 2016

In this episode of Sinica, we present an in-depth interview with Arthur Kroeber, the founding partner and head of research for Gavekal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and the editor-in-chief of its journal, China Economic Q...Show More
50 years of work on U.S.-China relations

50:09 | Jun 3rd, 2016

In this week's episode of Sinica, we are proud to announce that we're joining forces with SupChina. We're also delighted that our first episode with our new partner is a conversation with President Stephen Orlins and Vice President Jan Berris of the ...Show More
Live: The Cultural Revolution at 50

1:19:10 | May 15th, 2016

Fifty years ago, Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, inaugurating a decade of political turmoil with his calls for young people to "bombard the headquarters." In this special live edition of our podcast recorded at The Book...Show More
Public opinion with Chinese characteristics

48:01 | Apr 20th, 2016

The immense popularity of social media has afforded China watchers a terrific window onto public opinion in China. In recent years, a slew of English-language websites have emerged to interpret the various trends, phenomena, discourse and debates on ...Show More
Neo-Maoists: Everything old is new again

50:51 | Mar 20th, 2016

Members of the Politburo are rarely praised for their dancing skills, but consider Xi Jinping's almost flawless execution of a political two-step: first casting himself as the voice of liberal moderation in the face of Bo Xilai's mass propaganda, and...Show More
Allegiance

48:18 | Feb 20th, 2016

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 rig...Show More
Sauced: American cooking in China

1:00:07 | Feb 6th, 2016

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 th...Show More
The China meltdown

59:37 | Jan 25th, 2016

With equity markets in free fall, housing prices skipping downwards, foreign reserves plummeting and industrial production on a road trip back to the last decade, it's no surprise that permabears like Gordon Chang are stocking up on popcorn to bask i...Show More
Air pollution and climate change

1:06:01 | Jan 8th, 2016

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 env...Show More
While we're here: China stories from a writers' colony

56:28 | Dec 21st, 2015

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 everyon...Show More
Out of Africa: The swifts of Beijing

56:23 | Dec 20th, 2015

Amazing research now suggests that Beijing's swifts, the tiny creatures most residents pass by without noticing, are some of the most well-travelled birds on the planet, averaging an astonishing 124,000 miles of flight in their life, barely landing ...Show More
Live at the Bookworm, part two: What's ahead for China?

36:01 | Nov 15th, 2015

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 fiel...Show More
Live at the Bookworm, part one: How has Beijing changed over the years?

55:50 | Nov 14th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Fokke Obbema on China's rising power and the nation's relations with the West

54:09 | Oct 27th, 2015

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 del...Show More
Tu Youyou and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

55:45 | Oct 21st, 2015

This week on Sinica, we are delighted to present a show on Tu Youyou, the Chinese scientist who recently shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin, thus making her the first citizen of the P...Show More
Edmund Backhouse in the long view of history

48:33 | Oct 4th, 2015

Edmund Backhouse, the 20th-century Sinologist, long-time Beijing resident, and occasional con artist, is perhaps best known for his incendiary memoirs, which not only distorted Western understanding of Chinese history for more than 50 years, but also...Show More
Sinica archive: Beijing's Great Leap Forward

49:37 | Jul 27th, 2015

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...Show More
Rogier Creemers on cyber Leninism and the political culture of the Chinese internet

58:34 | Apr 8th, 2015

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 govern...Show More
Comfort women and the struggle for reparations

34:28 | Apr 7th, 2015

This week on Sinica, we are delighted to be joined by Lucy Hornby, China correspondent for the Financial Times, and author of this phenomenal piece on China's last surviving Chinese comfort women and their longstanding — and often futile — attempts ...Show More
Under the Dome

1:06:12 | Mar 9th, 2015

"Under the Dome," Chai Jing's breakout documentary on China's catastrophic air pollution problem, finally hit insurmountable political opposition last Friday after seven days in which the video racked up over 200 million views. The eventual clampdown...Show More
LGBT China

37:40 | Sep 20th, 2014

Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by Fan Popo for a discussion of the way life works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in China. For those who have not heard of him, Fan is an accomplished film-maker and social ...Show More
The Islamic State and China

57:22 | Sep 10th, 2014

With the recent capture of a Chinese ISIS soldier (in September of 2014) triggering speculation about the involvement of Chinese citizens in the Iraqi civil war, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined in our studio by Edward Wong from The New York...Show More
Bo Xilai: The Trial of the Century

49:33 | Aug 31st, 2013

The spectacular trial of Bo Xilai seized the media's attention last week as the fallen politburo member — still widely admired in Chongqing and Dalian and heavily connected among the Party elite — defended himself with unexpected vigor against charge...Show More
The one-child policy, plus the African community in Guangzhou

47:29 | Jun 23rd, 2012

While the African community in Guangzhou has taken to the streets to protest the suspicious death of a foreign national in police custody, the Chinese internet has proven equally volatile as gruesome photos of a late-stage abortion have circulated on...Show More
The extremes of Chinese media, plus Chinese internet humor

38:00 | Nov 4th, 2011

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 ...Show More
Zhao Liang and the South-North Water Diversion Project

51:27 | Aug 27th, 2011

China makes an about-face on Libya, we discuss a recent controversy in Beijing's arts community over independent filmmaker Zhao Liang. We also get an on-the-ground update on the state of China's South-North Water Diversion Project: a little-publicize...Show More
Suicides, strikes, and labor unrest in China

37:15 | Jun 4th, 2010

A spate of suicides leaves ten dead at the Shenzhen campus of Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturer that makes many of the world's most popular consumer electronics. A rare strike paralyzes production at Honda Motors, shutting down all of the c...Show More
Critical media, foreign and domestic

46:10 | May 28th, 2010

Is the "Western media" biased in its reporting about China? What are the frames and narratives that inform the Anglophone media's understanding of the county, and what are the misunderstandings about the "Western media" that lead Chinese people into ...Show More
Mao's legacy and foreign self-censorship

47:03 | May 21st, 2010

Videos of lectures by Tengfei Yuan, a history teacher in a middle school in Beijing, recently went viral on the internet. While his charismatic and humorous teaching style attracts public attention and fans, his bold criticisms on Mao make him highly...Show More
Schoolyard violence with Chinese characterisitcs

31:46 | May 15th, 2010

Despite efforts to downplay the story in the face of the Shanghai Expo, news of a recent wave of copycat killings has spread quickly through China, driven in part by the surprising revelation that many of the killers have been middle-aged and apparen...Show More
Dimensions of China's soft power

40:16 | May 7th, 2010

Sponsored by the government organization Hanban, the Confucius Institute has been successfully promoting the learning of Chinese Language internationally. However, it recently inspired a lot of resistance, especially in the San Gabriel Valley, where ...Show More
Huang Guangyu trial and real estate dilemma

47:37 | May 1st, 2010

Huang Guangyu, the founder of home electronics chain GOME, was China’s richest man, with a fortune of over 6 billion dollars in 2006, according to Forbes. However, the multi-billionaire was detained in November 2008 on suspicion of bribery, insider t...Show More
The eulogy and the aftershocks

35:15 | Apr 23rd, 2010

On April 15, 2010, on the 21st anniversary of former Party Secretary Hu Yaobang’s death, Premier Wen Jiabao published an essay to eulogize his former mentor in the People’s Daily. On April 15, 1989, the death of this foreign-minded general secretary ...Show More
China's gadflies and the mine miracle

44:55 | Apr 16th, 2010

This week, Kaiser Kuo hosts a discussion about China's best-known gadflies: writer and auto racer Han Han, and artist-cum-activist Ai Weiwei. The former writes one of the most popular blogs in China with over 300 million hits, and was recently shortl...Show More
Iran and the vaccination scandal

35:58 | Apr 9th, 2010

While Western countries prepare for tougher sanctions at the UN against Iran regarding its nuclear development, China is reluctant to impose any further sanctions, intensifying the tension between Beijing and Washington. However, increasing signs, in...Show More
Google China and the Pullout

37:51 | Apr 2nd, 2010

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 th...Show More