The Little Red Podcast

Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim

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The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Department of Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent ...Show More
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Xi Jinping’s War on the Uighurs. Part 1: The Witnesses

48:11 | Sep 24th, 2018

‘We seem to be normal, but we are not.’ A United Nations human rights panel says it has credible reports that more than a million Uighurs are being held in reeducation camps in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang. As evidence emerges of mas...Show More
Choose your own Dystopia Part One: Social Media and Surveillance Capitalism

42:11 | May 6th

With Chinese citizens’ lives increasingly coded into data streams, the question of who owns this data and how it gets used is largely up to private companies. They control massive volumes of personal information and are tasked by Xi Jinping with ever...Show More
Resignation Syndrome? Democracy and Jail in Post-Umbrella Hong Kong

52:39 | Apr 7th

Hate mail, death threats and shadowy surveillance are facts of life for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists, five years after the Umbrella movement brought a million people onto the streets calling for greater democracy.   Since then, 48 legal cases ...Show More
Leveraged to the Limit: Power Shifts in Xi Jinping's China

45:19 | Mar 25th

The Chairman of Everything Xi Jinping has emerged from the annual parliamentary meetings facing a rough year ahead.  China's economy is growing at its slowest in nearly three decades, amid a massive trade war and spiralling local debt, with rumblings...Show More
Step Up or Be Overrun: China’s Challenge for the Pacific

36:19 | Mar 5th

The Pacific is seeing a flurry of diplomatic activity: Australia is ‘stepping up’, New Zealand has ordered a ‘Pacific reset’ and even Great Britain is reopening missions in its former Pacific colonies. The reason for their sudden interest is simple: ...Show More
Hotpot Wars: Tensions bubble in the battle for China’s Culinary Soul

35:08 | Feb 4th

China has been engulfed by a controversy that strikes at the very heart of the nation—forget the South China Sea, rampant human rights abuses, even a looming economic crash. Last month food critic Chua Lam, otherwise known as the Food God, called for...Show More
#XiToo: Chinese Feminism and The Party’s Hyper-Masculine Reboot

35:50 | Jan 8th

China is becoming a more unequal place for women, in 2018 slipping for a fifth consecutive year in the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index.  Chairman Mao may have proclaimed that women can hold up half the sky, but the Communist party under Xi Ji...Show More
Keeping the Faith? Xi's Deal with the Holy See

36:50 | Dec 5th, 2018

The Vatican and China have signed a deeply controversial agreement on the appointment of bishops, ending the cold war that has frozen ties since 1950.  That deep freeze led to schisms between the official and underground churches, with some clergy pe...Show More
Xi Jinping’s War on Uighurs. Part 3: The Endgame

41:33 | Nov 6th, 2018

"Domestically I don't think the Uighur culture will survive." China now acknowledges the existence of mass indoctrination camps in Xinjiang - which it calls 'vocational training centres' - after months of denial. Its latest propaganda campaign showca...Show More
Xi Jinping’s War on Uighurs. Part 2: The New Frontier

44:17 | Oct 16th, 2018

The language used by the Chinese state in Xinjiang pathologises Islam, seeing it as an "ideological virus" which needs eradication by transformation through education.  In recent days, China has publicly justified the mass internment of Uighurs as ne...Show More
Stranger than Fiction: China’s Espionage Industrial Complex

55:56 | Sep 4th, 2018

“Use your spies for every kind of business.” This 2500 year-old stratagem from Sun Zi's Art of War still informs Beijing’s modern day approach towards intelligence gathering. Today China’s espionage industrial complex appears to be taking spying main...Show More
The Han-Opticon: Social Credit and AI in the Surveillance State

47:11 | Aug 7th, 2018

China today is Black Mirror through the Looking Glass. A national video surveillance network is promised in just two years, while new technologies are being rolled out at speed on the frontier of China’s surveillance regime, in Xinjiang, ranging from...Show More
Come Dance with Xi: Who Can Resist the Belt and Road's Embrace?

58:54 | Jul 11th, 2018

Louisa and Graeme take a journey on China's Belt and Road with Peter Cai of the Lowy Institute and Dirk van der Kley of the Australian National University
Bitter Medicine: China's New Pacific Frontier

27:52 | Feb 6th, 2018

China’s aid and growing influence in the South Pa…
BDM: Not As Sexy As The Shark

26:12 | Dec 4th, 2017

Reviled in the West, the slimy bottom-feeders kno…
Party Poopers: Can Art Bring Down the Government?

33:19 | Nov 6th, 2017

A new brand of Chinese political artists is using…
Cooking the News: Xi’s Digital Future

39:07 | Aug 7th, 2017

The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip…
Class: the new dirty word

39:19 | Jul 9th, 2017

Chairman Mao urged the Chinese people to never fo…
Hong Kong: the new Tibet?

34:02 | Jun 11th, 2017

As Hong Kong gears up to mark the 20th anniversar…
Feng Chongyi: Research Is Not A Dinner Party

22:10 | May 3rd, 2017

Sydney academic Feng Chongyi, whose detention in …
China's Little Emperors: Art Vs Science

34:58 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode we visit a theatre, a prison and …
China, East Timor and the New Great Game

31:45 | Jan 16th, 2017

In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with Mich…
Control and Capture: Taming Overseas Chinese Media

34:05 | Nov 2nd, 2016

“China’s not trying to influence, it’s trying to …
The politics of language on the Tibetan plateau

26:43 | Aug 18th, 2016

In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with anth…
Have China's greenhouse gas emissions peaked?

32:42 | Jul 21st, 2016

For the first episode of The Little Red Podcast, …