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A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policymakers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world. Hosted by Kaiser Kuo.

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A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policymakers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world. Hosted by Kaiser Kuo.

    An Ecological History of Modern China, with Stevan Harrell — Part 1

    An Ecological History of Modern China, with Stevan Harrell — Part 1

    This week on Sinica, Part 1 of a two-part podcast with Stevan Harrell, Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at the University of Washington. Steve's groundbreaking book An Ecological History of Modern China represents the culmination of a professional lifetime of work in disparate fields. It synthesizes ideas from geography, earth science, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and more. It's a book that will make you change the way you think not just about China, but about history more broadly, and about resilience in natural and social systems. In this first part, we focus on some of the core framing concepts of the book and how Steve demarcates China in both space and time. Part 2 is next week!

    5:01 How Steve thinks about ecological history and resilience theory/ecology in relation to Chinese history 

    17:09 Social-ecological systems and the systems approach

    24:46 The importance of etic and emic scale 

    30:15 How diversity contributes to resilience 

    36:18 The Malthus-Boserup Ratchet 

    42:43 The importance of buffers 

    51:24 The adaptive cycle 

    55:41 Ecological buffers and the threats they face] in the major regions of China: China Proper, Zomia, and Chinese Central Asia 

    1:06:28 Steve’s periodization of modern Chinese history from the perspective of ecological history 

    Recommendations at the end of Part 2 next week!

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    • 1h 14 min
    Peter Hessler on his new book, "Other Rivers: A Chinese Education"

    Peter Hessler on his new book, "Other Rivers: A Chinese Education"

    This week on Sinica, the highly-regarded writer Peter Hessler joins to talk about his new book, out July 9: Other Rivers: A Chinese Education. Over 20 years after teaching with the Peace Corps in Fuling (the subject of his first book, Rivertown, Pete returns to China to teach at Sichuan University in Chengdu. He writes about the two cohorts of students, with whom he has maintained extensive contacts, to offer fascinating insights into how China has changed across this momentous period with touching, deeply human stories.

    3:47 – Why Pete couldn’t teach in Fuling again

    6:56 – How Pete stayed in touch with his Fuling cohort 

    9:46 – Pete’s SCUPI [(Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute)] cohort 

    13:51 – Pete’s Fuling cohort 

    19:35 – Chinese rural values: pragmatism and modesty

    23:08 – The physical and psychological differences between the Fuling and Chengdu cohorts 

    29:32 – “Educated acquiescence” in the Chinese education system 

    35:07 – The Hessler family’s experience with Chengdu Experimental Primary School

    43:04 – The impending lack of “Country feel,” and Pete’s sense of humor 

    47:02 – Facing criticism over his reporting during the pandemic  

    52:13 – Pete’s experience being jǔbào’ed and teaching Orwell’s Animal Farm 

    59:01 – Pete’s take on the COVID origins debate

    1:02:10 – Competition and authoritarianism in China, and the phenomenon of Chinese and Chinese American Trump supporters 

    1:06:57 – Serena’s investigation for Chángshì and why Pete’s contract was not renewed 

    1:15:28 What’s next for Pete 

    Recommendations:

    Pete: Burma Sahib by Paul Theroux, a forthcoming novel about George Orwell’s time in Burma as a policeman; Burmese Days by George Orwell 

    Kaiser: the Meta Quest VR headset 

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    • 1h 26 min
    Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Sino-American Rivalry

    Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Sino-American Rivalry

    This week on Sinica, a conversation that I moderated on May 30th called “Assessing the Impact of US-China Rivalry on Ukraine and Taiwan,” put on by the Ukrainian Platform for Contemporary China. The main organizer was my friend Vita Golod, who is the chair of the Ukrainian Association of Sinologists.

    The panelists are: Dmytro Burtsev, a Junior Fellow at A. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.Da Wei, Director of the Center for International Security and Strategy and Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University. Emilian Kavalski, Professor at the Centre for International Studies and Development at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. I Yuan, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.








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    • 1h 19 min
    Jonathan Chatwin on Deng Xiaoping's 1992 Southern Tour

    Jonathan Chatwin on Deng Xiaoping's 1992 Southern Tour

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser is joined by Jonathan Chatwin, author of a new book about Deng Xiaoping's "Southern Tour" of early 1992 — a pivotal event that renewed a commitment to economic reforms after they'd stalled following 1989, and seized the initiative from conservatives in the Chinese leadership. The book is called The Southern Tour: Deng Xiaoping and the Fight for China's Future.

    2:10 – Why Jonathan focused on the Southern Tour, and the narratives surrounding it in China

    7:19 – How the events of ’89 influenced Deng’s thinking 

    11:08 – How the political fates of Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang affected Deng’s planning 

    14:31 – The reformers’ path to victory from the second half of ’89 to January of ’92

    20:32 – Deng’s vision of opportunity in the face of communism’s apparent global retreat

    24:53 – How Deng’s personal experiences shaped his policy decisions 

    27:07 – The strategic signaling and risky timing of the Southern Tour 

    34:07 – The influence of the Chinese horoscope, and “The Story of Spring”

    37:33 – Shenzhen speed 

    40:57 – What Jonathan learned about Deng Xiaoping 

    45:00 – Jonathan’s recommendations for learning more about Deng Xiaoping and the post-Mao era 

    46:18 – Xi Jinping, the “end” [not sure how to phrase] of Deng’s reform and opening era, and the [parallels with the?] Chinese economic situation today 

    Recommendations

    Jonathan: China’s Hidden Century, edited by Jessica Harrison-Hall and Julia Lovell, produced to accompany the British Museum’s exhibition by that name; and the app Voice Dream, a text-to-speech reader 

    Kaiser: Andrea Wulf’s Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self, a book about the group of German Romantics gathered in Jena, Germany 

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    Ed Lanfranco: from Hoarder to Historian

    Ed Lanfranco: from Hoarder to Historian

    This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser is joined by old friend Ed Lanfranco, who lived in Beijing from 1988 to 2009. An inveterate packrat, Ed managed to accumulate an incredible trove of documents, maps, photos, and ephemera from his years there and from the decades and even centuries before his arrival. Ed talks about his collection, and invites scholars interested in his material to get in touch!

    2:46 – Ed’s time in China and saving ephemera 

    11:47 – Ed’s favorite old Chinese brands 

    14:41 – Ed’s map collection 

    19:34 – The Tiananmen incident of 1976, Ed’s collection of unpublished photographs from the Panjiayuan Antique Market, and a leaflet from April 7th, 1976 

    30:40 – Ed’s patriotic music record collection 

    33:28 – Ed’s U.S.-China collection 

    38:00 – The story behind Ed’s U.S.-China panda button from 2002 

    43:18 – Ed’s Tiananmen ’89 story and collection of leaflets and files 

    50:56 – The Underground City of Beijing tour 

    53:50 – Ed’s SARS 2003 epidemic experience and artifacts

    Recommendations:

    Ed: Roger Garside’s Coming Alive: China After Mao; Lin Yutang’s works, especially My Country and My People and The Importance of Living

    Kaiser: The Rochester-based progressive metal trio Haishen’s new album, Awaken the Endless Deep 

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    • 1h 6 min
    Jay Kuo on Beijing's Gay 90s

    Jay Kuo on Beijing's Gay 90s

    This week on Sinica, I'm delighted to welcome — my brother! Jay Kuo is a Broadway writer & producer, and the man behind the terrific U.S. politics-focused Substack newsletter The Status Kuo. In a previous life, from 1996 to 2000, he was also really active in Beijing's gay community, just at the time when homosexuality was being decriminalized and was stepping out of the shadows. We talk about how it all took off. Jay also puts on his other hat to talk about how China figures into American politics with the election less than five months away, and about the legal standing of the TikTok divest-or-ban law.

    4:54 – The gay community in Beijing in the ‘90s, and the Half-and-Half bar in Sanlitun 

    16:06 – How the gay community in Beijing changed after two major rulings 

    27:33 – The end of the “golden era” for the gay community in China

    36:26 – Progress and its drivers and obstacles

    42:28 – Jay’s “China priors”

    50:41 – The issue of China in the upcoming U.S. presidential election 

     57:08 – The TikTok ban bill 

    Recommendations: 

    Jay: The TV series Manhunt (2024), available on Apple TV

    Kaiser: The TV series The Sympathizer (2024), available on HBO; the audiobook of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, narrated by François Chau 

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    • 1h 9 min

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