40 episodes

A semi-serious deep dive into Chinese history and culture broadcast from Beijing and hosted by Jeremiah Jenne and David Moser.

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

A semi-serious deep dive into Chinese history and culture broadcast from Beijing and hosted by Jeremiah Jenne and David Moser.

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: The An Lushan Rebellion

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: The An Lushan Rebellion

    Our inaugural episode looks at An Lushan: the outsider who charmed his way into the court of the Tang Dynasty in the eighth century and who almost succeeded in bringing down the empire. It’s a story made for imperial slash fic: The aging emperor, his rotund but sexy concubine, and the foreigner who came between them.

    • 33 min
    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: A couple of characters talking about Chinese characters

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: A couple of characters talking about Chinese characters

    David Moser (Beijing Capital Normal University, Sinica Podcast) and Brendan O'Kane (Paper Republic, University of Pennsylvania) join Jeremiah to discuss David's new book, A Billion Voices, the history of language reform and national unity in China, the best way to learn Chinese, and the debate over whether it's okay to hate on Chinese characters.

    • 45 min
    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Keeping up with the Khitans

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Keeping up with the Khitans

    In this episode of Barbarians at the Gate, James and Jeremiah discuss the history of the Khitans, their empire and their legacy with a little help from the Godfather Trilogy and Dragon Barbie from Game of Thrones.

    • 40 min
    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: China’s territorial claims on the rocks in the South China Sea

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: China’s territorial claims on the rocks in the South China Sea

    On Tuesday, an international tribunal at the Hague ruled that China’s attempts to claim almost the entire South China Sea as sovereign territory had no legal basis.
    In a special emergency podcast, Jeremiah and James talk about the implications of the decision at the Hague, the reaction here in Beijing, and the use (and abuses) of history in establishing contemporary territorial claims.

    • 9 min
    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Yaqub Beg and the Provincializing of Western China

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Yaqub Beg and the Provincializing of Western China

    Jeremiah and James look at the life and times of Yaqub Beg (1820-1877) and what his legacy means for Beijing's relationship with Western China and Central Asia today.

    • 20 min
    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Are the Kids Alright?

    Barbarians at the Gate Podcast: Are the Kids Alright?

    Joining Jeremiah in this episode is Alec Ash, author of the book Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China to look at three of youth movements from the 20th century: The May Fourth/New Culture Era, the Cultural Revolution, and the 1980s.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

elzedess ,

Entertaining and informative

I absolutely love this podcast! Please keep making it. My interest in China and Chinese culture increases every time I listen. Thanks so much!

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