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China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

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China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

    Remembering June 4 - Perry Link & Paul Pickowicz

    Remembering June 4 - Perry Link & Paul Pickowicz

    The 21st Century China Center is premiering a new web series: "China Throughlines" - featuring UC San Diego’s China historians in conversation with their colleagues on the echos and connectedness of China’s storied past to the twenty-first century.

    In this audo excerpt from the pilot episode, Paul Pickowicz interviews Perry Link, esteemed cross-disciplinary China scholar and translator of the Tiananmen Papers. The memory of the tragic and pivotal date of June 4th 1989 or simply 六四, is still the subject of intense debate, censorship, and protest - especially in Hong Kong.

    Web series host: Paul Pickowicz, UC San Diego

    Editor: Samuel Tsoi, UC San Diego 

    Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

    • 18 min
    Rural China Copes with Covid-19 - Scott Rozelle

    Rural China Copes with Covid-19 - Scott Rozelle

    Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in the megacity of Wuhan in December 2019, lockdowns were also implemented across China’s vast countryside, home to more than 700 million people.

    Dr. Scott Rozelle, senior fellow at Stanford University FSI and co-director of the Rural Education Action Program, presents his latest study to assess the effects of local and nationwide disease control measures on the economy, social life and health of China’s rural population.

    This was recorded from a May 6th webinar, to view the full presentation, visit china.ucsd.edu

    Webinar moderator: Victor Shih, UC San Diego

    Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi, UC San Diego 

    Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

    • 58 min
    Investing in US-China Relations - Weijian Shan and James Kralik

    Investing in US-China Relations - Weijian Shan and James Kralik

    As we are living through a historic pandemic and ever more turbulent U.S.-China relations, we revisit a conversation recorded at our last public lecture right before the lockdown. 21st Century China Board Chair James Kralik interviews investor and best-selling author Weijian Shan about his memoir of living through the trauma and turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution to become one of Asia’s most successful financiers, and how to move forward on constructive U.S.-China relations.

    Watch Shan’s full presentation for the So Kwan Lok Distinguished Lecture series on china.ucsd.edu

    Weijian Shan is chairman and CEO of PAG, a private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a partner of TPG and co-managing partner of TPG Asia. He led a number of landmark transactions including the acquisitions of Korea First Bank and China’s Shenzhen Development Bank, both of which made his investors billions of dollars in profits and were made into case studies of Harvard Business School. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Univer­sity of San Francisco.

    James Kralik is the board chair for the 21st Century China Center. He is Managing Director of Linden Street Capital Ltd. and a Director of Milestone Capital Investment Holdings Ltd. Over the last fifteen years, these investment vehicles have been involved with a number of leading Chinese businesses in the alternative energy, advertising media, and consumer sectors. Based in Shanghai, Kralik began his career at McKinsey & Company and has lived and worked in China for nearly thirty years.

    Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi, UC San Diego 

    Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

    • 43 min
    Lessons from 1989 - Wang Dan and Victor Shih

    Lessons from 1989 - Wang Dan and Victor Shih

    Wang Dan 王丹 speaks with Victor Shih on the lessons from the 1989 student democracy movement. They discuss Wang’s journey as a young student leading up to the Tiananmen Square protests and his life since. Wang describes his mission for Dialogue China - and the discussions he’s fostering about prospects of political reform and preparing citizens for potential crisis at the Chinese Communist Party.

    • 27 min
    Interpreting the Xi Dynasty - Geremie Barmé & Susan Shirk

    Interpreting the Xi Dynasty - Geremie Barmé & Susan Shirk

    In a wide-ranging conversation, Susan Shirk and Geremie Barmé discuss cultural and political life in China during the Xi Jinping era. Barmé, who coined the term “Chairman of Everything,” compares Xi’s style and ambition with the cult of Mao and dynastic rulers from China’s long history. They also traced the usage of classical Chinese in the formation and articulation of policy agendas such as the “the China Dream” 中国梦 and the “Community of Common Destiny.” 人类命运共同体, and the continuity of literary Chinese education and culture through the periods of revolution and reform.

    • 51 min
    Defending Digital Rights - Rebecca MacKinnon & Molly Roberts

    Defending Digital Rights - Rebecca MacKinnon & Molly Roberts

    Molly Roberts interviews Rebecca MacKinnon about her time as a journalist covering human rights and politics in Asia that leads to her pioneering work on advocating for digital rights, corporate responsibility and freedom of expression around the world.

    • 37 min

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