9 episodes

Fresh ideas and thought-provoking conversations on fiction and non-fiction about China and/or from China, with host Mary Kay Magistad, a former China correspondent for NPR and PRX's The World.The China Books podcast is a companion of the China Books Review (chinabooksreview.com), co-published by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations (where Mary Kay is deputy director) and The Wire China. 

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Fresh ideas and thought-provoking conversations on fiction and non-fiction about China and/or from China, with host Mary Kay Magistad, a former China correspondent for NPR and PRX's The World.The China Books podcast is a companion of the China Books Review (chinabooksreview.com), co-published by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations (where Mary Kay is deputy director) and The Wire China. 

    Ep. 8: Uyghur Women Speaking Out

    Ep. 8: Uyghur Women Speaking Out

    Genocide is not a word thrown around lightly by the U.S. government, but it uses that term to describe the Chinese government’s ongoing assaults on Uyghurs’ distinct culture, identity, rights, and freedom in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. China's government has long had an uneasy relationship with Uyghurs’ distinct Turkic Muslim identity, and has tried in various ways over time to control them, reduce and dilute their population, and make them assimilate.But lately, it’s gotten ...

    • 51 min
    Ep. 7: Why China's ahead in the green energy 'gold rush'

    Ep. 7: Why China's ahead in the green energy 'gold rush'

    China has bet big over the past couple of decades on how building up its renewable energy sector -- solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles and their batteries, and the metals and minerals that make them all possible -- will help China achieve a dominant global position in an essential field. So far, with intensifying climate change making the need to speed the transition from fossil fuels to renewables ever more urgent, China is winning that bet. China's efforts, with fier...

    • 49 min
    Ep. 6: Spy novels, a real-life thriller, and the BBC

    Ep. 6: Spy novels, a real-life thriller, and the BBC

    Acclaimed spy novelist Adam Brookes started out in China as a languge student in the mid-'80s, skipping class to travel in trucks and buses to Tibet and other parts of China that had just opened up after being shut off to foreign visitors for decades. He want back as a BBC China correspondent, informed by his earlier experiences in remote parts of China, and informing a huge global audience about China's transformation. He has since parlayed both of those early chapters in China into vivid an...

    • 56 min
    Ep. 5: China's Economic Challenges, Explained

    Ep. 5: China's Economic Challenges, Explained

    The sizzle has come off of China's decades of economic growth, as the country contends with deflation, slumping consumer confidence, plummeting foreign investment, a cratered urban property sector, high local government debt, overcapacity in manufacturing, and a private sector cowed by government crackdowns, as well as a shrinking workforce and an aging population.For all that, China is still the world's second largest economy, the largest trading partner of most of the world's countries, and...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 4: How "Leftover Women" may reshape China's future

    Ep. 4: How "Leftover Women" may reshape China's future

    A funny thing happened at the height of China's economic boom, as more and more Chinese women were getting college degrees, good jobs, and promising careers. The government launched a propaganda campaign, urging women to get married young, before they became "yellowed pearls". Leta Hong-Fincher captured that phenomenon in her book Leftover Women (2014). A decade later, with a new updated edition of Leftover Women just out, Leta joins the China Books podcast to talk about why China's Com...

    • 47 min
    Ep. 3: How China's Future Looked in the Past

    Ep. 3: How China's Future Looked in the Past

    Dreams of a better future have driven many a revolution, but not all have turned out the way the dreamers imagined. China's early revolutionaries, a century ago, aimed to rid the country of what they saw as corrupt capitalism and the world of colonialism and imperialism. Instead, they said, socialism would bring a future of peace, prosperity, equality, and social justice. Not all of that worked out. One of the dreamers was Chen Hansheng, a prominent Western-educated&nbs...

    • 47 min

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