A weekly conversation exploring China's economy and tech scene. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
War in Taiwan
Why would Xi invade and is the Taiwanese military up to the challenge? Paul Huang, freelance journalist, Fletcher School grad and fellow at the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation joins to discuss.
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Intro Music: 【青春不留白】莒光園地 (Taiwanese military broadcast music)
Outtro Music: 陳嫺靜 - 輕輕 (Taiwanese R&B artist)
Check out some more here: https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/the-next-wave-of-taiwanese-hip-hop-artists
Adam Tooze on World Order, Then and Now
Adam Tooze is my favorite economic historian. After writing a handful of books on the 1920s and Nazi economics, he's now turned his eye to the present day, taking on the financial crisis and US-China relations. In this conversation, we get into
What we can learn from the diplomatic and economic modes of 1920s and 30s Why Nazi legal theory resonates so well in China today How modes of understanding Nazi Germany can help illustrate China How Xinjiang camps echo the logic of Soviet gulags Whether the US in fact lost the Cold War Adam's dream bureaucracies to work it Matt Klein, author of the recent Trade Wars are Class Wars, guest hosts.
Intro and outtro music are both hit songs from 1928, the year of the Kellogg-Briand Pact which tried to outlaw war.
Intro music: Pine Top's Boogie Woogie
Outtro music: Blind Willie McTell, Statesboro Blues
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The Mulan Debacle
Turning a beloved movie of female empowerment into a dull endorsement of the patriarchy, autocracy and mass forced labor is no easy feat, but Disney Magic is one hell of a drug. Think tanker Rui Zhong and novelist/meme goddess Xiran Jay Zhao join to discuss.
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Intro music: Reflections by Christina Aguilera (Tojou Remix)
Outtro music: I'd be impressed if you made it to the end of this podcast and didn't know this song, but here's the link
If you're looking for more Disney remixes, this one of the Lion King's Circle of Life is perfect.
Rise and Fall of a Suzhou Soft Serve Baron
(fan favorite repeat broadcast from back in the 'ChinaEconTalk' era)
Mister Softee, the famed northeastern American ice cream brand, in Suzhou, China? Yes, that was a thing. Turner Sparks, rising from humble beginnings as just another English teacher making his way in the world, achieved fame and fortune thanks to a catchy jingle and some tasty mango-flavored soft serve. Yet his vision of China-wide ice cream domination dissolved amid a deluge of backstabbing regulators, slashed tires, and stolen cones. Listen here to learn about the circumstances that finally melted Turner’s ice cream dream.
Athena Cao cohosts.
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Land Wars: China's Agrarian Revolution
In 1927, Mao wrote that "In a very short time...several hundred million peasants will rise like a mighty storm, like a hurricane, a force so swift and violent that no power, however great, will be able to hold it back." During the 40s and 50s, he was able to realize this vision to disastrous effect. On this show, Tulane Professor Brian DeMare joins the show to discuss the history and legacy of the land reform movement, including forays into the role of Xi's father and William Hinton's Fanshen.
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Intro Music: 没有共产党没有新中国
Outtro Music: 听妈妈讲过去的故事
(hip hop felt out of place this week...not to worry we'll be back with more in the next episode)
Scholarstage on Xi, War in Taiwan, the CCP Toolkit, and the Chinese Tradition
Tanner Greer of the blog Scholarstage joins the show in a wide-ranging discussion touching on Xi's ideology, incentives in western China-watching, Mormons in China, why it's worth studying classical Chinese history, and AI-assisted writing.
ChinaTalk has hit its 100th episode! That's two and a half full workweeks of informed, respectful, and hopefully entertaining conversation on everything China. As the media industry has cratered, spaces for intelligent and open discussion on China that live outside of paywalls basically don't exist anymore. Since COVID has locked me out of China and forced me to move to the US, my living expenses have gone up, and spending dozens of hours on this podcast is looking increasingly unsustainable. Right now, I make less than $5 an hour producing this show. If you'd like to see ChinaTalk continue to come out weekly,
Please consider supporting me at glow.fm/chinatalk
I'm also thinking about launching some member rewards, like live zoom, tapings of episodes where audience members can ask questions as well as a book club. Thanks so much!
Outtro music: 功夫胖 KUNGFUPEN 🔥🔥🔥 热得冒烟
Customer ReviewsSee All
How could Jordan only make $3 an hour for this?
Well, as they say, it’s an intellectual pursuit.
Do this podcast and do your writing in Chinese.
An accessible and fun listen
I would say this is one of the more interesting and accessible podcasts on China. Not at all dry, the host is fun and guests are deeply informative. Episodes are also not overly long. Highly recommended.
Love the podcast but the audio (especially on Jordan’s side) the last few months has been really bad.