6 episodes

Silver Lining is a podcast that offers nuanced conversations about East Asian societies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to bring in the expertise of current Columbia graduate students from the East Asian Studies department - and other fields - to make the world of academia more accessible and less esoteric under the guidance of the Columbia Global Collaboratory.

By hearing from experts about topics ranging from economic policy to popular culture, we hope to offer a candid exploration of ideas relating to East Asia and the pandemic.


Few podcasts cover East Asian current affairs.

Now, more than ever, we believe it is imperative to listen, empathize, and find the silver lining.

Silver Lining: East Asia in the Pandemic Podcast about East Asia in the Pandemic

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Silver Lining is a podcast that offers nuanced conversations about East Asian societies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to bring in the expertise of current Columbia graduate students from the East Asian Studies department - and other fields - to make the world of academia more accessible and less esoteric under the guidance of the Columbia Global Collaboratory.

By hearing from experts about topics ranging from economic policy to popular culture, we hope to offer a candid exploration of ideas relating to East Asia and the pandemic.


Few podcasts cover East Asian current affairs.

Now, more than ever, we believe it is imperative to listen, empathize, and find the silver lining.

    Episode 6 (Abigail MacBain): The Origin of Buddhism in Japan

    Episode 6 (Abigail MacBain): The Origin of Buddhism in Japan

    In this episode, Columbia PhD candidate Abigail MacBain, explores the origins of buddhism in Japan, how it was used as a tool in extending state authority, and what buddhism is like in the regime today.

    • 33 min
    Episode 5 (Stephen Choi): Japanese Children's Literature - Why do children read what they read?

    Episode 5 (Stephen Choi): Japanese Children's Literature - Why do children read what they read?

    Stephen Choi, a PhD candidate at Columbia University, explores with us the historical evolution of Japanese children's literature: how the notion of children came about in modern Japan and how the literature for children had turned from nationalistic themes towards individualism in post-war Japan. We also talked about the use of gendered language in Japan and its influence on children's literature.

    • 29 min
    Episode 4 (Isaac Tan): Eugenics - the Japanese Brand of Racism in the Guise of Science

    Episode 4 (Isaac Tan): Eugenics - the Japanese Brand of Racism in the Guise of Science

    In this episode, Isaac Tan, Columbia PhD candidate in East Asian History, takes a close look at the formation of modern Japan in the interwar period. We discuss the country's history with eugenics, and how blood types continue to be used as an indicator of personality traits.

    • 25 min
    Episode 3 (Charles Chang): The Skepticism and Creativity of Chinese Internet Users

    Episode 3 (Charles Chang): The Skepticism and Creativity of Chinese Internet Users

    In this episode, Charles Chang, PhD and Assistant Professor of Environment and Urban Studies at Duke Kunshan explores the relationship between Chinese Internet users and their government. We discuss how skepticism towards government information compares in China and the U.S., how Chinese Internet users self-censor or use coded language to get around restrictions, and how movements for Internet transparency and privacy are evolving in China today.

    • 40 min
    Episode 2 (Peter Moody): When the Medium Becomes More Powerful Than the Message

    Episode 2 (Peter Moody): When the Medium Becomes More Powerful Than the Message

    In our second episode, we talk with Peter Moody - a Columbia doctoral student in Korean history - about the ideological use of music in North Korea, sports diplomacy between North and South Korea, and North Korea during the pandemic.

    • 24 min
    Episode 1 (Yanjie Huang): Sacrifice in China

    Episode 1 (Yanjie Huang): Sacrifice in China

    In our first episode of the Silver Lining podcast, Columbia Chinese history doctoral student Yanjie Huang discusses the notion of sacrifice and how it has evolved since the 1960s to the present day in China.

    • 18 min

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