7 episodes

A deep dive into the Taiwan Strait, one of the major frontlines of the battle between western hegemony and eastern counter-hegemony, between dying unipolarity and rising multipolarity, discussing all matters related to cross-strait affairs between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, past and present, and connecting them with global politics.

Strait Talk with Xiangyu Strait Talk with Xiangyu

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A deep dive into the Taiwan Strait, one of the major frontlines of the battle between western hegemony and eastern counter-hegemony, between dying unipolarity and rising multipolarity, discussing all matters related to cross-strait affairs between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, past and present, and connecting them with global politics.

    Ep 6: Meeting "Douglas MacArthur" (w/ Mario Cavolo)

    Ep 6: Meeting "Douglas MacArthur" (w/ Mario Cavolo)

    In this episode of Strait Talk, I sit down with Mario Cavolo, a multifaceted writer and actor residing in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. Mario shares his experiences portraying General Douglas MacArthur in the Chinese historical series Crossing the Yalu River, and we discuss how his character's role in the Korean War connects with my family's history, which led to my relatives living in Shenyang today. Our conversation spans various topics, including the impact of historical events on personal lives and the increasing vilification of China in western media. Mario offers his unique insights into these complex issues, making this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in history, media, and cross-cultural experiences. Join us for a candid and thought-provoking discussion that bridges past and present, personal and global narratives.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep 5: Bridging Divides (w/ Li Jingjing)

    Ep 5: Bridging Divides (w/ Li Jingjing)

    During my recent trip to Beijing, I had the opportunity to sit down with Li Jingjing, a renowned journalist and vlogger known for her insightful reporting on current events and her engaging portrayal of everyday life in China for an international audience. In this episode, we touch upon a wide a range of topics, including mainland Chinese perspectives on Taiwan, practical ways to foster mutual understanding between people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and the broader significance of our work in building bridges between China and the rest of the world. Join us for this insightful conversation aimed at helping you grasp these complex issues and emphasizing the importance of dialogue in today's world.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 4: Strait to the Top: Iron Mic and the Rise of Chinese Hip-Hop (w/ Detroit Showtyme)

    Ep 4: Strait to the Top: Iron Mic and the Rise of Chinese Hip-Hop (w/ Detroit Showtyme)

    Conversations about Chinese hip-hop are incomplete without recognizing the contributions from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The discussion also needs to address the connections to American hip-hop, the origin of the genre. Our guest, Detroit Showtyme, a hip-hop enthusiast from Detroit who moved to Shanghai in 1999, played a significant role in nurturing authentic Chinese hip-hop culture over the last quarter century. We delve into the history and evolution of Chinese hip-hop and tackle intriguing topics, including the debated issue of cultural appropriation within the genre. Whether you're interested in China, cross-strait dynamics, hip-hop, or Detroit, you're in for a very special treat.
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Ep 3: Life in Substitute Service (w/ Leo)

    Ep 3: Life in Substitute Service (w/ Leo)

    In this episode of Strait Talk, I invited Leo, a fellow conscript from our time in Substitute Service at the Training Center of the National Fire Agency, to discuss our experiences there. What is the Fire A I also give a brief introduction to the history of conscription in Taiwan and summarize how the laws governing it have evolved over the years. What is Substitute Service? How is it different from military service? What is the Training Center? Tune in to find out!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 2: Crossing the Taiwan Strait (w/ Zoe Discovers)

    Ep 2: Crossing the Taiwan Strait (w/ Zoe Discovers)

    In this episode, we're joined by Zoe Discovers, a prominent voice on north Korea with firsthand experience living on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. We delve into her perspectives as a foreigner in China on the similarities and differences between Taiwan and mainland. Additionally, we touch on the parallels and distinctions between the offshore islands of Fujian Province under Taipei's control and Korea's DMZ.
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep 1: America First vs. America First (w/ Jackson Hinkle)

    Ep 1: America First vs. America First (w/ Jackson Hinkle)

    Joining us for this episode is Jackson Hinkle, one of the most sanctioned political commentators, a people's ambassador of the United States, and a very divisive figure among American netizens described by right-wing detractors as a communist traitor, and by baizuo detractors as a fascist national chauvinistic bigot. Together, we delve into the shared concerns of ordinary people both in Taiwan and the United States, highlighting how their interests often clash with the agendas of the elites on Wall Street and in Washington. We also discuss how U.S. foreign policies go against the interests of the vast majority of the world's population, including Americans.
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    • 2 hr 5 min

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