Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.
Ep. 279 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 2)
Laszlo picks up in 1818 with the Napoleonic Wars finished and the Dutch returning to their colonies to put everything back the way it was when they left. The struggle between the Dutch and the Chinese kongsis of West Borneo discussed previously continues with a fight to the finish in Part 2. The legacy of this century of history that occurred in Kalimantan Barat between 1750-1884, lives on in our day with the Indonesian-Chinese descendants of these adventurous immigrants from Guangdong and Fujian provinces.
Ep. 278 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 1)
The history of the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia is rich with all kinds of lesser-known or forgotten tales, like this one. A kongsi 公司 today means a company. But when Chinese immigrants from Eastern Guangdong and Southern Fujian were heading in the direction of West Borneo to engage in gold mining, kongsis were established as associations where its members were organized and led.
The Chinese migrants in West Borneo faced a constant barrage of challenges and these Kongsis, mostly Hakka, but also from the other main Chinese linguistic groups, were a mechanism with very democratic looking appearances, that took care of the needs of the group. This is Part 1 of an overview of their history.
CHP Special Episode | Larry Feign and The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao
Laszlo is pleased to present an interview with longtime Hong Kong resident, writer, and cartoonist Larry Feign to discuss his new novel The Flower Boat Girl.
The story is about Zheng Yi Sao, who was one of the most feared pirates in the early 19th century, and at one point, had command of a fleet of over 1,500 ships. Her life was the subject of Episode 174 of The China History Podcast, and in this episode we take another look at her astonishing life, this time with Mr. Feign’s expertise on the subject.
Larry’s book is hot off the press and now available everywhere, for more info, visit https://piratequeenbook.com/
Ep. 277 | Lin Yutang, with The Chinese Literature Podcast Duo
In this China History Podcast episode, Laszlo teams up with Rob Moore and Lee Moore (no relation) from The Chinese Literature Podcast to explore the life and work of the highly influential writer Lin Yutang. Though rather unknown in our day, there was a time when Lin Yutang was the most recognizable name in the West who wrote and spoke about China. This episode explores his early years and later literary and political achievements during the 1930s to 1970s. Links to the Chinese Literature Podcast at the show notes
Special Announcement - Audio course on The Silk Road & One Belt, One Road
Hi Everyone I'd like to announce that along with avid.fm I’m pleased to present to you an introduction to the Silk Road - its past, present, and future. If you want to understand the history of the Silk Road and the implications of its modern-day successor, the Belt & Road Initiative, this course will equip you with everything you need to understand it.
Looking to the past, we’ll explore the rugged and inhospitable terrain that stood between China and the markets of Rome, and we’ll understand how along this path came goods, ideas, and people who shaped the world - from Buddhism to Architecture, Philosophy to Gunpowder. and we’ll meet a cast of characters like Marco Polo, Faxian, a Chinese monk who traveled by foot from China to India exploring Buddhist Kingdoms and Zhang Qian, a famed Chinese diplomat who essentially opened China to the world of commercial trade. You’ll get to know all of these stories, and understand the deeper historical implications of the people, ideas, and goods that traveled the Silk Road.
Armed with this, we’ll journey to the (near) present, and look at how in 2013 China’s President Xi Jinping adopted the Silk Road as the inspiration behind the One Belt One Road or Belt and Road Initiative. This mega-project is slated for completion in 2049…just in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. How has history informed China’s decision to pursue the One Belt One Road initiative? What progress has already been made towards it? We’ll find out, and learn about the present-day motives for the initiative.
Finally, we’ll gaze into the future and understand the implications of the One Belt One Road Initiative in the decades to come. What countries will it affect? How will China benefit from it - and what are the controversies surrounding it? We’ll cover this in enough detail that I hope you’ll be able to make up your own mind about this project, and hold down any conversation on the topic - be it at business, at a United Nations reception, or just at dinner with the in-laws!
I warmly welcome you to listen. The Silk Road, its past, present, and future, will be something you won’t want to miss. From the adventures of Zhang Qian to the swashbuckling diplomacy of the 21st Century, it’s a wild ride that will delight and inform you, and which you’ll find as useful in life and business as it is pleasurable to learn about.
Remember, satisfaction is assured and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee from the good folks at avid.fm.
You’ll be having a collaborative learning experience with a group of learners. You'll get to make friends with like-minded peers and also ask questions to me. For this cohort, the course enrollment period ends on July 5th, so head over to Avid.fm/Laszlo
Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the course.
Ep. 276 | Sanxingdui and Ancient Shu
Just in time, we look at all the recent finds at the newly discovered six sacrificial pits at Sanxingdui. Archaeologists and historians are pretty sure all these exciting discoveries going back to 1986 at Sanxingdui, Jinsha, Shangwangjiaguai are from the ancient state of Shu. This topic has been requested constantly throughout the years. I'm glad I waited until now to unleash it on you. Be looking for even more incredible discoveries at the Sanxingdui site that will be announced in the coming months and years.
A TERRIFIC history podcast.
LM is a pleasure to hear, and explains things clearly. Thanks, Teacup Media!
History of Chinese in Thailand
Quite an amazing storyteller with vast knowledge of events shaping the history of Chinese people in Thailand and the royal courts.
I love your CHP episodes very much.