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The China History Podcast

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.

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Ep. 266 | Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

This time Laszlo introduces an outstanding Chinese-American scientist who will be honored in the United States on February 11, 2021 with a new commemorative postage stamp. Dr. C.S. Wu came to America in 1936 and due to circumstances in her homeland, ended up staying in the US for good. She made many contributions in the field of physics and worked on the Manhattan Project. Dr. Wu was role model and tireless campaigner for encouraging young women to study the sciences and for equal rights. Her's was a great American success story.

2021-01-25
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Ep. 265 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 7)

We bring this light but informative series about the history of the Thai Chinese to a close in this 7th episode.  This time we wind things down with events that happened during and after WWII with a patented CHP rush to the finish with Thailand's role in the region as a modern economic powerhouse. 

Thanks, everyone for listening.  In the years to come, I plan to return to Thai Chinese history and do some deeper dives into some of the people and events. 

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2021-01-11
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Ep. 264 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 6)

Laszlo continues on with this light but a satisfying overview of the Thai-Chinese.  With Field Marshal Phibun in charge in Bangkok, the flames of Thai nationalism are being furiously fanned and the ethnic Chinese inhabitants of Siam are feeling the heat. 

But with the ultimate defeat of Japan, the Chinese can finally breathe a sigh of relief....or could they?  

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2020-12-28
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Ep. 263 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 5)

We leave the 19th century and focus on the events in Siam during the early 20th century. This time we look at some of the histories that happened during the reigns of the progressive king and friend to the Thai Chinese King Chulalongkorn and his son, the not so friendly to the Thai Chinese King Vajiravudh.

Whenever flames of nationalism are fanned, certain elements of society are bound to get burnt.

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2020-12-14
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Ep. 262 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 4)

Laszlo continues on with the second half of the 18th century, a prosperous time for the Kingdom of Siam.  With all this  unprecedented good fortune sloshing around the kingdom thanks to free trade, the demand for labor drew waves of Chinese immigration to this western edge of the South Seas.  

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2020-11-30
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Ep. 261 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 3)

In this 261st episode, we'll take the Thai Chinese history a little further up the timeline to the Thonburi Kingdom of Taksin the Great and into the Chakri Dynasty with King Rama I.

After shaking things up profoundly in China, the Age of Imperialism will now come knocking on Siam's door. As before and in the years to follow, Siam's ethnic Chinese proved to be a formidable force in keeping the ship of state afloat and prospering while colonialism raged across Southeast Asia.

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2020-11-16
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Ep. 260 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 2)

More 18th-century Thai history. King Phetracha to the end of the Ayudhya Kingdom.  The ethnic Chinese contribution to building the foundation of the Thai economy is legendary. 

Here's where it all began. During this period China, ruled by the Manchu Qing emperors was on a major roll, and Ayudhyan kings were anxious to be friends with Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong.  Having the Thai-Chinese around came in handy in a very big way.

2020-11-02
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Ep. 259 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 1)

In a new series that may or may not take us to the end of 2020, Laszlo looks at the great Kingdom of Thailand and the history of the Chinese immigrants who decided to call that place home. 

In this Part 1 episode of the new series, we'll focus on the goings-on in the Chinese community during the Ayudhya Kingdom (1350-1767) up to the time of King Phetracha. 

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2020-10-19
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Ep. 258 | Jiang Ziya

In this 258th CHP episode, just in time for the guaranteed blockbuster animated movie ?Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification? Laszlo brings you an overview of this hero and strategist from ancient Chinese history. 

Jiang Ziya?s story takes place during the waning years of the Shang and the founding of the Zhou Dynasty.  For non-Chinese speakers, try not to get tripped up with King Zhòu X?n of the Shang and the Kings Wen, Wu and Duke of the House of Zh?u.  

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2020-10-02
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Ep. 257 | Emily "Mickey" Hahn

Not to be confused with Emily Hahn, the voice of Bonnie in Toy Story 3 who got to live happily ever after with Woody and Buzz, Emily Mickey Hahn (1905-1997) was a woman who lived a long and interesting life.

Her writings from her years in China from 1935 to 1943 and the dispatches she sent back to The New Yorker Magazine were essential reading for those hungry to learn about China during a time when the world was becoming smaller and more dangerous. 

She experienced first hand the desolation and ravages of Japanese invasion and occupation. Besides her journalistic contributions to the early American understanding of China, she was an early feminist patron saint, living life to its fullest and ignoring the conventions of her day that still demanded women know their place.

2020-09-21
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Ep. 256 | Vincent Chin

With the Xinjiang series behind us, we look at a tragic event from modern Chinese-American history that happened almost four decades ago.

The person we will focus on today, Vincent Chin, was living in Detroit, working as a draftsman, and was soon to be married. But then on June 19, 1982 his life took a violent and tragic turn.  

This story from history concerns the life of Vincent Chin whose death inspired a movement.

2020-09-07
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Ep. 255 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 12)

In this final 12th episode we'll look at Xinjiang from 1885 to 1949.  More unrest, well intentions gone wrong, Soviet subterfuge and two East Turkestan Republics. 

And after all the events that happened going back to Qianlong, Xinjiang finally goes out with a whimper in 1949 with the Communist PLA takeover.  We'll look at the rogue's gallery of Xinjiang governors/warlords who ran the place from 1912 to 1949.

I hope you enjoyed this twelve-part series. If you want to learn more you're in luck. The number of books (including serious academic works), scholarly papers, web resources, and videos that are out there, should be able to satisfy you to no end.

2020-08-24
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Ep. 254 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 11)

In this penultimate episode of the series Laszlo introduces some of the major happenings in Xinjiang during the waning decades of the Qing Dynasty. 

After a brief glance at Yaqub Beg and his time in the limelight during the turbulent 1860's and 1870's. We'll finish off with Zuo Zongtang and the Qing re-conquest of Xinjiang. 

2020-08-10
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Ep. 253 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 10)

Laszlo is back with more History of Xinjiang.  The focus this time in Part 10 will be on the Qing Dynasty during the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong.

The rise and fall of the Zunghar Khanate will also be explored, as well as the violent and tragic aftermath following the Zunghars defeat.    

2020-07-27
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Ep. 252 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 9)

In this episode, we'll look at the 13th to 17th centuries, Yuan to Qing. After the final end of the Chagatai Khanate, it's going to be non-stop wars, alliances, and betrayals in this portion of Central Asia.

The Zunghars will emerge as a new power in Xinjiang that posed a threat to the new Qing Dynasty. That will lead to all kinds of trouble that we'll look at the next episode.

2020-07-13
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Ep. 251 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 8)

After inserting that 10-Year Anniversary special 7-Part program in between the last episode (Part 7) and this one, we're back with more Xinjiang in Part 8. 

Lots of action happening during the 9th to 13th centuries.  We start off with the great Uyghur diaspora that followed after the fall of the Uyghur Khaganate in 840. 

In this episode, we'll see what happened to them after they arrived in Gansu and Xinjiang.  We'll also skim the surface to review the Kara-Khanid and Kara-Khitai Khanates who both had such a profound influence on shaping the future development of Central Asia and the spread of Islam. 

2020-07-02
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 7)

In this episode we finish off the 1972 visit of Richard Nixon to the PRC.  The series finale looks at the exciting meeting between the two leaders, Nixon and Mao and relive "the week that changed the world." 

2020-06-29
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 6)

In Part 6 of this CHP 10-Year Anniversary Program looking back at the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon, we're still in October 1971. 

Kissinger is deftly trying to get Zhou Enlai to back off on few points. Because the communique could not be finalized General Al Haig was sent back in January to nail down final details for the visit of Nixon in February 1972. 

And then the moment happens. 

Nixon lands in Beijing and has that magic moment with Zhou Enlai at the steps of Air Force One.  Next episode we'll conclude with the actual visit of Nixon and his historic meetings with Mao and Zhou.

2020-06-28
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 5)

The drama continues in this Part 5 episode.

Kissinger is briefing Nixon on his secret visit in July 1971.  Not everything was nailed down in this one single visit. 

It would take another trip in October to almost but not quite get all the negotiations and preparations taken care of. Nixon announced this breakthrough to the American people in prime time.

The secret was out. 

The problem of how to handle Taiwan was still not settled and a lot remained to be discussed.  Lots of action going on...including an attempted coup by Lin Biao.

2020-06-26
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 4)

Welcome back to the CHP 10-Year special bonus episodes that review US-China relations from 1969 to 1972.  This time in Part 4 we see how the talks in Beijing went between two very smooth operators: Zhou Enlai and Henry A. Kissinger. 

We'll close out the episode with Kissinger back in the States giving his boss, the president, the whole skinny on the July 9-11, 1971 visit and the discussions.

2020-06-23
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 3)

Things are really heating up as we start Part 3 of this special 10-Year Anniversary special program.  In this episode, we re-live the drama of ping-pong diplomacy and breakthrough in the talks.  Zhou Enlai agrees to meet with Henry Kissinger. 

The dates of July 9-11, 1971 are agreed upon.  And we close this episode with the secret visit to Beijing by Kissinger and the face to face meetings with Zhou Enlai.

2020-06-20
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 2)

Thanks for coming back to Part 2 of this special CHP 10-Year Special Series.  The focus is in 1969-1970 with the US and PRC sending signals through their mutual Pakistani, French, and Romanian friends. China is still dealing with a border war with the Soviets.

The Vietnam War was not letting up.  Finally, Zhou Enlai sends written word that a presidential envoy is welcome to visit and discuss the subject of Taiwan and other matters of mutual concern. 

2020-06-18
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10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 1)

Back in November 2010 when I started the China History Podcast I presented a two-part series on the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon.  Those were the old episodes CHP-008 and 009.  I retired those from the back catalog and would like to present this total makeover version instead. 

Here is Part 1 of a seven-part series that will come your way over the next 2 weeks. The reason I chose this topic over so many others is this. Looking at the seemingly hopeless state of US-China relations at this time in 2020, it's important to remember we were in similar circumstances before and still found a way to hold our noses and get along with each other all these years. 

The US and China are racing along a dangerous path right now and maybe there's something we can learn in looking back at those years between 1969-1972. Admittedly these are vastly different times compared to then.  We can work it out.

In Part 1 this time we'll get an overview of just how bad US and PRC relations were between 1949 to 1969.

2020-06-16
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Ep. 250 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 7)

In this arguably milestone 250th episode we finally get around to the Uyghurs. Their ancient history is discussed and how they rose from one of several tribes in a Turkic confederation to their own Khaganate.

The Tang Dynasty is finished off and a new religion (not Manichaeism, Nestorian Church, Buddhism, or Zoroastrianism) will start knocking on China's door.

2020-06-15
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Ep. 249 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 6)

We finally make it to the Tang Dynasty and their Protectorate to Pacify the West.  Their adventures out in Xinjiang lasted off and on for about a hundred and fifty years. 

In this episode, I'll try and sort out the major events and players who made up this high point in the Silk Road trade.  The history in Xinjiang was dominated by Tang China, various Turkic tribes, and a very powerful and warlike Tibetan Empire.

2020-05-30
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Ep. 248 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 5)

The saga continues, and how exciting it's becoming! The Göktürks, the Sui Dynasty, Buddhism galore, and lots of historic times to all starting to happen.

In this Part 5 episode, the plot thickens and Xinjiang is getting a facelift. In a few hundred years you will hardly recognize it.  

2020-05-17
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Ep. 247 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 4)

In this episode, we bid farewell to the Han Dynasty and hello to a long period of a disunited China. The states and kingdoms of the basins of Xinjiang catch a bit of a break. We take a quick look at a few of the kingdoms of the southern Tarim Basin as well as Turpan.

And what episode would be complete without some nomadic bad guys causing the Chinese so much stress? We also look at the Rouran and the Hephthalites.

2020-05-02
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Ep. 246 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 3)

More Han Dynasty for you in this Part 3 episode with a special focus on the great diplomat and general Ban Chao.   Back in those Han Dynasty days, Xinjiang was still considered very far away and not so easy to hold onto. 

From the Han till the Tang, as Silk Road riches continue to grow along the trade routes, China will be in and out of the Western regions and face all kinds of competition for the great wealth contained within the Tarim and Turpan basins.

2020-04-20
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Ep. 245 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 2)

In this Part 2 episode, we leave pre-history behind and look at Xinjiang's importance during the Qin and Han dynasties. Here is where the Han Chinese interaction with these lands far to the west began.

Though a good portion of today's episode doesn't actually take place in Xinjiang, the story of the Yuezhi, Xiongnu, Zhang Qian, and the rise of Han Dynasty China is central to everything that follows later. 

2020-04-06
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Ep. 244 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 1)

In this CHP episode, we start a new multi-part series that looks at the history of the land known today as Xinjiang. This series will cover about 4000 years of history starting in this episode with the Tarim Mummies.

2020-03-23
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Ep. 243 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 3)

In this final installment introducing the life and death of Kawashima Yoshiko, we look at the last decade and a half of her strange and tragic life.  In the last episode, her star was on the rise.  But after 1933 it's one long slow steady decline into madness and despair. 

2020-03-09
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Ep. 242 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 2)

We continue on with Part 2 of the strange life of the Manchu Princess, Kawashima Yoshiko.  Now she's on her own, in China, without any "adult supervision" and in full sartorial splendor. 

The early years of the 1930's are presenting a few opportunities for Yoshiko after making all kinds of new "friends" in Shanghai.    

2020-02-24
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Ep. 241 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 1)

We leave the warlords behind but not the time period. This time, in this first of a three part series, we examine the strange and tragic life of Kawashima Yoshiko.

Born a princess in the Manchu Qing royal family, she went on to have quite an extraordinary life. In this Part 1 episode we'll look at her early days and rehash some old Qing Dynasty history from the 17th century

2020-02-10
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Ep. 240 | The Warlord Era (Part 10)

In this concluding episode, we close the book on this China Warlord Era overview that began in 1916 and lingered on and on until 1930.  By the time it was over Japan was on the cusp of their invasion of Manchuria plunging China into another national crisis. 

In Part Ten we'll look at Zhang Zongchang's Warlord Rebellion in Northeast Shandong and a special focus on Liu Zhennian, the Red Spears, and the Central Plains War.

2020-01-27
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Ep. 239 | The Warlord Era (Part 9)

As the Northern Expedition ramps up and the Warlord Era starts to wind down, there's still plenty of action and violence to go around. In this episode, we look at the events following the Shanghai Massacre when Chiang and his "ally" Wang Jingwei take the fight to Zhang Zuolin's northern warlord alliance.

The Manchurian Warlords meets his end in this episode. We'll finish off the series next time in Part 10.

2020-01-11
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Ep. 238 | The Warlord Era (Part 8)

Part 8 in this series first presents a brief overview of "The Model Governor" Yan Xishan and his home province of Shanxi. After some daring moves on Chiang Kai-shek's part, he bests his opponents and takes control of the KMT and the National Revolutionary Army.

Under his command, Chiang launches the Northern Expedition. This episode will focus on the fateful years of 1926-1927.

2019-12-30
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Ep. 237 | The Warlord Era (Part 7)

In this Part 7 episode, the decade of battling warlords is coming to an end.  Anhui and Zhili, then Zhili and Fengtian...and then Zhili and Fengtian again.

The last of these series of clashes between warlords contending for supremacy in China will be the Anti-Fengtian War (covered in this very episode).  After 1925 everyone had had enough with these military governors. 

Was anyone going to step up and take them on and deal with the warlords once and for all? 

In these final years, it won't be warlords fighting each other as much as they will be fighting for their own survival.

2019-12-16
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Ep. 236 | The Warlord Era (Part 6)

Things were looking on the up and up for Wu Peifu after his defeat of Zhang Zuolin in the First Zhili-Fengtian War. In this episode, we look at the years 1922-24 and the Second Zhili-Fengtian War. And you can't talk about the Second Zhiuli-Fengtian War without also mentioning the Jiangsu-Zhejiang War.

The Christian Warlord Feng Yuxiang is featured in this episode.  Besides the old stalwarts, also mentioned in this episode will be Lu Yongxiang, Qi Xieyuan, Sun Chuanfang, and Zhang Zongchang.

Still have a few more major warlords to go before we come to the end of this tale.

2019-12-02
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Ep. 235 | The Warlord Era (Part 5)

In Part 5 Laszlo gives the backstory to the Anhui-Zhili War and introduces another warlord, the famous Zhang Zuolin?The Manchurian Warlord. 

With this civil war within the Beiyang Organization, the unity that existed since the time of Yuan Shikai is smashed.  We'll look at the very brief war between the forces of Duan Qirui and their Zhili opponents led by Wu Peifu as well as the aftermath up to and including the First Zhili-Fengtian War, 1922-1924.

2019-11-18
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Ep. 234 | The Warlord Era (Part 4)

The saga continues with the splintering of the Beiyang Army into factions or cliques who will battle each other for supremacy of the government.

Hubei military governor Wang Zhanyuan will be examined as one of the textbook examples of how these generals evolved into warlords. Zhili Clique leaders Cao Kun and Wu Peifu will also be introduced.

2019-11-02
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Ep. 233 | The Warlord Era (Part 3)

The saga continues as the demise of Yuan Shikai is followed by the rise of Duan Qirui and Feng Guozhang. The Beiyang Military machine begins to crack into two main factions or cliques.

In this episode, we will also hear about the exploits and imperial dreams of the Mafoo Warlord, Zhang Xun. And as the world mainly focused on the Great War in Europe, these two years of 1917-1918 were filled with so many momentous events in Republican China.

2019-10-21
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Ep. 232 | The Warlord Era (Part 2)

We looked at the setup for the Warlord Era last episode.  This time in Part 2 we focus on the rise and fall of Yuan Shikai and all the measures he took between 1911-1916.

These all primed the pump for the Warlord Era that followed his sudden death in June 1916.    

2019-10-07
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Ep. 231 | The Warlord Era (Part 1)

After years of requests to cover this topic, Laszlo finally gets around to the history of China's Warlord Era that lasted from 1916 to 1928 and into the Nanjing Decade.

In this Part 1 episode, Laszlo gives some background into the historical developments that led to the rise of, who some call, the first warlord, Yuan Shikai.

2019-09-23
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Ep. 230 | Pirate and Mongol Slayer Qi Jiguang

In this episode, Laszlo introduces one of the great military heroes of the Ming Dynasty. Though rather well-known to Chinese who went through the public school systems of Greater China, little is known of him elsewhere.

Qi Jiguang helped to rid the China coast of pirates (W?kòu) and through his epic Great Wall restoration engineering project he kept the Mongol menace at bay and preserved the Ming Dynasty for an additional half-century.

His two military treatises were required reading into modern times and he contributed greatly to the introduction of Chinese martial arts into the military as a training regimen.

2019-09-09
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CHP Special Episode | China Tripping (Part 1)

In this special CHP episode produced in partnership with the 21st Century China Center at the University of California-San Diego, I am honored and privileged to host a discussion with the three editors of the new book "China Tripping - Experiencing the Everyday in the People's Republic."

I hope you will delight in this program brought to you in two parts. It was both riveting and insightful for me to hear Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link and Jeremy Murray speak about the making of the book and listening to their own excerpts that were as brief as they were rich and meaningful. 

I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I enjoyed being the host. 

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538123690/China-Tripping-Encountering-the-Everyday-in-the-People%E2%80%99s-Republic

Jeremy A. Murray is an Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Bernardino.

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside.

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. 

2019-09-06
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CHP Special Episode | China Tripping (Part 2)

In this special CHP Part 2 episode produced in partnership with the 21st Century China Center at the University of California-San Diego, I am honored and privileged to host a discussion with the three editors of the new book "China Tripping - Experiencing the Everyday in the People's Republic."

I hope you will delight in this program brought to you in two parts. It was both riveting and insightful for me to hear Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link and Jeremy Murray speak about the making of the book and listening to their own excerpts that were as brief as they were rich and meaningful. 

I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I enjoyed being the host.  https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538123690/China-Tripping-Encountering-the-Everyday-in-the-People%E2%80%99s-Republic

Jeremy A. Murray is Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Bernardino.

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside.

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. 

2019-09-06
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Ep. 229 | The Walled City of Kowloon

Laszlo finally gets around to one of the most requested topics of all time, the Walled City of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

In this episode, the history behind the Kowloon Walled City is introduced from its humble beginnings starting in the Southern Song to its later demolition during the early 1990's. 

2019-08-26
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Ep. 228 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 3)

We finish off the series on the Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai by examining the lives of the three remaining women, Li Xianglan, Yao Li, and Zhou Xuan. Yao Li sadly passed away only a month ago on July 19.

I hope you enjoyed this little three-part overview covering the lives of many of these early 20th century singers and musicians who gave us this amazing sound that's still enjoyed by millions around the world.

Their music is freely available all over the internet and on Spotify.

2019-08-11
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Ep. 227 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 2)

In this second part of the series Laszlo and special guest Spun Counterguy introduce Bai Hong, Bai Guang, Gong Qiuxia and Wu Yingyin. 

These four superstars of that golden era of music and entertainment left behind a string of hits that still inspires feelings of reminiscence for those days gone by. 

Yao Li, who sadly passed away recently on July 19, 2019 as well as Li Xianglan and Zhou Xuan will be covered in Part 3.

2019-07-29
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Ep. 266 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 1)

In this latest CHP installment, Laszlo finally gets around to introducing The Seven Great Singing Stars of old Shanghai whose performing skills on the silver screen and on 78 records provide us with a nostalgic glimpse of long-gone and controversial era.

In this Part 1 episode, we will focus on the one who made it all possible, the talented Li Jinhui. Mr. Spun Counterguy from the "In the Corner Back By the Woodpile" podcast joins Laszlo to assist in telling this story. 

Next time in Part 2 we'll look at the first four of these Seven Great Singing Stars of 1930s and 40's Shanghai.

2019-07-15
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