The China History Podcast

After a record-breaking pause in the action Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish off 2013.  This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft requested topic here at the China History Podcast.  This is a history that goes hand in hand with the earliest Chinese immigration to the US.  If you’re interested to learn more on the subject check out Andrew Coe and Jennifer 8 Lee’s books.  The links to amazon are below:

Andrew Coe – “Chop Suey”  http://amzn.to/1h99KCp

Jennifer 8. Lee – “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles”  http://amzn.to/1elXxph

Direct download: CHP-128-The_History_of_American_Chinese_Cuisine-f.mp3
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In this episode we take a look at the circumstances and times when the brand spanking new nation of the USA came a calling to China for the very first time.  The so-called “Most Important Relationship in the World” had very humble origins indeed.  When representatives of the United States first arrived in Canton in August 1783 they really had a lot of explaining to do about who they were and where they came from.  Repeatedly they had to explain to the Chinese who interacted with them that they weren’t British.

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE 

Qianlong 乾隆  The Qing emperor who reigned 1735-1796

Guangzhou 广州  Canton

Wujing 五经  The Five Classics

Sishu  四书 The Four Books

Zhong-Mei guanxi 中美关系  China – US Relations

Lao Mei 老美 a term for America or Americans…not particularly a polite way to say it

Lao Zhong 老中 I never heard this used before…but the counterpart of Lao Mei

Jin Sha 金沙 Cumshaw. A bribe given in the form of a gift (means gold sand or gold dust)

Wuyi Cha 武夷茶  Bohea Tea  A popular type of tea export back in the day

Xichun Cha 熙春茶  Hyson Tea Another popular type of tea export back in the day.

Bupingdeng tiaoyue  不平等条约 Unequal Treaty

Qiying  耆英 Known as “Keying”, a Manchu noble who signed many Unequal Treaties

Wangxia Tiaoyue  望夏条约  The Treaty of Wangxia July 3, 1844

Guanyin Tang  观音堂  The Temple in Macao where the Treaty of Wangxia was signed

Puji Chanyuan  普及禅院  The former name of this temple

Da-Qing  大清  The name of the Qing Empire…means Great Qing

Jean Baptiste Du Halde, writer of the The General History of China http://www.archive.org/stream/generalhistoryof01duha#page/n0/mode/2up

Direct download: CHP-127-The_Birth_of_US-China_Relations-R.mp3
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This week we look at the Khitan people of the steppes.  These people came from the lands in between Manchuria and Mongolia.  Their most famous son was Yelü Abaoji who took his people to great heights in the early 10th century.  His Liao Dynasty in the north of present day China ran concurrently with the continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-126-Yelu_Abaoji.mp3
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In this episode we explore the life and times of Zhuge Liang (181-234 AD).  He’s a very good example of a well-known name from Chinese history that many have heard of but aren’t quite sure why.  He lived during the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms periods.  Zhuge Liang is mostly remembered for his cleverness and continue reading >>
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Today after a month-long break the CHP is back with another episode.  This time we look at the life and times of Sir Y.K. Pao.  In telling the story of Sir Yue-kong Pao (Bao Yugang in Mandarin) we can also relive the periods in China and Hong Kong during the 1960′s, 70′s and into the continue reading >>

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After the longest delay in between CHP episodes ever, we resume our Chinese history voyage. This time we look at a topic that isn’t particularly well-known but offers a glimpse of one sliver of the Chinese diaspora that began once the Qing Dynasty began to fall on hard times.    The story of the Chinese continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-123-The_History_of_the_Chinese_in_Mexico.mp3
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In this part 4 episode we conclude our overview of the Chinese Civil War.  After the Pingjin Campaign ended in January of 1949 it was time for the Communists to finish off what they started.  Victory was imminent but by no means would it be easy and simple.  The PLA forces dramatically crossed the Yangzi continue reading >>
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This episode mainly covers the year 1948 and the three great campaigns that sealed Chiang Kai-shek’s fate on the Chinese mainland.  The focus will be on the Liaoshen, Huaihai and Pingjin Campaigns that not only grabbed all of north China and Manchuria for the Communists but the heartland and everything north of the Yangzi River continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-121-The_Chinese_Civil_War_Part_3.mp3
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  This week’s episode focuses mainly on the year 1947.  The Americans have now left and the NRA and PLA attack each other with all they got.  The years starts out well for the Nationalists as they pummel the PLA in Manchuria and in the north.  But once the summer offensive begins, it’s a steady continue reading >>
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  In this week’s episode we begin a multi-part series covering the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949.  In China this is known as the War of Liberation.  In this Part 1 we will look at the background leading up to the war as well as failed attempts by the Americans in 1945-1946 to continue reading >>
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In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service.  Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors.  US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.  Already the CCP and KMT are facing off militarily in some continue reading >>
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This week’s episode runs way into overtime but at least we’re getting through to the end of 1944.  The Dixie Mission is in full swing by the end of that year.  John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and dynamic China hands.  But there are those who don’t continue reading >>
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In this second episode covering the life of John S. Service we take a look at the general situation and the proliferation of mistrust and bad faith in wartime Chongqing.  Chiang Kai-shek remains baffled and frustrated with American efforts to cozy up to Mao. He blames the China Hands such as John Service for feeding continue reading >>
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This week we explore the life and times of John S. Service.  I’m using writer Lynne Joiner’s book Honorable Survivor, Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service. This original “China Hand” was born in China and grew up in Chengdu and Shanghai.  He went on to a brilliant career in the continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-115-John_Service_Part_1.mp3
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This episode takes a slightly deeper look at the Shang Dynasty and their signature achievement, the oracle bone script.  Some of this episode will be a repeat of things covered in CHP-015.  Like the oldest parts of the oldest world civilizations a lot of what we “know” is the collective guesswork of the best minds continue reading >>

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This week we look at the Canadian and international hero Dr. Norman Bethune.  Bethune is a staple among noted western friends and advisors who came to China in 1938 to help the Communists and the people in their struggle against the Japanese.  He was not only a great friend of China, but a gifted and continue reading >>
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This week we look at a topic many have heard about but aren’t familiar with the details.   We look at the early origins of the Jewish people in China and the time of the settlement in Kaifeng, Henan.  Although you’d be hard pressed to find a minyan amongst the native Jews in Kaifeng today, continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-112-The_Kaifeng_Jews.mp3
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This week we delve back into the mists of ancient times to look at the State of Wu from the Spring & Autumn Period.  Although they didn’t last long, the Wu State had a major impact on the development of the culture of the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai  region.  There are a few Wu periods in Chinese history. continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-111-The_Wu_State.mp3
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In this episode we will conclude our History of Hong Kong overview.  We’ll look at the years following the 1967 riots and the reforms championed by Governor Murray MacLehose in the 1970′s and 80′s.  We’ll close out this series by looking at the dramatic lead up to and the signing of the Joint Declaration, the continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-110-The_History_of_Hong_Kong_Part_10.mp3
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In this week’s episode we look at the year 1967 in Hong Kong.   The words “riots” and “1967″ go hand in hand when talking about Hong Kong history.  Although the events that went down between May and December of 1967 caused death, mayhem and destruction throughout the territory, when it was all over it continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-109-The_History_of_Hong_Kong_Part_9.mp3
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After a bit of a break we pick up after the the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.  The 1950′s was a stressful time for Hong Kong with Britain managing a diplomatic balancing act trying to be a good neighbor to the new PRC and  to their closest ally, the USA.  Thanks to the exodus of continue reading >>

Direct download: CHP-108-The_History_of_Hong_Kong_Part_8.mp3
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