The China History Podcast

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 (Wōkòu) 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.

Direct download: CHP-230-Pirate_and_Mongol_Slayer_Qi_Jiguang.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm PDT

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 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. 

Direct download: China_Tripping_Part_1_CHP-21C_Version.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:20am PDT

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. 

Direct download: China_Tripping_Part_2_CHP.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:45am PDT

Laszlo finally gets around to one of the most requested topics of all time. 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. 

Direct download: CHP-229-The_Kowloon_Walled_City.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT

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. Check the links below or search for any of the seven stars introduced. Their music is freely available all over the internet and on Spotify.

Direct download: chp228.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:39am PDT

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.

Direct download: CHP-227-The_Seven_Great_Singing_Stars_of_Shanghai_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:09pm PDT

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 1930's and 40's Shanghai.

Direct download: CHP_226_take_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

The CHP 8-Part series on the history of Tang Poetry concludes with this episode that looks at the lives of three more poets:  Li He, Du Mu and Li Shangyin.  And for an encore Laszlo will recite poems from all three of these greats.  The Late Tang period of Chinese poetry was marked with all the signs of an imperial house in decline.  It was a sad and melancholy time and quite a few Late Tang poems expressed the hopelessness felt during these sorrowful years.

Direct download: CHP-225-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_8.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

In this seventh installment of the history of Tang poetry we move on to the Middle Tang period. While the poetry might not be as celebrated as that produced during the High Tang, there were still many figures beloved in their own time and all through the centuries. We'll look at three of them in this episode: Bai Juyi, Yuan Zhen and Xue Tao. Next episode we'll finish off the series with the Late Tang poets.

Direct download: CHP-224-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_7.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am PDT

Laszlo finishes up the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. Wang Wei and Meng Haoran are showcased in this episode.

Direct download: CHP-223-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_6.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:06pm PDT

This is the Du Fu episode. Along with Li Bai, discussed last episode, he's considered the greatest poet in Chinese history. That's of course a matter of opinion. We'll take a brief look at the rough road Du Fu had to walk most of his years. In addition to looking at his life we'll hear a few of his regulated verse poems.

Direct download: CHP-222-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_5.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:39pm PDT

Li Bai is showcased in this fourth installment of Laszlo's not very deep dive into the history of Tang poetry. We're still in the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. This episode will focus more on Li Bai's story (and legend) rather than an in-depth analysis of his poetry. He, along with several other poets from this time are cultural icons and treasures of the Chinese people. Check the links and resources for other scholarly and biographical info on Li Bai, Du Fu and other great Tang poets. This episode is especially geared towards those CHP listeners who may have never heard these names before.

Direct download: CHP-221-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_4.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:47am PDT

Finally in this part 3 episode Laszlo gets to the Tang poetry part of the series. After finishing up some of the good stuff that came out of the Six Dynasties, we'll get a first look at the Early and High Tang periods. More poets and more great poetry compilations will also be introduced. A lot of names and titles of works this episode. Feel free to check the terms from the episode and read up on some of them. Plenty of links to translated works of Classical Chinese poetry. If this series is piquing your interest, even a little, there's a whole world out there for you to explore.

Direct download: CHP-220-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

In Part 2 Laszlo will finish up an overview of pre-Tang poetry and show where everything went from the Classic of Poetry and Songs of Chu.  Fu rhapsodies, Yue Fu poetry and the works from the Jian'an era will be introduced.  Tang poetry didn't arise out of nothing.  It was the collective genius and creativity of all these pre and post-Qin Chinese literati who built the foundation that the Tang masters built on. Please come back for Part 3 where we'll finally get to the early Tang (maybe).

Direct download: CHP-219-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:22pm PDT

In this first of a series introducing the history of the development of Chinese poetry, Laszlo focuses on the two most important works from Pre-Qin China.  These were the Classic of Poetry and the Songs of Chu. Though we will not get to the Tang Dynasty in this episode, we'll look at what came prior and how each new style impacted newer emerging styles of poetry. The life of Qu Yuan and Chu Kingdom will also be introduced.

Direct download: CHP-218-The_History_of_Tang_Poetry_Part_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:54pm PDT

Laszlo continues his shallow dive into the Hokkien people with a focus on the history of the Hokkien diaspora who populated many cities and towns throughout Southeast Asia.    

Direct download: CHP-217-The_History_of_the_Hokkien_People_Part_2R.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:55am PDT

We're back in ancient times once again, this time looking at the homeland of the Hokkien people. As we've done with other groups of Southern Chinese (Teochew, Toi San, Hakka) this time Laszlo provides a broad overview of the people from the south of Fujian Province, the Hokkien or Hoklo people.  Before we get into the Qing era diaspora, Laszlo focuses on how Fujian developed from a land populated by Yuè people to a part of Han Dynasty China with a focus on the Minyue Kingdom.

Direct download: CHP-216-The_History_of_the_Hokkien_People_Part_1R.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT

In this longer than expected Part 2 episode we look at Wellington Koo's role in the Paris Peace Conference and all the drama that surrounded this historic event from one hundred years ago.  Then we'll look at the rest of Koo's career as a statesman, diplomat and later as a judge.  

Direct download: CHP-215-Wellington_Koo_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:13am PDT

With the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference now upon us this month, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to commemorate the event by introducing the life of Wellington Koo.  In this first of a two-part series we will look at the historical events that shaped his early life and career.  In this Part 1 episode we will look at the backstory and setup to the Conference.  Then in Part 2 we will look at the dramatic events that went on between January and April 1919 as well as the latter half of Wellington Koo's life.

Direct download: CHP-214-Wellington_Koo_Part_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am PDT

In this final episode of the series Laszlo introduces the Shanghai Ghetto, the final years of WWII and the aftermath.  Please check the show notes at the web site for all kinds of books and videos from this period.  Thanks to everyone who made it through all six episodes.

Direct download: CHP-213-The_History_of_the_Jewish_Refugees_in_China_Part_6.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:51pm PDT

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