The China History Podcast (podcasts)
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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

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 >>
Direct download: CHP-114-Shang_Oracle_Bones.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

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 >>
Direct download: CHP-113-Dr_Norman_Bethune.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:59am EDT

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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:50am EDT

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
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

Although it’s late by a few days, Laszlo finally uploads his 2013 New Years Greeting to all listeners of the China History Podcast.  Thanks everyone for all your kind emails, comments and endless encouragement.  The China History Podcast will strive to bring you another year of enlightenment covering topics from 5,000 years of Chinese history continue reading >>
Direct download: 2013_New_Year_Greeting.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Jiu yi ba  九一八 9-18, September 18, 1931 Mukden (Shenyang) Incident Wong Nai Chong Gap 黃泥涌峽 Gap on rocky Hong Kong island where one can go from north to south. San nian ling bage yue 三年零八个月 The 3 years and 8 months (of Japanese occupation) Kempeitai 宪兵队 The Japanese Military Police Yingjun Fuwutuan  英军服务团  The British continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-107-The_History_of_Hong_Kong_Part_7.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:21am EDT