The China History Podcast
CHP-139-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 3

In this episode we will conclude our CHP overview of the life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet.  In this 3rd part of the series we'll look at the last couple decades of Backhouse's life.  Backhouse remains in Beijing amidst all the turmoil going on during the Japanese invasion and the leadup to WWII.  In his final years Backhouse will write a memoir that will engrave his name forever in the footnotes of Chinese history.

Recommended Books:

Hermit of Peking by Hugh Trevor-Roper Amazon Link

Décadence Mandchoue edited by Derek Sandhaus Amazon Link

also: The Incarnations, by Susan Barker Amazon Link

Great new podcast:Tom Tacken's The First World War in 261 Weeks. www.TheFirstWorldWarIn261Weeks.com The Podcast Link

 

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Cixi 慈禧 The Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi

Li Lianying 李蓮英 Grand Eunuch during the reign of the Dowager Empress

 

Rong Lu 荣禄 Also known as Jung-lu, Cixi's most trusted official, a major power in China.

Jing Shan 景善 a.k.a. Ching Shan, The court official whose diary Backhouse faked

Guangxu Emperor 光绪帝 The second to the last emperor of China

Jin Ping Mei 金瓶梅 Ming Dynasty novel written in the vernacular, known as The Plum in the Golden Vase or The Golden Lotus.  Considered by many to be slightly pornographic in its content.

Shangdiao 上吊 To hang oneself

Mingshi 明史 The Ming History

Direct download: CHP-139-Sir_Edmund_Backhouse_Part_3.mp3
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CHP-138-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 2

Fast on the heels of Part 1 of this CHP overview of the life of the Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, we present Part 2 in this episode. We'll look at the years 1911 to 1924, the years Backhouse committed a bunch of frauds and established himself in London and Beijing as a bit of a flake and someone not to be trusted.

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Yongle Dadian 永乐大典 The Yong Le Encyclopedia

Jiajing Emperor 嘉靖帝 The Qing Jiajing Emperor

Wang Xizhi  王羲之 China's greatest calligrapher

Jin Dynasty  晋朝 The Jin Dynasty 265-420 AD

Tang Taizong 唐太宗 Co-founder of the Tang Dynasty, also known as Li Shimin 李世民

Lantingji Xu 兰亭集序 The Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion

Zhi Baobuzhu huo  纸包不住火  Paper Can't wrap a fire (impossible to keep a secret)

Liang Shiyi 梁士诒 Yuan Shikai's finance minister, a high-up guy in the Beiyang Government

Li Yuanhong  黎元洪 three times president of the Rep. of China.

Duan Qirui  段祺瑞 Premier of China 1916-1918 and major military and political figure

Yongzheng Emperor 雍正帝 The Yongzheng Emperor, son of Kang Xi 康熙 and father to Qianlong 乾隆

Gansu 甘肃 Province in West China

 

Direct download: CHP-138-Sir_Edmund_Backhouse_Part_2.mp3
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CHP-137-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 1

In this episode we will begin a 3-part series covering the life of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. He lived from 1873 to 1944, spending more than half his life in Beijing.  Backhouse is best known for the various frauds he committed over the period of his life.  In his last year of life he was urged by Dr. Reinhard Hoeppli to commit his fantastic stories of his life to paper.  The result were two memoirs, "The Dead Past", about his days in Europe before 1898 and Décadence Mandchoue, Backhouse's racy and pornographic account of his years in China, mixing with all the Manchu royals and carrying on sexual relationships with the Empress Dowager Cixi and her eunuchs.  NOTE TO THIS EPISODE, THANKS TO MATT, A LOCAL TO COUNTY DURHAM I WISH TO CORRECT BACKHOUSE'S BIRTHPLACE TO DARLINGTON, COUNTY DURHAM (NOT RICHMOND,  IN NORTH YORKSHIRE).  SORRY!

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baijiu 白酒 Chinese fiery clear alcoholic beverage, between 40-60% ABV

Jing Shan 景善 a.k.a. Ching Shan, The court official whose diary Backhouse faked

laowai 老外 foreigner

Cixi 慈禧 The Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi

Li Lianying 李蓮英 Grand Eunuch during the reign of the Dowager Empress

Rong Lu 荣禄 Also known as Jung-lu, Cixi's most trusted official, a major power in China.

Kang Youwei 康有为 Controversial figure in late 19th century China politics, closely associated with the Hundred Days of Reform under the Tongzhi Emperor.

Daoguang 道光 The Daoguang Emperor

Prince Chun 醇亲王 Father of the Guangxu Emperor, grandfather of Puyi, half brother of the Xianfeng emperor.

Puyi 溥仪 The Last Emperor

Liang Shiyi 梁士诒 Yuan Shikai's finance minister, a high-up guy in the Beiyang Government

Xu Shichang 徐世昌 President of the ROC from 1918-1922...YUan Shikai's closest advisor and ally.

 

Direct download: CHP-137-Sir_Edmund_Backhouse_Part_1.mp3
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CHP-136-Wong Chin Foo

Once again after an almost record-setting gap in the action, we look at a great but unknown Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo (王清福). Though not a well-known person from history, he nonetheless played a major role during the 1880's and 1890's fighting against the racist anti-Chinese immigration laws passed by the U.S. Congress. Author Scott Seligman's book, The First Chinese American tells the whole story of Wong Chin Foo and his times.  In this episode we examine the highlights of this remarkable life.

Amazon link for the book: http://amzn.to/1qVnIwv

 

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Wong Chin Foo 王清福

Wong Yen Ping 王彦平 Another name Wong Chin Foo went by

Judy Chu  赵美心 U.S. Representative from California’s 27th Congressional District

I.M. Pei Chinese American architect (born in Guangzhou)

An Wang王安 Co founder of Wang Laboratories and great engineer (born in Shanghai)

Nancy Kwan关家1960’s actress (born in  Hong Kong)

Yo-yo Ma友友 One of the greatest cellists of his age (born in France)

Anna Sui  志美  Fashion Designer (born in Detroit)

Vivienne Tam燕玉 Fashion designer (born in Guangzhou)

Vera Wang  王薇薇 Fashion designer (born in New York City)

Charles Wang  王嘉廉CA Associates International co-founder (born in Shanghai)

Amy Tan恩美 Writer (born in Oakland)

Charles K. Kao The “father of fiber optics”. Won the 2009 Nobel in physics (born in Shanghai)

T.D. Lee  李政道 Won Nobel in Physics in 1957 (born in Shanghai)

Samuel C.C. Ting丁肇中 Won Nobel Prize in 1976 in Physics (born in Ann Arbor)

Steven Chu  朱棣文 Won Nobel Price in Physics 1997. US Secretary of Energy 2009-13. (born in St. Louis)

Gary Locke Former Washington State governor and US ambassador to China

Yung Wing  First Chinese to graduate from a US university (1854) (from Guangdong, Xiangshan)

Norman Assing袁生 Community leader in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Ng Poon Chew伍盤照  Started the first Chinese language newspaper in the US. (born in Taishan)

Wang Surname (means “king”) pronounced Wong in Cantonese

Huang Surname (means “yellow”) pronounced Wong in Cantonese

Shandong Province in China

Wong Sa Kee Wong Chin Foo’s earliest name

Qingdao Beautiful coastal city in Shandong

Daoguang Emperor道光帝 Qing dynasty emperor during Opium Wars

Jimo即墨City of Wong Chin Foo’s birth, just north of Qingdao

Yantai  烟台 Coastal city in Shandong

Zhifu芝罘Early name for Yantai

Penglai蓬莱  City in north Shandong, formerly called Dengzhou

Dengzhou登州  Present day Penglai, where Wong Chin Foo lived

Zhenjiang  City on the Yangzi River in Jiangsu

Xianfeng Emperor咸丰帝  Qing Dynasty emperor

Hua Mei Xin Bao  美新 The Chinese American, Wong’s first paper.

 

Direct download: CHP-136-Wong_Chin_Foo.mp3
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CHP-135 The Song Emperor Huizong Part 4

In this final installment of the history of the life and times of the emperor Huizong we look at the series of events that followed the Jürchens' Seige of Kaifeng in 1126-1127.  What followed was the Jingkang Incident that for centuries, made Chinese bow their heads in shame.  The entire Song imperial family was captured and sent north to live out the rest of their lives in the harsh lands far beyong The Great Wall.  But the Jin conquerors did not destroy the Song. The Zhao family continued to keep the dynasty alive in the south.

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Huizong 徽宗 Song Dynasty emperor who reigned 1100-1127

Qinzong 欽宗 Last emperor of the Northern Song, son of Huizong

Prince Huan 桓王 Qinzong's title before becoming the emperor

Wolibu 斡离不 Son of Jin Dynasty founder Aguda

Bozhou 亳州  City in northern Anhui

Empress Zheng 郑氏 Wife of Huizong

Tong Guan 童贯 Great eunuch general and close advisor to Huizong

 Zhu Mian 朱勔 One of Huizong's most trusted officials...mainly responsible for Huizong's Marchmnount Park.

Xixia 西夏  The Western Xia, a Tangut empire that ran 1038-1227. Located south of Liao and west of Song China

Wanyan Nianhan  完颜粘罕 Top general in the Jin army

Wanyan Aguda 完颜阿骨打 Jin Dynasty Founder, also known as Jin Taizu 金太祖

Wang Fu 王黼  A Grand Councillor under Huizong. Major proponent to ally with Jin against Liao

Liang Shicheng 梁师成 Highest ranking of the palace eunuchs, exercised a great amount of control of and access to Huizong.

Cai Jing 蔡京 Northern Song official, played a major role in Huizong's reign.  One of the greatest calligraphers of his day.

 Zhenjiang 镇江 City in Jiangsu on the Yangzi, famous for their vinegar (among other things).

Zhao Gou 赵構 Ninth son of Huizong and founder of the Southern Song Dynasty, ruling as the Gaozong 高宗 Emperor.

Lin'an 临安 Where present day Hangzhou is located...capital of the Southern Song

Prince Chen 谌王 Qinzong's heir (but he never got to reign)

Fang La  方腊 Rebel leader of the short-lived but critical Fang La Rebellion

Zhang Jue 张觉 Jin defector who defected to Song and tried to cut a deal with the court.

Zhang Bangchang 张邦昌 Qinzong official. Jin forced him to be a puppet emperor but he remained loyal to the Song.

Shi Jingtang 石敬瑭 Founder of the Later Jin Dynasty who gave the Sixteen Prefectures away to the Liao in 938

Shi Chonggui  石重贵 Successor to Shi Jingtang but was taken into captivity by the Liao

Qin Gui 秦桧 Court official served Qinzong first and later Gaozong. Yue Fei's death was blamed on Qin Gui.

Zhending Near Shijiazhuang 石家庄. One of the stops along the way for Huizong.

Yanjing 燕京 Prefecture near modern-day Beijing

Cai Tiao  Son of Cai Jing. Accompanies Huizong into captivity and wrote an account of the journey

Cao Xun Wrote an account of the fall of Kaifeng and the trip by Huizong into captivity.

Empres Zhu Qinzong's empress - committed suicide in 1128

Siping 四平 City in Jilin where the Jon Supreme Capital was located.

Yilan County 依兰县 In central Heilongjiang, where Five Nations Fort was located.

Wuguocheng 五国城 Five Nations Fort

Yue Fei 岳飞  Hero and general of the Song who fought the Jin hard to win back lost territory.

Jin Zhong Bao Guo  尽忠报国 Serve the country with the most loyalty

Huan Wo He Shan 还我河山 Return my rivers and mountains! Yue Fei's demand to the Jin.

Lin Lingsu 林灵素 Daoist master who conceived the Divine Empyrean sect of Daoism.  Huizong was his benefactor and supporter.

Yao 尧  One of the Five Mythical Emperors (五帝)

Shun 舜 One of the Five Mythical Emperors (五帝)

Fang La  方腊 Rebel leader of the short-lived but critical Fang La Rebellion

Wanyan Wuqimai 完颜吴乞买 Younger brother of Aguda, also known as Jin Taizong 金太宗 

 

 

Direct download: CHP-135-The_Song_Emperor_Huizong_Part_4.mp3
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CHP-134-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 3

We continue on this episode examining the second decade of Huizong's reign.  The good times lasted about twenty years but all good things can't go on forever.  By 1120 Huizong is going to begin to see the handwriting on the wall.  The years we look at today will the years Huizong later on most regrets.

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Huizong 徽宗 Song Dynasty emperor who reigned 1100-1127

Zhezong 哲宗 7th Song emperor, older brother of Huizong

Empress Dowager Xiang 向太后 Empress of Emperor Shenzong

Tang Xuanzong  唐玄宗 Tang dynasty emperor, ruled at the peak of the Tang  

Ming Taizu 明太祖 Also Known as Zhu Yuanzhang 朱元璋 and the Hongwu 洪武 Emperor

Liu Hunkang 劉混康  Great Daoist master. b. 1035, d. 1108

Yelü Abaoji 耶律阿保机 Founder of the Liao Dynasty

Xixia 西夏  The Western Xia, a Tangut empire that ran 1038-1227. Located south of Liao and west of Song China

Nuzhen 女真 Jürchen

Khitan Liao 契丹辽代  The Khitan Liao Dynasty

Shenzong 神宗 6th Song emperor, father of Huizong

Cai Jing 蔡京 Northern Song official, played a major role in Huizong's reign.  One of the greatest calligraphers of his day.

Zeng Bu 曾布 Junior Chief Councillor and trusted advisor to Huizong as soon as he became emperor.

Wang Anshi  王安石 Reformer during Shenzong emperor

Tong Guan 童贯 Great eunuch general and close advisor to Huizong

Liang Shicheng 梁师成 Highest ranking of the palace eunuchs, exercised a great amount of control of and access to Huizong.

Wang Laozhi 王老志 Daoist Master during Huizong's reign

Wang Zixi  王仔昔 Daoist Master during Huizong's reign

Lin Lingsu 林灵素 Daoist master who conceived the Divine Empyrean sect of Daoism.  Huizong was his benefactor and supporter.

Laozi 老子

Zhuangzi 庄子

Liezi  列子

Huangdi Neijing  黄帝内经

Yao 尧

Shun 舜

Duke of Zhou 周公

Prince Huan 桓王

Chanyuan zhi meng 澶渊之盟 The Treaty of Chanyuan

Yan Yun Shiliuzhou 燕云十六州 The 16 Prefectures

Li Cunxu  李存勖 Founder of the Later Tang Dynasty

Hou Jin 后晋 The Later Jin Dynasty

Zhao Kuangyin 赵匡胤 Founder of the Song Dynasty

Zhao Liangsi 赵良嗣  Liao defector who early on suggested the Song ally with the Jin against Liao.

Wanyan Aguda 完颜阿骨打 Jin Dynasty Founder, also known as Jin Taizu 金太祖

Wang Fu 王黼  A Grand Councillor under Huizong. Major proponent to ally with Jin against Liao

Haishang zhimeng 海上之盟  The Alliance on the Sea (between Jin and Song)

Shi Jingtang 石敬瑭 Founder of the Later Jin Dynasty who gave the Sixteen Prefectures away to the Liao in 938

Yanjing 燕京 Capital of Yan Prefecture, located in and around present day Beijing.

Fang La  方腊 Rebel leader of the short-lived but critical Fang La Rebellion

Wanyan Wuqimai 完颜吴乞买 Younger brother of Aguda, also known as Jin Taizong 金太宗

Liao Tianzuo  辽天祚  Last emperor of the Liao Dynasty

Zhang Jue 张觉 Jin defector who defected to Song and tried to cut a deal with the court.

 

Direct download: CHP-134-The_Song_Emperor_Huizong_Part_3.mp3
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CHP-133-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 2

This time in Part 2 of our series we look at Huizong as he attempts to assemble his team and deal with bitter factional strife that was rampant since the Wang Anshi New Reforms.  We also look at Huizong the great patron of the arts.

 

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Huizong 徽宗 Song Dynasty emperor who reigned 1100-1127

Kaifeng 开封 in Henan, Capital of the Northern Song

Jianzhong Jingguo 建中靖国 Huizong's first era name 1100-1101

Chongning  崇宁 Huizong's second era name 1102-1106

Daguan 大观 Huizong's 3rd era name 1107-1110

Nianhao 年号  Era Names

Wang Anshi  王安石 Reformer during Shenzong emperor

Zhezong 哲宗 7th Song emperor, older brother of Huizong

Han Zhongyan 韩忠彦 Senior chancellor during Huizong's reign

Zeng Bu 曾布 Junior Chief Councillor and trusted advisor to Huizong as soon as he became emperor.

Zhenzong  真宗 3rd Song emperor and big time believer and supporter of Daoism

Shenzong 神宗 6th Song emperor, father of Huizong

Chen Guan 陈贯  Conservative faction stalwart and

Cai Jing 蔡京 Northern Song official, later to play a major role in Huizong's reign.  One of the greatest calligraphers of his day. Brother of Cai Bian.

Cai Bian 蔡卞 Younger brother of Cai Jing. Also a chancellor and famed calligrapher.

Empress Dowager Xiang 向太后 Empress of Emperor Shenzong  

Su Shi  苏轼, great politician, conservative faction tour de force and local Hangzhou hometown hero.

Sima Guang 司马光 Song historian and politician known for his conservative bent

San Li 三礼 The Three Li's: The Rites of Zhou, Book of Etiquette and Rites, The Book of Rites

Zhou Li 周礼 The Rites of Zhou

Yi Li  仪礼 Book of Etiquette and Rites

Li Ji 礼记 The Book of Rites

Sishu Wujing 四书五经 The Four Books and the Five Classics

Cai Jing 蔡京 Northern Song official, later to play a major role in Huizong's reign.  One of the greatest calligraphers of his day. Brother of Cai Bian.

Cai Bian 蔡卞 Younger brother of Cai Jing. Also a chancellor and famed calligrapher.

Zhang Dun 章惇 Chancellor before Cai Jing

 Wang Dan  Chancellor under Zhenzong

Renzong  仁宗 The fourth Song emperor

Lü Yijian  Chancellor under the Renzong emperor

Yuanyou 元祐 The first era of Emperor Zhezong's reign

Shaosheng 紹聖 Second era of Emperor Zhezong's reign

Zhao Kuangyin 赵匡胤  Song emperor Taizu, founder of the Song

Liu Hunkang 劉混康  Great Daoist master. b. 1035, d. 1108

Maoshan 茅山 Mountain in Jiangsu, home of the Shangqing School of Daoism

Laozi 老子 Lao Tzu, founder of Daoism

Qinshihuang 秦始皇 The first Qin Emperor, Ying Zheng

Shangqing 上清 The Highest Clarity Movement, popular Daoist movement located at Mt. Mao

Da Jingzhi 笪淨之 Successor to Liu Hunkang as Master of the Highest Clarity Movement

Jinshi 进士 The degree received after passing the 3 year civil service exam.

King Helü 阖闾 The warrior king of the state of Wu. (see CHP-111)

Sunzi 孙子 Wrote the Art of War

Li Jie 李誡 China's greatest architect of ancient time, author of the 营造法式 Yingzao Fashi

Yingzao Fashi 营造法式 The Song work: Treatise on Architectural Methods. Also known as the State Building Standards.

Li Yu 李煜 Last ruler of the Southern Tang (5 Dynasties 10 Kingdoms Period), developer of the "gold inlaid knife" style of calligraphy

Shou jin ti 瘦金体 Slender Gold Style of calligraphy developed early in his reign by Huizong

Siku Quanshu  四库全书 The Complete Library of the Four Treasuries is the largest collection of Chinese books ever compiled into a single work.  This was a work called for by the Qing Dynasty Qianlong emperor.

 

Direct download: CHP-133-The_Song_Emperor_Huizong_Part_2.mp3
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CHP-132-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 1

We're going to begin a new series that will look at political, social and cultural life in the late Northern Song.  The second the the last emperor Huizong will serve as our vehicle to examine this period in late 11th and early 12th century China.  University of Washington professor Dr. Patricia Buckley Ebrey has recently published a book entitled Emperor Huizong.  I'm going to use this as one of the main sources.  The Song Dynasty was another one of those times when China was the most advanced and economically powerful civilizations on earth.  The period which Huizong reigned was one of the high points of the dynasty.  But in 1127 the emperor's world will come crashing down with invasions from the north.  Today we begin our look at this emperor.

 

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Huizong 徽宗 Song Dynasty emperor who reigned 1100-1127

Ouyang Xiu 欧阳修 Featured in CHP-071, China's answer to Leonardo da Vinci.  Once a reformer, later conservative.

Zhao Kuangyin赵匡胤 Song dynasty founder, also known by his temple name Taizu 太祖。

Han 汉 Han Dynasty

Jin 晋 Jin Dynasty

Sui 隋 Sui Dynasty

Tang 唐 Tang Dynasty

Kaifeng 开封 in Henan, Capital of the Northern Song

Lin'an 临安 Near Hangzhou

Yuan 元朝 The Mongol Yuan Dynasty

Taizu 太祖 Temple name of Zhao Kuangyin, Song founder

Taizong  太宗 2nd Song emperor

Zhenzong  真宗 3rd Song emperor

Renzong 仁宗 4th Song emperor

Yingzong 英宗 5th Song emperor

Shenzong 神宗 6th Song emperor, father of Huizong

Zhezong 哲宗 7th Song emperor, older brother of Huizong

Wujing Zongyao 武警总要 Collection of the Most Important Military Techniques, written 1044, explained gunpowder for the 1st time

Wang Anshi  王安石 Reformer during Shenzong emperor

Fan Zhongyan  范仲淹 Early Reformer of the Song

Su Dongpo  苏东坡 Also known as 苏轼, great politician and local Hangzhou hometown hero.

Empress Dowager Gao 高太后 Empress to the Yingzong emperor

Sima Guang 司马光 Song historian and politician known for his conservative bent

Empress Dowager Xiang 向太后 Empress of Emperor Shenzong  

Consort Chen 陈皇后 Consort of Shenzong, birth mother of Huizong

Zhao Xu 赵頊 The Shenzong emperor given name (1st tone Xu)

Zhao Xu 赵煦 The Zhezong emperor given name (4th tone Xu)

Zhao Ji 赵佶 Huizong's given name

Chang'an 长安 Near modern day Xian, ancient capital of the Tang

Bian River 卞河 River in Kaifeng

Qianlong  乾隆 Qing dynasty emperor who took several tours of China

Li Jie 李誡 China's greatest architect of ancient time, author of the 营造法式 Yingzao Fashi

Sunzi 孙子 Wrote the Art of War

Yingzao Fashi 营造法式 The Song work: Treatise on Architectural Methods. Also known as the State Building Standards.

Prince of Duan  端王 Title of Huizong prior to becoming emperor

Wang Shen 王诜 Considered one of China's greatest landscape painters. Had early influence on young Huizong's love of art and lit.

Consort Liu 刘皇后 Consort of Zhezong

Prince of Shen 申王 9th son of Shenzong, also known as Bi, the one with weak eyes.

Bi 赵佖 Older brother of Huizong, the one who had bad eyes

Cai Jing 蔡京 Northern Song official, later to play a major role in Huizong's reign.  One of the greatest calligraphers of his day. Brother of Cai Bian.

Cai Bian 蔡卞 Younger brother of Cai Jing. Also a chancellor and famed calligrapher.

Wu 赵俣 Zhao Wu, younger brother to Huizong

Si 赵似 Zhao Si, younger brother to Huizong

Ssi 赵偲 Zhao Ssi, younger brother to Huizong (spelled with 2 "s" to differentiate from Zhao Si)

Cixi 慈禧 Cixi Taihou, a.k.a. Empress Dowager Tzu-Hsi

Zeng Bu 曾布 Junior Chief Councillor and trusted advisor to Huizong as soon as he became emperor.

Zhang Dun 章惇 Chancellor before Cai Jing

Liang Congzheng 梁从政 The chief eunuch when Huizong ascended the throne.

Gong County 巩县 Former name of Gongyi, where the Song tombs are

Gongyi 巩义 City where the ancient Song tombs are located

Han Zhongyan 韩忠彦 Senior chancellor during Huizong's reign

Liu Hunkang 劉混康  Great Daoist master. b. 1035, d. 1108

Gaige Kaifang 改革开放 Reform and opening up to the world, a policy instituted by Deng Xiaoping in the 80's.

 

 

Direct download: CHP-132-The_Song_Emperor_Huizong_Part_1.mp3
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CHP-131-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 2

We're going to finish off the last 45 years of Morris Two-Gun Cohen's life in this extra-long episode.  With Sun Yat-sen now gone, Morris Cohen worked hard to reinvent himself and remain relevant in the world of the Chinese business and politics. Morris will hit some highs and lows in this episode as he tried to leverage his past association with Sun and his obvious loyalty to the KMT into an ongoing and lucrative career.  As you'll see in this episode, the road was hardly a smooth one.

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Song Ailing 宋蔼龄 Eldest Song sister, married to H.H. Kung

Song Qingling 宋庆龄 Madame Sun Yat-sen, lifelong benefactor to Morris Cohen

H.H. Kung 孔祥熙 Husband of Song Ailing. Lifetime KMT stalwart. Economic and Finance guru for the party in the 30's and 40's.

Sheng-Gang Dabagong 省港大罢工  The Guangzhou Hong Kong Strike

T.V. Soong 宋子文 Brother of Soong Sisters. One of the biggest heavyweights of the late Republican era

Eugene Chen Youren 陈友仁 Eugene Chen Known as Sun Yat-sen's foreign minister

Song Meiling 宋美龄 Madame Chiang Kai-shek

Sun Fo 孙佛 Son of Sun Yat-sen, also known as Sun Ke 孙科

Hu Hanmin 胡汉民 Close ally of Sun Yat-sen, first supporter, then lifetime political foe of Chiang Kai-shek.

C.C. Wu 伍朝樞 Chiang Kai-shek's foreign minister and later a minister to the US.  Son of Wu Tingfang.

Wu Tingfang 伍廷芳 Official during last years of Qing. Later a top diplomat in the Nationalist government.

Wellington Koo 顾维钧 Longtime diplomat and KMT stalwart

Li Jishen 李济深 Military strongman based in Guangzhou. Had a falling out with Chiang Kai-shek and stayed in China after 1949

Chen Jitang 陈济棠 Governed Guangdong province from 1929-1936. Another of Morris's paymasters.

Nan Tianwang 南天王 Celestial King of the South, Chen Jitang's nickname down in Guangdong.

Wu Tiecheng 武铁成 Another KMT heavy.  Served as mayor of Shanghai and later high up in the post 1949 KMT. Another paymaster to Morris.

Xianbing Dui 宪兵队 The dreaded Japanese Kempeitai

Shuangqiang Ma Kun 双枪马坤 Two-Gun Morris Cohen

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CHP-130-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 1

Today I wanted to introduce a sort of lovable rogue who haunted the hotel lobbies of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London and Edmonton.  Today's subject was by no means a historic figure.  In fact, I don't think you can even call him a bit player.  Nonetheless, Morris Abraham Cohen had a China story that deserves a telling.   Today's episode will look at his early life, how he ended up in Canada and how he got hooked up with the local Chinese Canadians.  We'll get as far as the death of Sun Yat-sen in early 1925.  We'll finish up next time with Morris Cohen's life after Dr. Sun.  I mainly used Daniel S. Levy's superb biography: Two-Gun Cohen, A Biography.  Here's the amazon link: http://amzn.to/1fijARM

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE

Ma Kun 马坤 Morris Cohen's Chinese name

Tongmenghui 同盟会 Sun's Political Party, later became KMT

Puyi 溥仪 Last Emperor of the Qing dyansty

Song Qingling  宋庆龄 Madame Sun Yat-sen, Soong Ch'ing-ling

Guo Fu  国父 Father of the Country, Sun Yat-sen

Fuguan  副官  Body guard, aide-de-camp

 

 

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