Nov 29, 2016
In this episode Laszlo explains a little about the "Gagi Nang", the 自己人, known the world over as the Teochew (Chiu Chow or Chaozhou) people. Like the Hakka people, the Teochew's were originally from the Yellow River Valley and migrated to their present location on the Guangdong coast via Fujian province....
Oct 27, 2016
In this 175th episode Laszlo gives the great Northern Song jack-of-all-literary-trades Su Dongpo the once over. This isn't meant to be a deep dive into the reasons for all his renown in literature, calligraphy and painting. Instead, this is just a "popular Chinese historical" overview of who he was and the times he...
Oct 12, 2016
In this latest episode Laszlo finally gets around to the oft requested subject of piracy in early 19th century China. Pirates had been a fact of life going back to the most olden days. Mid to late Qing Dynasty the amount of trade being plied on the China coast attracted pirates like never before. Zheng Yi Sao ("Zheng...
Sep 2, 2016
Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE
On Leong Tong 安良堂 The Tong led by Tom Lee
Wanguo Jinyanhui huizhi 万国禁烟会会址 Meeting place of the International Opium Commission
weiji 危机 A crisis
Charlie Boston 李观长 One of...
Aug 29, 2016
In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed.
"Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown"