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Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery brings you curated topics covering history from China's antiquity to modern times.

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Ep. 279 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 2)

July 26th, 2021


Laszlo picks up in 1818 with the Napoleonic Wars finished and the Dutch returning to their colonies to put everything back the way it was when they …

Ep. 278 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 1)

July 12th, 2021


The history of the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia is rich with all kinds of lesser-known or forgotten tales, like this one. A kongsi 公司 today means a company. But when Chinese immigrants from Eastern Guangdong and …

CHP Special Episode | Larry Feign and The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao

June 29th, 2021


Laszlo is pleased to present an interview with longtime Hong Kong resident, writer, and cartoonist Larry Feign to discuss his new novel The Flower Boat Girl

The story is about Zheng Yi Sao, who was one of the most …

Ep. 277 | Lin Yutang, with The Chinese Literature Podcast Duo

June 28th, 2021


In this China History Podcast episode, Laszlo teams up with Rob Moore and Lee Moore (no relation) from The Chinese Literature Podcast to explore the life and work of the highly influential writer Lin Yutang. Though …

Special Announcement - Audio course on The Silk Road & One Belt, One Road

June 15th, 2021


Hi Everyone I'd like to announce that along with  I’m pleased to present to you an introduction to the Silk Road - its past, present, and future. If you want to understand the history of the Silk Road and the …

Ep. 276 | Sanxingdui and Ancient Shu

June 14th, 2021


Just in time, we look at all the recent finds at the newly discovered six sacrificial pits at Sanxingdui. Archaeologists and historians are pretty …

CHP Special Episode | Ian McCollum & Pistols of the Warlord Era

June 6th, 2021


In this CHP Special Episode Laszlo is thrilled to welcome Mr. Ian McCollum to discuss his new book, "Pistols of the Warlords: Chinese Domestic …

CHP Special Episode | Yuan Longping

June 2nd, 2021


Here's a brief intro to the life of Dr. Yuan Longping who passed away on. May 22, 2021. It was covered quite extensively last week in the Chinese and international press as well as in all the China newsletters.  But …

Ep. 275 | Henan Province (Part 3)

May 31st, 2021


We're going to finish off this survey of Henan from Neolithic times to the 20th century.  In this episode, you'll get a closer look at Zhengzhou and …

Ep. 274 | Henan Province (Part 2)

May 17th, 2021


The saga continues. More poking around Henan in Part 2. We'll look at the Zhou Dynasty era states that made up the province in ancient times.  We'll …

Ep. 273 | Henan Province (Part 1)

May 3rd, 2021


This is Part 1 of a four-part series focusing on the Chinese history that happened in one of China's oldest provinces. In Part 1 we get the lay of …

Ep. 272 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 6)

April 19th, 2021


In this shortest CHP episode since 2011, we conclude the series that explored the lives of eunuchs in Chinese history. This time around we wind things down with eunuchs during the time of the Last Emperor Puyi in the …

Ep. 271 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 5)

April 5th, 2021


In this penultimate episode of the Eunuchs series, we finally make it to the Qing Dynasty.  After everything that transpired during the Ming, the …

Ep. 270 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 4)

March 22nd, 2021


Three of the Four Tigers, Wang Zhi, Liu Jin, and Wei Zhongxian get a once over this time around in Part 4.  Many historians agree these guys offered the most generous contribution to the fall of the Ming Dynasty. At …

Ep. 269 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 3)

March 8th, 2021


The story continues. After wrecking the Han and Tang Dynasties, the eunuchs emerge again in the Ming as a particularly destructive force. In this …

Ep. 268 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 2)

February 22nd, 2021


This time we look at eunuchs in the Tang from Xuanzong to hapless Emperor Ai. We'll see how it was a long hard downhill slide once Xuanzong let Gao Lishi amass so much power. Subsequent emperors were either too weak or …

Ep. 267 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 1)

February 8th, 2021


This topic was coming sooner or later.  Laszlo offers up another general overview of Chinese history, this time with eunuchs serving as the prism to view it all.  In this episode we'll look at the story of the …

Ep. 266 | Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

January 25th, 2021


This time Laszlo introduces an outstanding Chinese-American scientist who will be honored in the United States on February 11, 2021 with a new commemorative postage stamp. Dr. C.S. Wu came to America in 1936 and due to …

Ep. 265 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 7)

January 11th, 2021


We bring this light but informative series about the history of the Thai Chinese to a close in this 7th episode.  This time we wind things down with events that happened during and after WWII with a patented CHP rush to …

Ep. 264 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 6)

December 28th, 2020


Laszlo continues on with this light but a satisfying overview of the Thai-Chinese.  With Field Marshal Phibun in charge in Bangkok, the flames of Thai nationalism are being furiously fanned and the ethnic Chinese …

Ep. 263 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 5)

December 14th, 2020


We leave the 19th century and focus on the events in Siam during the early 20th century. This time we look at some of the histories that happened during the reigns of the progressive king and friend to the Thai Chinese …

Ep. 262 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 4)

November 30th, 2020


Laszlo continues on with the second half of the 18th century, a prosperous time for the Kingdom of Siam.  With all this  unprecedented good fortune sloshing around the kingdom thanks to free trade, the demand for labor …

Ep. 261 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 3)

November 16th, 2020


In this 261st episode, we'll take the Thai Chinese history a little further up the timeline to the Thonburi Kingdom of Taksin the Great and into the Chakri Dynasty with King Rama I.

After shaking things up profoundly in …

Ep. 260 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 2)

October 31st, 2020


More 18th-century Thai history. King Phetracha to the end of the Ayudhya Kingdom.  The ethnic Chinese contribution to building the foundation of the Thai economy is legendary. 

Here's where it all began. During this …

Ep. 259 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 1)

October 19th, 2020


In a new series that may or may not take us to the end of 2020, Laszlo looks at the great Kingdom of Thailand and the history of the Chinese immigrants who decided to call that place home. 

In this Part 1 episode of the …

Ep. 258 | Jiang Ziya

October 2nd, 2020


In this 258th CHP episode, just in time for the guaranteed blockbuster animated movie “Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification” Laszlo brings you an overview of this hero and strategist from ancient Chinese history. 

Jiang …

Ep. 257 | Emily "Mickey" Hahn

September 21st, 2020


Not to be confused with Emily Hahn, the voice of Bonnie in Toy Story 3 who got to live happily ever after with Woody and Buzz, Emily Mickey Hahn (1905-1997) was a woman who lived a long and interesting life.

Her …

Ep. 256 | Vincent Chin

September 7th, 2020


With the Xinjiang series behind us, we look at a tragic event from modern Chinese-American history that happened almost four decades ago.

The person we will focus on today, Vincent Chin, was living in Detroit, working …

Ep. 255 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 12)

August 24th, 2020


In this final 12th episode we'll look at Xinjiang from 1885 to 1949.  More unrest, well intentions gone wrong, Soviet subterfuge and two East Turkestan Republics. 

And after all the events that happened going back to …

Ep. 254 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 11)

August 10th, 2020


In this penultimate episode of the series Laszlo introduces some of the major happenings in Xinjiang during the waning decades of the Qing Dynasty. 

Ep. 253 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 10)

July 27th, 2020


Laszlo is back with more History of Xinjiang.  The focus this time in Part 10 will be on the Qing Dynasty during the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong.

The rise and fall of the Zunghar Khanate will also be …

Ep. 252 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 9)

July 13th, 2020


In this episode, we'll look at the 13th to 17th centuries, Yuan to Qing. After the final end of the Chagatai Khanate, it's going to be non-stop wars, alliances, and betrayals in this portion of Central Asia.

The …

Ep. 251 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 8)

July 2nd, 2020


After inserting that 10-Year Anniversary special 7-Part program in between the last episode (Part 7) and this one, we're back with more Xinjiang in Part 8. 

Lots of action happening during the 9th to 13th centuries.  We …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 7)

June 29th, 2020


In this episode we finish off the 1972 visit of Richard Nixon to the PRC.  The series finale looks at the exciting meeting between the two leaders, Nixon and Mao and relive "the week that changed the world." 

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 6)

June 28th, 2020


In Part 6 of this CHP 10-Year Anniversary Program looking back at the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon, we're still in October 1971. 

Kissinger is deftly trying to get Zhou Enlai to back off on few points. …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 5)

June 26th, 2020


The drama continues in this Part 5 episode.

Kissinger is briefing Nixon on his secret visit in July 1971.  Not everything was nailed down in this one …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 4)

June 23rd, 2020


Welcome back to the CHP 10-Year special bonus episodes that review US-China relations from 1969 to 1972.  This time in Part 4 we see how the talks in Beijing went between two very smooth operators: Zhou Enlai and Henry …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 3)

June 20th, 2020


Things are really heating up as we start Part 3 of this special 10-Year Anniversary special program.  In this episode, we re-live the drama of ping-pong diplomacy and breakthrough in the talks.  Zhou Enlai agrees to …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 2)

June 18th, 2020


Thanks for coming back to Part 2 of this special CHP 10-Year Special Series.  The focus is in 1969-1970 with the US and PRC sending signals through their mutual Pakistani, French, and Romanian friends. China is still …

10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 1)

June 16th, 2020


Back in November 2010 when I started the China History Podcast I presented a two-part series on the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon.  Those …

Ep. 250 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 7)

June 15th, 2020


In this arguably milestone 250th episode we finally get around to the Uyghurs. Their ancient history is discussed and how they rose from one of several tribes in a Turkic confederation to their own Khaganate.

The Tang …

Ep. 249 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 6)

May 29th, 2020


We finally make it to the Tang Dynasty and their Protectorate to Pacify the West.  Their adventures out in Xinjiang lasted off and on for about a hundred and fifty years. 

In this episode, I'll try and sort out the …

Ep. 248 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 5)

May 17th, 2020


The saga continues, and how exciting it's becoming! The Göktürks, the Sui Dynasty, Buddhism galore, and lots of historic times to all starting to happen.

In this Part 5 episode, the plot thickens and Xinjiang is getting …

Ep. 247 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 4)

May 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we bid farewell to the Han Dynasty and hello to a long period of a disunited China. The states and kingdoms of the basins of Xinjiang catch a bit of a break. We take a quick look at a few of the …

Ep. 246 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 3)

April 20th, 2020


More Han Dynasty for you in this Part 3 episode with a special focus on the great diplomat and general Ban Chao.   Back in those Han Dynasty days, …

Ep. 245 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 2)

April 6th, 2020


In this Part 2 episode, we leave pre-history behind and look at Xinjiang's importance during the Qin and Han dynasties. Here is where the Han Chinese interaction with these lands far to the west began.

Though a good …

Ep. 244 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 1)

March 23rd, 2020


In this CHP episode, we start a new multi-part series that looks at the history of the land known today as Xinjiang. This series will cover about …

Ep. 243 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 3)

March 8th, 2020


In this final installment introducing the life and death of Kawashima Yoshiko, we look at the last decade and a half of her strange and tragic life.  In the last episode, her star was on the rise.  But after 1933 it's …

Ep. 242 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 2)

February 24th, 2020


We continue on with Part 2 of the strange life of the Manchu Princess, Kawashima Yoshiko.  Now she's on her own, in China, without any "adult …

Ep. 241 | Kawashima Yoshiko (Part 1)

February 10th, 2020


We leave the warlords behind but not the time period. This time, in this first of a three part series, we examine the strange and tragic life of Kawashima Yoshiko.

Born a princess in the Manchu Qing royal family, she …

Ep. 240 | The Warlord Era (Part 10)

January 27th, 2020


In this concluding episode, we close the book on this China Warlord Era overview that began in 1916 and lingered on and on until 1930.  By the time it was over Japan was on the cusp of their invasion of Manchuria …

Ep. 239 | The Warlord Era (Part 9)

January 11th, 2020


As the Northern Expedition ramps up and the Warlord Era starts to wind down, there's still plenty of action and violence to go around. In this …

Ep. 238 | The Warlord Era (Part 8)

December 30th, 2019


Part 8 in this series first presents a brief overview of "The Model Governor" Yan Xishan and his home province of Shanxi. After some daring moves on …

Ep. 237 | The Warlord Era (Part 7)

December 16th, 2019


In this Part 7 episode, the decade of battling warlords is coming to an end.  Anhui and Zhili, then Zhili and Fengtian...and then Zhili and Fengtian again.

The last of these series of clashes between warlords contending …

Ep. 236 | The Warlord Era (Part 6)

December 2nd, 2019


Things were looking on the up and up for Wu Peifu after his defeat of Zhang Zuolin in the First Zhili-Fengtian War. In this episode, we look at the …

Ep. 235 | The Warlord Era (Part 5)

November 18th, 2019


In Part 5 Laszlo gives the backstory to the Anhui-Zhili War and introduces another warlord, the famous Zhang Zuolin…The Manchurian Warlord. 

With …

Ep. 234 | The Warlord Era (Part 4)

November 2nd, 2019


The saga continues with the splintering of the Beiyang Army into factions or cliques who will battle each other for supremacy of the government.

Hubei military governor Wang Zhanyuan will be examined as one of the …

Ep. 233 | The Warlord Era (Part 3)

October 21st, 2019


The saga continues as the demise of Yuan Shikai is followed by the rise of Duan Qirui and Feng Guozhang. The Beiyang Military machine begins to crack …

Ep. 232 | The Warlord Era (Part 2)

October 6th, 2019


We looked at the setup for the Warlord Era last episode.  This time in Part 2 we focus on the rise and fall of Yuan Shikai and all the measures he took between 1911-1916.

These all primed the pump for the Warlord Era …

Ep. 231 | The Warlord Era (Part 1)

September 23rd, 2019


After years of requests to cover this topic, Laszlo finally gets around to the history of China's Warlord Era that lasted from 1916 to 1928 and into the Nanjing Decade.

In this Part 1 episode, Laszlo gives some …

Ep. 230 | Pirate and Mongol Slayer Qi Jiguang

September 9th, 2019


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 …

CHP Special Episode | China Tripping (Part 1)

September 6th, 2019


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 …

CHP Special Episode | China Tripping (Part 2)

September 6th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 229 | The Walled City of Kowloon

August 25th, 2019


Laszlo finally gets around to one of the most requested topics of all time, the Walled City of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

In this episode, the history behind the Kowloon Walled City is introduced from its humble beginnings …

Ep. 228 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 3)

August 11th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 227 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 2)

July 28th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 266 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 1)

July 15th, 2019


In this latest CHP installment, Laszlo finally gets around to introducing The Seven Great Singing Stars of old Shanghai whose performing skills on …

Ep. 225 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 8)

June 30th, 2019


Our eight-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 …

Ep. 224 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 7)

June 16th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 223 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 6)

June 2nd, 2019


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

Ep. 222 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 5)

May 19th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 221 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 4)

May 5th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 220 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 3)

April 21st, 2019


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. …

Ep. 219 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 2)

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 218 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 1)

March 24th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 217 | The History of the Hokkien People (Part 2)

March 9th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 216 | The History of the Hokkien People (Part 1)

February 26th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 215 | V.K. Wellington Koo (Part 2)

February 10th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 214 | V.K. Wellington Koo (Part 1)

January 27th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 213 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 6)

January 12th, 2019


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. 

Ep. 212 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 5)

December 30th, 2018


The drama continues with the final arrivals of European Jewish refugees into Shanghai, 1941-42. Afterward, the China option, that had previously served as a safety net for Jews seeking refuge far from the Nazi's, was no …

Ep. 211 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 4)

December 17th, 2018


Laszlo looks at Japanese attitudes towards the Jews and how it affected their treatment in Shanghai.  The focus will be on the year 1939 when the greatest wave of Jewish refugees arrived in Shanghai.

Then we will look …

Ep. 210 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 3)

November 29th, 2018


This third episode in a series examining the history of the Jewish refugees who found sanctuary on the east coast of China focuses on escalating …

Ep. 209 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 2)

November 18th, 2018


With the story of the Harbin Jews mostly out of the way, Laszlo moves on to the smaller and less known Jewish community of Tianjin. 

Then as the …

Ep. 208 | The History of the Jewish Refugees in China (Part 1)

October 22nd, 2018


Laszlo is back with a new series that looks at the history of the Jewish refugees who came to China during the first part of the twentieth century.

In this episode, after a long drawn-out intro that examines a bit of …

Ep. 207 | The Forgotten Chinese Labour Corps

September 1st, 2018


In commemoration of the American Labor Day Holiday, Laszlo brings you a rather forgotten tale from the annals of Chinese modern history. As discussed …

Ep. 206 | Robert van Gulik and Judge Dee

August 16th, 2018


In this episode, Laszlo introduced the great Nederlander Robert van Gulik. In his relatively short life, van Gulik made a name for himself as a …

Ep. 205 | Ing “Doc” Hay, Lung On and the Kam Wah Chung

July 20th, 2018


Laszlo presents another story from the annals of Chinese-American history. This one takes place during the Exclusion years and spotlights the Chinese …

Ep. 204 | The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man (Part 2)

June 24th, 2018


We continue on from the last episode's overview of the Chinese martial arts history timeline. Today we zero in on the history and (mostly) legends behind the Wing Chun style of king fu.  We'll also look at Grandmaster …

Ep. 203 | The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man (Part 1)

June 16th, 2018


Don't be fooled by the title. Wing Chin and Ip Man will be covered next episode. Today's the first in a two-part series that offers up a survey of …

Ep. 202 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 6)

May 11th, 2018


From Zhao Tuo to the present day, the history of the relations of these two great countries and frenemies is a great story. In this episode we enter the 20th century and explore the end of French domination in …

Ep. 201 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 5)

May 1st, 2018


The series picks up in the early part of the Later Lê and finishes off in the 19th century with the arrival of La France and the beginnings of Indochine.

Many heroes from Vietnam history will make appearances in this …

Ep. 200 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 4)

April 13th, 2018


In this landmark 200th episode Laszlo carries the story of China-Vietnam forward, beginning with the three Mongol invasions of Đại Việt during the …

Ep. 199 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 3)

March 30th, 2018


The CHP series covering the history of China-Vietnam Relations continues with Part 3. This episode will take the history all the way up to the Tran …

Ep. 198 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 2)

March 25th, 2018


Shi Xie's impact on bringing Chinese culture to the Jiao region is discussed. For most of this period, Vietnam remained under the direct …

Ep. 197 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 1)

March 20th, 2018


In this first of a multipart series, Laszlo explores the ancient relationship between China and Vietnam. In this episode, the earliest days going …

Ep. 196 | The British East India Company (Part 2)

February 27th, 2018


Laszlo finishes off this brief overview of The Honorable Company as tea takes center stage in history. It's a very rough landing for the East India …

Ep. 195 | The British East India Company (Part 1)

February 24th, 2018


Maybe this isn't the most "China history flavored" topic but The Honorable Company did play a somewhat starring role during the Qing Dynasty starting …

Ep. 194 | The History of Toi San and US Immigration

February 13th, 2018


In this episode, Laszlo looks at U.S. Immigration during the bad old days of Chinese Exclusion. The subject will be examined through the telling of …

Ep. 193 | Whitey Smith and Early Shanghai Jazz

January 27th, 2018


In this episode, Laszlo tries something new. This time we look at the life and times of Whitey Smith, an important figure in the context of not only Shanghai Jazz, but the entirety of jazz history. 

Ep. 192 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 9)

January 6th, 2018


Laszlo emerges from the post-holiday festivities to finish off the series, picking up from the last episode of the life and work of Wang Yangming.

Ep. 191 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 8)

December 28th, 2017


This is an all Neo-Confucian episode. The last episode, Laszlo introduced three of the five founders of Neo-Confucianism: Zhou Dunyi, Shao Yong, and Zhang Zai.

This time we finish off with the remaining two …

Ep. 190 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 7)

December 16th, 2017


In the late Han Dynasty, philosophy was a lot more complex than in Confucius's time. The focus in this episode is on philosophical thought in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).  

From the fall of the Han dynasty in 220, all …

Ep. 189 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 6)

December 11th, 2017


Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days …

Ep. 188 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 5)

December 7th, 2017


Legalism takes front and center stage in this episode. After the conquest of the competing Warring States in 221 BCE by Qin Shihuang, a new ideology …

Ep. 187 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 4)

December 1st, 2017


Laszlo is back on track, picking up where we left off in part two following the death of Master Kong in 479 BCE. A lot happened in the world of …

Ep. 186 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 3)

November 24th, 2017


Although covered before in an old China History Podcast episode, Laszlo takes the Yi Jing (I Ching, sometimes called the ‘Book of Changes’) off the …

Ep. 185 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 2)

November 17th, 2017


In this second helping of Laszlo's overview of the history of Chinese philosophy, the Great Sage himself is the center of focus. Arguably China's most famous citizen of all time, Confucius (and his disciples) created an …

Ep. 184 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 1)

November 10th, 2017


After the longest break in the action since 2001, The CHP is back with this pleasant little 9-Part overview covering the history of Chinese philosophy.

The series will run from pre-Confucian times clear through to Wang …

Ep. 183 | The Nanjing Massacre (Part 2)

May 11th, 2017


Laszlo finishes off the overview of the Rape of Nanking as well as the stories of John Rabe, Robert O. Wilson, Minnie Vautrin, Rev. William Magee, and others who directed the Nanjing Safety Zone during the worst weeks …

Ep. 182 | The Nanjing Massacre (Part 1)

May 11th, 2017


This is a very emotional, controversial, and sensitive subject for a whole lot of reasons.  Over the next two episodes, Laszlo will review material …

Ep. 181 | The Early Years of Sino-Russian Relations

April 3rd, 2017


At last, the early years of Russia-China relations can see the light of day. As you can see, this is another one of those hour-plus episodes that were not long enough for two episodes and a bit overly long for one.

This …

Ep. 180 | The Earliest Years of Christianity in China

February 20th, 2017


Many people don't know that the first preaching of Christianity in China pre-dated the Jesuits by more than nine centuries.  We'll take a second cursory look at the Jesuits as part of a bigger story that includes …

Ep. 179 | The Ancient History of Silk

January 29th, 2017


Thanks to Carole in Virginia for giving me enough of a push to get this episode finally produced.  This might have been one of the first ten topics I …

Ep. 178 | William Mesny (Part 2)

January 10th, 2017


In part two of this series examining the forgotten life of William Mesny, we hear the second half of his story in China. We're mostly using author David Leffman's 2016 book "The Mercenary Mandarin"

Ep. 177 | William Mesny (Part 1)

January 10th, 2017


In this first part of a two-part series, we examine the forgotten life of William Mesny. Drawing from author David Leffman's 2016 book "The Mercenary …

Ep. 176 | The History of the Teochew People

November 29th, 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 …

Ep. 175 | Su Dongpo

October 27th, 2016


In America, we have Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Hemingway, and so on. In China, Su Dongpo, (also known referred to as Su Shi) would be mentioned …

Ep. 174 | The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao

October 12th, 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 …

Ep. 173 | The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown (Part 3)

September 2nd, 2016


Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars.  

For a list of the terms used in this episode, check out the episode page on the CHP website here

Hungry for more Chinatown-War …

Ep. 172 | The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown (Part 2)

August 29th, 2016


In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest.  The first and second Tong Wars are discussed.  

For a list of the terms used in this episode, visit the episode page at the CHP website here

Hungry for more …

Ep. 171 | The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown (Part 1)

July 27th, 2016


In this episode, Laszlo explains the Tong Wars of New York's Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman's latest book we go back to late 19th - early 20th century America and focus on New York's Chinatown.  

These were …

Ep. 170 | The Mongol Yuan Dynasty (Part 2)

June 18th, 2016


Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271.  The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts …

Ep. 169 | The Mongol Yuan Dynasty (Part 1)

May 23rd, 2016


In this long-overdue episode with a deceiving title, we don't actually get around to the Yuan Dynasty.  However, a nice handy and confusing overview …

Ep. 168 | Zhou Enlai (Part 8)

April 7th, 2016


In this bonus one hour plus episode we look at the last six years of Zhou Enlai's life. It was a bittersweet end for Premier Zhou.  

In between doing great things for China and guiding the country's general well-being, …

Ep. 167 | Zhou Enlai (Part 7)

March 11th, 2016


In this longer than expected seventh episode of the series, the Cultural Revolution gets underway, something that Zhou will have to deal with until …

Ep. 166 | Zhou Enlai (Part 6)

February 19th, 2016


More Zhou Enlai again. This time we look at the second half of the 1950s. Zhou was as busy as ever, setting up the government, handling foreign relations, and dealing with Chairman Mao.

This episode will see Zhou during …

Ep. 165 | Zhou Enlai (Part 5)

February 4th, 2016


Welcome back to Part 5 of our Zhou Enlai series. Today, the focus is on the Korean War and the Geneva Conference. Zhou already enjoyed some degree of international respect from those he had come to know during his …

Ep. 164 | Zhou Enlai (Part 4)

December 19th, 2015


In this Part 4 episode of the CHP Zhou Enlai series Laszlo re-tells the always amusing story of when the Americans came around Yan'an to kick the tires of the CCP and see what they were all about.

This time Zhou again …

Ep. 163 | Zhou Enlai (Part 3)

November 30th, 2015


In this Part 3 episode, the story of Zhou Enlai is taken all the way up to the 1943 Yan'an Rectification Campaign.  We'll look at the Zunyi Conference, the Long March, the Xian Incident, and finally the ill-fated Second …

Ep. 162 | Zhou Enlai (Part 2)

November 12th, 2015


In this second part of what's shaping up to be a long series, Laszlo picks up at the Zhongshan Gunboat Incident and follows the life of Zhou Enlai …

Ep. 161 | Zhou Enlai (Part 1)

November 5th, 2015


In today's Part 1 episode Laszlo explores the early life of Zhou Enlai, growing up in a traditional scholar-officials family that had seen better …

Ep. 160 | Jack Jones and the FAU China Convoy 1945-1951

October 4th, 2015


Jack Jones' story is told today in this little snapshot of a little-known organization that operated in 1940's China known as The Friends Ambulance …

Ep. 159 | Chinese American Stars and Entertainers of Old Hollywood

August 31st, 2015


In this episode, Laszlo focuses on the history of Chinese Americans in the early years of Hollywood.  The period will focus on the 1920s to the …

Ep. 158 | The Rise and Fall of the Qin (Part 2)

August 15th, 2015


This time Laszlo finishes off the Qin in two parts as promised. Apologies for the lopsidedness of it all. In this extra-long episode, Laszlo takes …

Ep. 157 | The Rise and Fall of the Qin (Part 1)

August 2nd, 2015


In this first of two episodes, Laszlo gives Qin Shihuang, the subject of the first-ever China History Podcast episode, a total makeover, complete with better sounding audio, and even more information than the first …

Ep. 156 | Joseph Needham (Part 2)

July 8th, 2015


In this Part 2 episode, Laszlo continues his intro of Joseph Needham in 1943 right after Needham returned from his perilous adventure to the northwest of China to visit the sights of Dunhuang.  We'll conclude the life …

Ep. 155 | Joseph Needham (Part 1)

June 22nd, 2015


In this long-awaited topic, Laszlo introduces "The Man Who Loved China", Dr. Joseph Needham.  A true friend of China for most of his adult life, …

Ep. 154 | The Secret Nüshu Script

May 21st, 2015


In this shorter than usual episode, Laszlo introduces a little piece of culture taken from the southern portion of Hunan Province.  Generations of …

Ep. 153 | The History of Opium in China

April 27th, 2015


In this episode, Laszlo examines remarks made by distinguished UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman who had commented on Britain's …

Ep. 152 | The Flying Tigers (Part 2)

April 3rd, 2015


Laszlo finishes off the CHP overview of the story of the AVG in World War II. In this episode, the battle commences on December 20, 1941. From that …

Ep. 151 | The Flying Tigers (Part 1)

March 21st, 2015


In this Part 1 episode, Laszlo provides all the setup and background for the magnificent story of the American Volunteer Group, known more popularly …

Ep. 150 | The History of the Hakka People

February 28th, 2015


In this milestone 150th CHP episode, Laszlo shines a light on the Hakka people and where they fit in Chinese history.  There are no shortages of authoritative sources that all disagree as to their origins and when the …

Ep. 139 | Sir Edmund Backhouse (Part 3)

July 24th, 2014


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 of decades of Backhouse’s life.  Backhouse remains in …

Ep. 138 | Sir Edmund Backhouse (Part 2)

July 24th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 137 | Sir Edmund Backhouse (Part 1)

July 24th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 136 | Wong Chin Foo

June 28th, 2014


I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea in 2021 to resurrect this old episode from mid-2014 that tells the mostly forgotten story of Wong Chin Foo (王清福). …

Ep. 135 | The Song Emperor Huizong (Part 4)

June 1st, 2014


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’ …

Ep. 134 | The Song Emperor Huizong (Part 3)

May 10th, 2014


We continue in 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 …

Ep. 133 | The Song Emperor Huizong (Part 2)

April 18th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 132 | The Song Emperor Huizong (Part 1)

March 20th, 2014


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 last emperor …

Ep. 131 | Morris Two-Gun Cohen (Part 2)

March 2nd, 2014


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 Chinese …

Ep. 130 | Morris Two-Gun Cohen (Part 1)

February 23rd, 2014


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 …

Ep. 129 | The Incident at Xuanwu Gate

January 19th, 2014


In this episode, we revisit the founding of the Tang Dynasty and focus on the events leading up to, during, and right after the Incident at Xuanwu …

Ep. 128 | The History of American Chinese Cuisine

December 30th, 2013


After a record-breaking pause in the action, Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish 2013. This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft-requested topic here at …

Ep. 127 | The Birth of US-China Relations

November 27th, 2013


In this episode, we take a look at the circumstances and times when the brand spanking new nation of the USA came to a calling to China for the very first time. The so-called “Most Important Relationship in the World” …

Ep. 126 | Yelü Abaoji

November 4th, 2013


This week we look at the Khitan people of the steppes. These people came from the lands between Manchuria and Mongolia. Their most famous son was …

Ep. 125 | Zhuge Liang

October 20th, 2013


In this episode, we explore the life and times of the historical and cultural icon Zhuge Liang (181-234 AD). He’s a very good example of a well-known …

Ep. 124 | Sir Y.K. Pao

October 9th, 2013


The China History Podcast is back with another episode. This time we look at the life and times of a personal favorite of mine., Sir Y.K. Pao. In telling the story of Sir Yue-kong Pao (Bao Yugang in Mandarin) we can …

Ep. 123 | The History of the Chinese in Mexico

September 3rd, 2013


The story of the Chinese Mexicans is typical in some respects. They came to Mexico either because they wanted to and saw it as a land of opportunity or they came because it was the next best thing to emigrating to the …

Ep. 122 | The Chinese Civil War (Part 4)

August 5th, 2013


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.  The victory was imminent …

Ep. 121 | The Chinese Civil War (Part 3)

July 15th, 2013


Welcome back to Part 3 of our overview of the Chinese Civil War. The focus this time will be on the Liaoshen, Huaihai, and Pingjin Campaigns that not only grabbed all of north China and Manchuria for the Communists but …

Ep. 120 | The Chinese Civil War (Part 2)

June 30th, 2013


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 start out well for the Nationalists as they pummel the PLA in …

Ep. 119 | The Chinese Civil War (Part 1)

June 10th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 118 | John Service (Part 4)

May 19th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 117 | John Service (Part 3)

May 7th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 116 | John Service (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2013


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 …

Ep. 115 | John Service (Part 1)

April 9th, 2013


This week we explore the life and times 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 State Department serving in China as …

Ep. 114 | The Shang Oracle Bones

March 28th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 113 | Dr. Norman Bethune

March 15th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 112 | The Kaifeng Jews

March 2nd, 2013


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 …

Ep. 111 | The Wu State

February 19th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 110 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 10)

February 10th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 109 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 9)

January 21st, 2013


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 …

Ep. 108 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 8)

January 10th, 2013


After a bit of a break, we pick up after the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.  The 1950s were a stressful time for Hong Kong with Britain managing a …

Ep. 107 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 7)

December 24th, 2012


We're back with Part 7 of Laszlo's overview of the History of Hong Kong.

Ep. 106 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 6)

December 16th, 2012


In this latest installment of the CHP History of Hong Kong overview, we look at the years from Governors Nathan to Peel.  The modern age comes to Hong Kong along with plenty of fallout and spillover from the upheavals …

Ep. 105 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 5)

December 2nd, 2012


In this fifth installment of our Hong Kong history overview, we look at the final couple of decades of the 19th century.  Hong Kong’s second generation is coming to the fore.  They are a better educated and more …

Ep. 104 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 4)

November 17th, 2012


We continue this overview series on the history of Hong Kong. This time we pick up right after the Treaty of Nanjing and look at the early efforts to …

Ep. 103 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 3)

November 9th, 2012


Welcome back to Part 3 of Laszlo's overview of the History of Hong Kong.

Ep. 102 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 2)

October 27th, 2012


In part two of Laszlo’s overview of the history of Hong Kong, we look at the Canton System and the lead-up to hostilities that culminated in the …

Ep. 101 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 1)

October 13th, 2012


Laszlo is back after another long delay.  In this shorter than usual episode, The China History Podcast presents Part 1 of a multi-part series that …

Ep. 99 | Sidney Rittenberg

September 26th, 2012


In this episode, we introduce American Sidney Rittenberg, 李敦白,known by the title of his 1993 book  as “The Man Who Stayed Behind.”  He arrived in …

Ep. 98 | Ricci, Schall and Verbiest

September 17th, 2012


In this longer than usual episode, we feature the three giants of the Jesuit China Mission of the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition to their work …

Ep. 96 | Wang Xizhi

September 1st, 2012


In this episode, we look at Wang Xizhi, a man of letters who achieved greatness during the Eastern Jin dynasty and is called China’s greatest calligrapher.  

His life and achievements will be explored along with the …

Ep. 95 | Yue Fei

August 23rd, 2012


Like Guan Yu in the previous episode 081, Yue Fei of the Southern Song Dynasty was a heroic and legendary military man in Chinese history.  He dedicated his life to resisting the aggression of the Jurchens of the Jin …

Ep. 94 | Zheng He (Part 3)

August 15th, 2012


We close out our three-part series on the amazing life of Admiral Zheng He and his seven voyages. This time the CHP looks at retired submarine commander Gavin Menzies and his take on what Zheng He achieved.  He makes …

Ep. 93 | Zheng He (Part 2)

August 8th, 2012


We continue on with the voyages of Zheng He.  This time we look at some of the highlights from all seven voyages.  Then after the Yong Le and Xuan De emperors pass from the scene, no further emperors are interested to …

Ep. 92 | Zheng He (Part 1)

July 29th, 2012


Laszlo is back after more than two weeks on the lam.  This time we look at part 1 of a series featuring the great adventurer/explorer/diplomat Zheng He.  Zheng He’s seven voyages to India, Persia, and the east coast of …

Ep. 91 | Xiang Yu

July 11th, 2012


We’re back in ancient days again, this time the short period in between the Qin and Han Dynasties when two great leaders, Xiang Yu and Liu Bang, contended for the throne left vacant by the deceased first emperor of …

Ep. 90 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 8)

July 2nd, 2012


In this final episode of the Cultural Revolution overview we look at the events that went down in 1976 as well as the massive mopping-up operation …

Ep. 89 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 7)

June 25th, 2012


In this week’s episode, we get all the way up to the end of 1975.  With Zhou Enlai ailing and Mao Zedong also not long for the world, there is a sudden urgency to find a successor to the chairman.  Now more than ever …

Ep. 88 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 6)

June 19th, 2012


In this episode we finish off 1969, a year that not only saw internal revolt and anarchy but also saw armed border confrontation with the Soviet …

Ep. 87 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 5)

June 13th, 2012


In the fifth installment of our China History Podcast overview of the Cultural Revolution we look at the milestone events of 1967: The February …

Ep. 86 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 4)

June 4th, 2012


The second half of 1966 and into 1967 saw some of the worst excesses of the Cultural Revolution.  In this episode the violence spreads throughout …

Ep. 85 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 3)

May 28th, 2012


Momentous and shocking events happen one after another, day after day. With the announcement of the 16 Points, now the Cultural Revolution has a …

Ep. 84 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 2)

May 21st, 2012


This week Laszlo takes us up to August 1966 with this Cultural Revolution overview. After a nine-month hiatus down in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Wuhan, …

Ep. 83 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 1)

May 13th, 2012


By popular demand, Laszlo begins to trace the history of the Cultural Revolution. This week’s episode looks at the events leading up to the moment in …

Ep. 82 | The History of China-India Relations

April 30th, 2012


Firstly, Laszlo apologizes in advance for the horrific pronunciation of all terms Hindi. This week the topic is the history behind Sino-Indian …

Ep. 81 | Guan Yu

April 23rd, 2012


Known by many names, Guan Yu, Guan Gong, Guan Di, this great man of loyalty, integrity, and justice lived during the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

His oath of brotherhood with Liu Bei and Zhang Fei is the …

Ep. 80 | Bo Yibo

April 14th, 2012


This week we look at a committed Communist Party leader who played an important role in steering China’s economy and financial system from 1949 to …

Ep. 79 | Carl Crow

April 5th, 2012


This time we look at Missouri-born Carl Crow (1883-1945).  Though pretty much forgotten today, Carl Crow lived an amazing life and was a prolific …

Ep. 77 | The Silk Road & Marco Polo

March 14th, 2012


In this farewell look at the Silk Road, we discuss a few more interesting things and then give the travels and adventures of Marco Polo a once over.

Ep. 76 | Buddhism and the Silk Road

March 6th, 2012


Another fortnight, another China History Podcast. We return to the Silk Road and focus our attention on the monk Xuanzang.  His was an interesting …

Ep. 75 | Xi Jinping

February 20th, 2012


NOTE: This episode was produced PRIOR to President Xi's accession to the Head of the Party (and everything else). Xi Jinping left U.S. soil last night after taking in the Laker game at Staples Center. His visit this …

Ep. 73 | The Early Years of the Silk Road

February 12th, 2012


Laszlo’s back from Germany and after a long delay we pick up where we left off. In this episode we reacquaint ourselves with the background and early years of the Silk Road.

Ep. 72 | The Hong Kong Triads

January 23rd, 2012


The Triads of Hong Kong have an interesting historical past that shaped their development throughout the years.  Today we look at their origins and …

Ep. 71 | Ouyang Xiu

January 16th, 2012


Now that we have Deng Xiaoping out of the way, we’re back looking at random topics throughout the ages. This week we look at the great Song Dynasty statesman and sage Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072). In this episode, we’ll …

Ep. 70 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 8)

January 8th, 2012


Today we conclude our eight-part overview of Dr. Ezra Vogel’s recent biography of Deng Xiaoping. In this installment, we focus on Deng’s dramatic and brilliant Southern Tour of January-February 1992.

Ep. 69 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 7)

December 30th, 2011


After a holiday delay, Laszlo is back with the 7th and almost final episode of our overview of the life of Deng Xiaoping. In this episode we look at …

Ep. 68 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 6)

December 19th, 2011


In this sixth installment of the Deng Xiaoping overview, we focus on 1978-1979. In this episode we see Deng return to power a third time. Deng immediately throws all his energy into advancing the cause of modernization …

Ep. 67 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 5)

December 15th, 2011


This week’s episode looks at the exciting events that all went down in 1976. Deng Xiaoping is on the defensive thanks to his 1975 policies to revive …

Ep. 66 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 4)

December 3rd, 2011


After a bit of a delay, this week we look again at Deng Xiaoping and his struggles during the Cultural Revolution Years from 1966 to 1975. Seems we …

Ep. 65 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 3)

November 23rd, 2011


Today in Part 3 of our Deng Xiaoping overview we look at The Great One’s life from 1952 after his return from the Southwest Bureau all the way up to …

Ep. 64 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 2)

November 14th, 2011


This time we continue on with our overview of the great leader Deng Xiaoping. We pick up in 1937 with the invasion by Japan, the civil war, and the founding of the PRC. We examine Deng’s achievements all the way up to …

Ep. 63 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 1)

November 7th, 2011


Laszlo is happily back in Cali with a new episode that looks at the early years of Deng Xiaoping. Most of the narrative is based on passages gleaned from Ezra Vogel’s new biography of The Great One.

Ep. 62 | Four Noted Foreigners Buried at Babaoshan

October 31st, 2011


This time we take a look at four Westerners who committed their lives to the People’s Republic of China. These four foreigners, Agnes Smedley, Anna Louise Strong, George Hatem, and Israel Epstein were all friends of …

Ep. 61 | The First Twelve Months of the PRC

October 17th, 2011


Today we jump over much of the history of the 1940′s and zero in on the moment when the PRC was officially established on Oct 1, 1949.  Today’s podcast episode offers a general overview of the first year of the PRC and …

Ep. 60 | The Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors

October 7th, 2011


Before we head back to modern times, we look at the mythological beginnings of the Chinese people and the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This …

Ep. 59 | The Duke of Zhou

September 29th, 2011


This week we look at the immortal Zhou Gong, the Duke of Zhou.  If he isn’t the most revered person from Chinese history, he’s certainly in the top three. He guided the earliest years of the Zhou Dynasty through …

Ep. 58 | Sir Robert Hart

September 19th, 2011


This week’s episode runs a little long as there won’t be anything for the following week. Today’s episode looks at the life and interesting career of …

Ep. 57 | Mid-Autumn Festival

September 11th, 2011


Mid-Autumn Festival takes place every year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar. This year that date falls on September 12. The …

Ep. 56 | China and Japan 1895-1945

September 3rd, 2011


Thanks to RL in Hefei for the inspiration, this week we take a look at China and Japan’s difficult history.  We focus on the historical events that …

Ep. 55 | The Shanghai Massacre 1927

August 30th, 2011


Today we’re back with more history.  We look at the Shanghai Massacre of April 12, 1927.  This was the defining moment when Chiang Kai-shek and his allies and supporters made a bloody break with the Communists.  

Ep. 53 | China in the Early 1920s

August 14th, 2011


The 1920′s in Republican-era China was anything but quiet and uneventful. In this episode, we focus on the general situation in China during the …

Ep. 52 | Daoism (Part 3)

August 8th, 2011


We close out our little overview of Daoism by looking at the most powerful and popular Daoist deities. In this episode you will meet the Three Pure …

Ep. 51 | Daoism (Part 2)

July 29th, 2011


More Daoism this week. We look at Zhuangzi and trace the development of Daoism during the classical age from the Han Dynasty to the Tang

Ep. 50 | Daoism (Part 1)

July 20th, 2011


In this week’s episode, Laszlo tackles Daoism, a philosophy, religion, and way of life that everyone has heard about but not everyone learned the backstory. This time we look at the history and the times that spawned …

Ep. 49 | Sir Run Run Shaw

July 11th, 2011


Today we have some lighter fare than usual.  Nine months ago we looked at one great Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-Shing. Today we look at another. In this …

Ep. 48 | The Founding of the CCP

July 1st, 2011


In this episode, Laszlo examines the origins of the CCP, also known as the Chinese Communist Party.

Ep. 47 | Adventurer Zhang Qian

June 22nd, 2011


In this episode, we look at the life of one of the bravest and greatest adventurers of ancient times.  Zhang Qian was selected by the Han Dynasty …

Ep. 46 | The May 4th Movement

June 16th, 2011


May 4, 1919, was a historic day in modern Chinese history. The demonstration in Beijing and the subsequent movement brought seismic changes to …

Ep. 45 | The Aftermath of the Xinhai Revolution

June 7th, 2011


The Qing Dynasty formally came to an end on February 12, 1912, when the last emperor Puyi abdicated. That same year the Republic of China was founded and had a very rocky start.  In today’s episode, we look at the …

Ep. 44 | The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

May 30th, 2011


In an effort to bring some understanding to the recently proposed call for a resolution to formally acknowledge and express regret for banning …

Ep. 42 | Review of the Overviews

May 14th, 2011


In a special collectors edition of the China History Podcast, we review the Imperial China overviews of the past eight months.

Ep. 41 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 7)

May 4th, 2011


In this episode, we conclude our eight-month overview of Chinese Imperial history from Yu the Great of the Xia Dynasty to Puyi of the Qing.  After more than half a century of tragedy, upheaval, national humiliation, and …

Ep. 40 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 6)

April 25th, 2011


This week we look at China during the Tongzhi Era and part of the reign of Guangxu. This period from 1875 to 1895 is more of the same for China. More humiliation at the hands of foreigners. More scrambling to modernize. …

Ep. 39 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 5)

April 18th, 2011


We’re almost at the end of our Imperial China History Overview. In this segment of the China History Podcast, we look at the continued misfortunes in China during the Xianfeng era, as the country is torn apart by the …

Ep. 38 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 4)

April 9th, 2011


Here we begin the turbulent, bloody, and historically humiliating 19th century in China. The first half-century sees two emperors, Jiaqing and …

Ep. 37 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 3)

March 31st, 2011


In this episode, we look at the bittersweet reign of the Qianlong emperor. The longest-reigning emperor in Chinese imperial history, the Qianlong era saw the most splendid three decades for the Manchu of the Qing …

Ep. 36 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 2)

March 24th, 2011


In this episode, we examine the Yongzheng emperor, the second of the three great Qing emperors who reigned during the most golden of times for the …

Ep. 35 | The Qing Dynasty (Part 1)

March 18th, 2011


In this first episode covering the Qing Dynasty, we look at the Shunzhi emperor and his son, the Kangxi emperor.  The 61-year reign of the Kangxi emperor was the longest in imperial Chinese history. The Kangxi, …

Ep. 34 | The Ming Dynasty (Part 4)

March 7th, 2011


We finish off our overview of the Ming Dynasty in this episode and also trace the rise of the Manchu. The period from the Jiajing emperor to the tragic suicide of the Chongzhen emperor saw a slow and steady decline in …

Ep. 33 | The Ming Dynasty (Part 3)

March 1st, 2011


In today’s episode, we look at Ming Dynasty China from the reigns of Xuande to Jiajing. This period in Chinese history was witnessing momentous changes. The dynasty suffers a terrible debacle in 1449. Portugal was …

Ep. 32 | The Ming Dynasty (Part 2)

February 21st, 2011


In this week’s episode we examine the second great emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the Yongle [Yong - Leh] emperor who reigned 1402-1424. This tireless …

Ep. 31 | The Ming Dynasty (Part 1)

February 13th, 2011


Laszlo is back, finally, after a longer layoff than expected.  This week we look at the end of the Yuan dynasty and the founding of the Ming Dynasty. We look at the first emperor Ming Taizu, a.k.a. The Hongwu Emperor. 

Ep. 30 | Chinese New Year

February 2nd, 2011


This week we take a break from the history to look at the background and the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year.  Laszlo will be back next time to pick up where we left off after the fall of the Song Dynasty.  On …

Ep. 29 | The Southern Song Dynasty

January 26th, 2011


In this week’s episode, Laszlo finishes off the Song Dynasty after the Jin Empire captures the royal family and sacks the capital in Kaifeng. The Song dynasty continues on with the new capital in the south of China, …

Ep. 28 | The Northern Song Dynasty

January 19th, 2011


This week’s episode runs a little longer than usual. In it, we examine the Northern Song Dynasty from 960 to 1127. This was a precarious time for China. Despite three potentially menacing non-Han empires surrounding …

Ep. 27 | Tang Dynasty (Part 3)

January 10th, 2011


In today’s final installment covering the history of the great Tang Dynasty, we look at its agonizing decline until 907 when it is pushed aside and another period of disunity sets in, the Five Dynasties reign in the …

Ep. 26 | Tang Dynasty (Part 2)

January 3rd, 2011


Laszlo is back after a holiday illness to continue where we left off in 705 with the passing of Wu Zetian. After an initial golden age during the …

Ep. 25 | Tang Dynasty (Part 1)

December 9th, 2010


As the Sui peters out, Li Yuan, the Duke of Tang, seizes power and establishes the Tang Dynasty in 618. Along with the Song, the Tang Dynasty is …

Ep. 24 | The Sui Dynasty

December 1st, 2010


The demise of the Southern & Northern Dynasties brought us a China unified under the Sui emperors Wen and Yang.  This ephemeral dynasty laid the groundwork for the splendor of the Tang dynasty.  Lasting only 37 …

Ep. 23 | The Southern and Northern Kingdoms

November 24th, 2010


The Southern & Northern Dynasties were a collection of dynasties that lasted 170 years and preceded the time of unification under the Sui …

Ep. 22 | The Three Kingdoms and the Jin Dynasty

November 16th, 2010


This week we are back with more Chinese history.  We will look at a very confusing but exciting time when there was mostly a period of disunity and China was broken up into contending kingdoms.  However this period of …

Ep. 20 | The Han Dynasty (Part 3)

October 30th, 2010


In this final installment of the Han Dynasty overview, we look at the reign of Wang Mang during the short-lived Xin Dynasty and the Eastern (or …

Ep. 19 | The Han Dynasty (Part 2)

October 21st, 2010


Today we present the second part of the Western Han Dynasty overview where we will look at the great Han emperors Wendi, Jingdi, and perhaps the …

Ep. 18 | The Han Dynasty (Part 1)

October 13th, 2010


In this week’s episode, we look at only the first few decades of the Western Han Dynasty.  The Western Han lasted from 202BC to 8AD.  We’ll focus on the fall of the Qin and the rise of Liu Bang who went on to found the …

Ep. 17 | The Eastern Zhou Dynasty

September 29th, 2010


In this episode, we look at the second phase of the Zhou Dynasty.  This period was known as the Eastern Zhou.  The Eastern Zhou was broken down between the Spring & Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, which …

Ep. 16 | The Western Zhou Dynasty

September 23rd, 2010


Today we take a 走马看花 look at the 790 year Zhou Dynasty, the longest dynasty in Chinese history. In this episode we will particularly focus on the …

Ep. 15 | The Shang Dynasty

September 15th, 2010


This week in part two of our dynasty overview, we examine the Shang Dynasty from 1600 BC to 1046 BC. Chinese characters make their appearance for the …

Ep. 14 | The Xia Dynasty

September 8th, 2010


In this episode, we commence our Chinese imperial dynasty overview.  It begins today with the Xia Dynasty 夏朝代. According to historiographer Sima Qian, this was the first dynasty of China.  Its origins and its demise and …

Ep. 13 | Li Ka-shing

September 5th, 2010


Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong billionaire tycoon who has played a great role in not only Hong Kong’s prosperity but in China’s as well.  He is respected …

Ep. 11 | Kang Sheng

August 19th, 2010


Kang Sheng was a sinister character from modern Chinese history who was both Chairman Mao’s close confidant and creator of China’s Secret Police.

Ep. 7 | Wu Zetian

July 20th, 2010


This week we look at the Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman from Chinese history to rule China as an emperor in her own name.

Ep. 6 | The Opium War

July 14th, 2010


In this week’s episode, we give an overview of the First Opium War, one of the most humiliating events in modern Chinese history. From this event …

Ep. 4 | The Great Leap Forward

June 30th, 2010


The Great Leap Forward ( 大跃进) from 1958-1960 caused death and suffering to dozens of millions of people. It sounded like a workable idea but it didn’t turn out like Chairman Mao hoped. When looking back on the life of …

Ep. 3 | The Four Great Inventions

June 24th, 2010


Today we look at the Four Great Inventions, the 四大发明, that Lord Francis Bacon hailed as having done more than anything else to transform completely the modern world and mark it off from antiquity and the Middle Ages. …

Welcome to the China History Podcast

June 9th, 2010


A warm welcome to everyone across the world and thank you for listening to the introductory episode of the China History Podcast.  Each week we will bring you a different topic taken from the annals of 5,000 years of …

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