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The China History Podcast Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.
A Soundtrack of Resistance A podcast looking at the social history of Indonesia, through the songs of Navicula, the best band you’ve probably never heard of. In each episode of the show, we dig deep into one Navicula song, and the story of why and how it was made. Find out more at:

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Past Daily: Presidents Being Presidential Listen to U.S presidents carry on performing their presidential duties, including delivering commencement speeches describing the state of the nation and the importance of the American people to the ingenuity that our fellow citizens rely on to propel the United States to greater heights on the world stage.

Past Daily curates historical press conferences, interviews, and other audio content from archived sources in order to transport you back in time and to make you feel as though you're full with patriotism at the thought of sending a man to the moon or optimistic at President Franklin's efforts to unite the country. For history buffs and all those in between, this is presidents being presidential.
Past Daily: Amazing Historical Concerts & News
Past Daily: News Junkies Listen to News Junkies from Vurbl Partner Past Daily as they cover authentic broadcasts from Radio Moscow, accounts of 1970s media, and the death of Princess Diana.
Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. Past Daily is the only place on the Internet where you can hear a Nixon speech, listen to an interview with John Cassavettes or play a broadcast of Charles Munch rehearsing the Boston Symphony in 1950, all in the same place. It's living history and it's timeless.
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Past Daily: Your World and Welcome To It Listen to some of the most influential and precarious moments in world history including Britain's decision to join the European Union, The Iranian Hostage Crisis during President Carter's term, and the importance of the 1951 France election, given the context of the Cold War.

Past Daily curates historical press conferences, interviews, and other audio content from archived sources in order to transport you back in time and to make you feel as though you're navigating the devastation from Hurricane Katrina or relishing in your new Conservative Party's leadership in Britain. For history buffs and all those in between, this is your world, and you're welcome to it.
Past Daily: Amazing Historical Concerts & News
Past Daily: Audio Clips of the Conflict's Greatest Hits Listen to Past Daily's curated collection of important historical moments from the 1950s and 1960s, including a live radio documentary six days after the Cuban Missile Crisis and an interview from German Mayor William Brandt shortly after the Berlin Wall collapsed.

Past Daily curates historical press conferences, interviews, and other audio content from archived sources in order to transport you back in time and to make you feel as though you're beside Nicholas Katzenbach, championing Civil Rights to a crowd in Alabama or anxiously awaiting for news of whether or not the United States will go to war with The Soviet Union. For history buffs and all those in between, this is your world, and you're welcome to it.
Past Daily: Amazing Historical Concerts & News
Deep Dive: Cold War Learn about the conflict between two superpowers during the twentieth century that nearly led to a third world war. The United States and the USSR viciously competed for nearly half a century for global ideological dominance, and the aftermath of that conflict still impacts us to this very day. These are the best podcasts that discuss the history and legacy of the Cold War. Vurbl Audio Histories of the World
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Best History Podcasts On Vurbl History enthusiasts may rejoice with this collection of the best history podcasts on Vurbl. Listen to historical events from hundreds of years ago and stories that still have a lasting impact on us today. No matter what era of history interests you the most, you're sure to find something you'll love in this playlist, featuring creators like HISTORY This Week, Old Timey Crimey, and Ridiculous History. Vurbl Audio Histories of the World

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Ep. 306 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 4) The history continues with the many exciting and historically consequential events of the mid-19th century. In this Part 4 episode, the history of Guangzhou takes a dramatic turn as the Europeans start showing up in greater numbers clamoring for more trade and more access to the China market. The Qianlong Emperor calls for the Canton System which leads to a number of "stepping stones" that ultimately results in the Treaty of Nanjing. And now with four additional treaty ports opened to trade, Guangzhou's importance starts to wane. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ep. 305 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 3) The history continues of China's great and historic "Window to the World", the city of Guangzhou. This time we pick up in the Yuan dynasty, where everything culturally, politically, and commercially picks up the pace going back to the Tang. Quanzhou in Fujian province outpaces Guangzhou as far as China's most important trade port. But that will change once we get the Ming and Qing dynasties. In this episode, the Europeans will finally, after more than 2,000 years, get their chance to get to know China face to face and up close. Needless to say, it didn't go too well.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ep. 158B | The Rise and Fall of the Qin (Part 3) In this final Part 3 episode we finally get around to Qin Shihuang and the dynasty he founded. He didn’t reign a long time but the First Qin Emperor’s impact on all the dynasties that followed was very long lasting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Welcome to The China History Podcast! 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 for the annals of 5,000 years of Chinese history. We'll look at the dynasties, historical persons, ancient history, modern history and everything in between.Visit our website: us on Twitter: us on Instagram: out our YouTube Channel: the Teacup Media Patreon: to CHP Premium: Laszlo with Buy Me a Coffee: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ep. 304 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 2) We're picking up in the Tang Dynasty. Guangzhou continues its leading role as the gateway to Southern China coming from the South China Sea and beyond. Heaven is high and the emperor is far away. Despite its importance to the dynasty even in the 7th century, Guangzhou was still a place of banishment and not yet completely integrated with everything happening in the north. Arab and Persian traders and diplomats were regular visitors to Guangzhou and enjoyed a mini-golden age of cultural and commercial interaction. The Maritime Silk Road was in full bloom and Guangzhou was at the center of it. But all was not business as usual. Two violent disturbances will hit Guangzhou that shatters the peace. And Guangzhou's misfortune will become Quanzhou's opportunity. In this episode, we'll also look at the Southern Han Dynasty from the Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms period that followed the fall of the Tang. Liu Yan based his dynasty in Guangzhou and left behind ruins and relics that are still around today. We'll finish off in the Southern Song Dynasty when Guangzhou's economic importance to the country reached an all-time high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Special Episode | Qian Xiuling, "The Belgian Schindler" featuring Kyle Anderson Laszlo invited Kyle Anderson onto the CHP to discuss the life of the oft-called "Belgian Schindler" Qian Xiuling 钱秀玲. Kyle is the translator of the Xu Feng book "忘记我" (Forget Me) which details Madame Qian's incredible life, growing up in Yixing, Jiangsu, and later moving to Belgium for her university studies. She married, had a family, a career, and lived a quiet life until the German occupation of Belgium in 1940. Her story and the bravery and humanity she exhibited during the Nazi occupation earned her the moniker "Belgium's Schindler". Her's was a life worth knowing about, despite her modesty and wishes to be forgotten. The descendants of the hundred or so lives she saved back in the 1940s today number in the many thousands. The translated version of the book will be coming out soon. For now, please enjoy this conversation between Laszlo and Kyle Anderson as they introduce the life of someone you may not have heard of before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ep. 303 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 1) In this Part 1 episode of a multi-part series Laszlo introduces the most ancient history of the great city of Guangzhou. Long known as Canton in many places, this city has a history that is both fascinating and unique in China. In this installment of the series, we'll explore the early stories and legends from the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Then we'll look at the period when the Guangzhou region first appears on the China map during the Qin. The story picks up the pace during Zhao Tuo's Nanyue Kingdom, a story told before in previous CHP episodes. Finally, we'll look at the Han and Three Kingdoms when there's no doubt about it, this part of southernmost China was here to stay and Guangzhou begins its integration with the rest of the Chinese nation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ep. 226 | The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai (Part 1) In this latest CHP installment, Laszlo finally gets around to introducing The Seven Great Singing Stars of old Shanghai whose performing skills on the silver screen and on 78 records provide us with a nostalgic glimpse of long-gone and controversial era. In this Part 1 episode, we will focus on the one who made it all possible, the talented Li Jinhui. Mr. Spun Counterguy from the "In the Corner Back By the Woodpile" podcast joins Laszlo to assist in telling this story.
Ep. 302 | Chinese Anarchists of the Late Qing Thanks to Leigh for the inspiration to cover this sidebar to all the history happening during the end of the Qing and early Republic. This episode examines the lives of these late-Qing intellectuals who went to Paris, Tokyo, and other places to study alternative political systems that might be a good fit for China. Though anarchism works great only in theory, it was still an ideal these intellectuals aspired to. They sought to create a harmonious society where the people weren't persecuted or exploited by an oppressive government. The CCP ended up cherry-picking a few of these ideas that these anarchists wrote about in their journals and publications. These anarchists were the OG's of socialism and communism.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Chinese Sayings Podcast | Everything's Good | S05E01 With Season 5 finale of my other show The Chinese Sayings Podcast going up yesterday, I wanted to include the season 5 opener of this show to the CHP feed in the off chance you all haven't had a chance to check out this show. If you like the show, there are 50 episodes across 5 seasons for you to listen to! Search for The Chinese Sayings Podcast on your favorite podcast player and subscribe today!We're back with another season of wonderful and useful chengyu's for your Chinese sayings repertoire. Everyone knows this one. Well, maybe not everyone but it's pretty well-known. We ended last season in the Later Han Dynasty and that's where we'll start Season 5. Though this story was written during the Ming dynasty it concerns the 3rd Century character Sima Hui 司马徽. He was the original Hǎo Hǎo Xiānshēng 好好先生 who lived not to upset anyone or take a contrarian stance against anything that was ever said to him (by anyone).Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Special Episode | Before Evil - Laszlo chats with author Brandon Gauthier I'm happy to welcome Dr. Brandon Gauthier onto the CHP. His new book, just out, "Before Evil" looks at the early lives of six dictators: Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, and Kim Il-Sung. In this discussion, we'll mainly look at Mao's early life. Despite only focusing on one of the six dictators, this lively chat runs for about an hour. Since I've never presented Mao in a standalone series, this is a nice talk about a topic not covered in any previous CHP episode. this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 301 | The History of the Chinese Jamaicans For this 301st CHP episode, we cover some more great Overseas Chinese history. Rather than biting off more than I could chew by taking on the bigger story of Chinese emigration to the Caribbean, the focus will be on the island nation of Jamaica. The Chinese Jamaican story is another Hakka story. Contained in this episode is just one sliver of the history of this great and musical nation. I hope this episode piques your interest. If you want to learn more about Jamaica you're in luck. Lots of great resources out there. I hope I can visit there one day and see it for myself. I flipped a coin to decide what pronunciation of "Caribbean" I would use for the episode. Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all fellow Yanks.Roifield Brown’s “How Jamaica Conquered the World”: Lee and the Dragonaires: Records: this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 299 | The History of Chinese Alchemy (Part 1) This is the first of a two-part series that will explore the history of Chinese alchemy. We'll look at the most important names of alchemists and the works they produced. Hard to believe people ingested toxic heavy metals as long as they did to achieve immortality. In this Part 1 episode, we'll look at alchemy's most ancient origins and take things up to the end of the Han Dynasty. Next time in Part 2 we'll look at alchemy's most renowned practitioner in China, Ge Hong, and how alchemy evolved all the way to the end of the Tang.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 300 | The History of Chinese Alchemy (Part 2) For this Milestone Episode in CHP history, we finish off our overview of the history of Chinese alchemy. Top billing this time will be the biggest name in the industry, Ge Hong. Other notable alchemists and alchemical works will be introduced up to the Ming, followed by a Lightning Round of emperors who died by alchemical poisoning. Thanks to all of you who have supported me these past three hundred episodes and to all of you who discovered me only recently....永远感谢.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 298 | Homer Lea This episode is another listener request. In fact, Homer Lea's been requested regularly throughout the years. He's more of a footnote from history than actual history itself. Homer's story is kind of unique because of the stumbling blocks life threw his way. He didn't live long but in his short life he got to witness a lot and be a sort of "fly on the wall" to some of the great moments in Revolutionary Chinese history that we're all so familiar with. So let's go relive those years from 1908 to 1912 and the walk-on roles Homer Lea got to play as history unfolded.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 297 | Austro-German Jewish Musicians in Wartime Shanghai Laszlo welcomes Scripps College professor of music Dr. Hao Huang onto the CHP to discuss the stories of Jewish musicians from Germany and Austria who fled Europe and ended up in Shanghai. This is a companion episode to the six-part series on the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (Episodes 208-213). Professor Huang discusses the trials and tribulations these musicians faced, stories of their survival, and the great legacy many of them left behind in China.GREAT BIG thanks go out to: CINEVISION GLOBAL INC for allowing us to use a sample of the original Chinese version of Rose, Rose I Love You, better known as Shanghai Rose.The Exilarte Center at the MDW - the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna for allowing us to use an audio sample of the Wolfgang Fraenkel, Drei Orchesterlieder / Three Orchestral Songs (1941) that composer Fraenkel wrote while he was in ShanghaiYoutube channel Onkel Greifenklau for allowing us to use a sample of violinist Alfred Wittenberg the Allegro molto from Mozart's String Quartet in G Major (Wittenberg-Quartet)Youtube channel Musicprof78 for allowing us to use a sample of Frankie Laine's version of Rose, Rose I Love you. and Micah Huang for sound production. Check out Michah Huang and Emma Geiss at this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 296 | Sino-Roman Relations (Part 2) In this episode, we will finish up this overview of the relations between Rome and China. The Roman Empire in the West ended in 476. In this Part 2 episode, we'll look at relations between the Byzantine Empire and China during the Tang, Song, and Yuan. As you'll soon discover the Nestorians and then later the Catholics led by John of Montecorvino dominated official and unofficial relations between the Eastern Roman Empire and the Empire of China.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 295 | Sino-Roman Relations (Part 1) This is sort of a strange topic. In Part 1 we'll look at the early history that took place between the Han Dynasty and the Western Roman Empire. Before we tuck into the chicken ribs that are Sino-Roman Relations, I'll introduce you to the far-out theory that Professor Homer Dubs came up with in the 1950s. A lot of people swear this happened. Then we'll look at the famous Gan Ying mission of 97 AD and take it from there. In Part 2 we'll look at the events that happened mostly during the Byzantine Empire.Don't forget, to hear these episodes nice and early without commercials, sign up for CHP Premium.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 294 | The Warlord Ma's of Northwest China If the title sounds familiar, that's because this is a new version of an old episode from 2014 that got pulled from the CHP back catalog. But here it is, newly recorded and enhanced. This episode looks at the Ma family of soldiers and warlords in the northwest provinces of Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai. Their story began in the last years of the Dungan Revolt and concluded with the victory of the Chinese Communists in 1949. Please check the website for a cheat sheet that lists all names used in this episode. There are a lot of characters surnamed Ma in this episode.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Introducing: A History of Coffee Podcast Documentarian and podcaster James Harper of Filter Stories has joined up with history professor Jonathan Morris to produce a nice, short but sweet, six-part series that looks at the history of this aromatic psychoactive seed that, like tea, played no small part in changing the world.If you liked the tea history series, I warmly welcome you to go check this one out from James and Jonathan that examines the impact of the coffee trade on world history.  Behind that goodness that many of us enjoy once or several times daily, there’s a centuries-long history that is both fascinating and at times, quite dark. Like with the history of tea, many people in the first links of the coffee supply chain faced all manners of little-known human suffering.I invite you to listen. Only six episodes. Enjoy it with your morning cuppa. Did you know coffee is also produced in China? Yeah, the PRC is one of the top 20 producers in the world. Almost all the coffee in China is overwhelmingly grown in Yunnan Province, the same place where the original tea gardens existed thousands and thousands of years ago. You can learn all about this too in A History of Coffee. Links to the show can be found in the episode show notes.CHECK "A HISTORY OF COFFEE" OUT IN YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP OR AT THE WEBSITE: HTTPS://FILTERSTORIES.ORG or at HTTPS://WWW.SPREAKER.COM/SHOW/a-history-of-coffeeFilter Stories Instagram: this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Episode 7: Bali Berani Berhenti (Bali Dares to Stop) In this episode of the podcast, we're looking at Nyepi through the Navicula song, Saat Semua Semakin Cepat Bali Berani Berhenti, or as everything gets faster and faster Bali dares to stop.­­Released in 2016 it's the band's love letter to Nyepi - Bali’s day of silence during which the entire island shuts down for 24 hours. A gentle acoustic folk ballad the song is an ode to the Island's bravery to continue celebrating its traditions in the face of globalization and to slip into stillness amidst so much noise.But Nyepi isn't the only example of Bali’s bravery to go against the status quo. In 2019, the province became the first in Indonesia to pass a regulation, banning the use of certain types of single use items, including plastic bags, styrofoam, and plastic straws, in restaurants, cafes, shops, and markets. This was a significant step in tackling Indonesia's widely acknowledged plastic waste crisis.In this episode we are joined by two experts on Balinese culture - historian, Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan and community activist and event organizer Odeck Ariawan. We’ll also meet environmental activist and lawyer Tiza Mafira to learn about the extent of Indonesia's plastic waste crisis. We also have two bonus episodes, featuring the full conversations with Tiza Mafira and Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan available at soundtrackofresistance.netWriting and Production: Ewa Wojkowska & Julia WinterfloodProduction and sound design: Gede RobiCo-production: Vanessa Harsamto, Sergina Loncle, Andre DananjayaMixing and Mastering: Cipta Gunawan, Tude Arta SedanaAll Music: NaviculaPodcast Artwork: Krishna AdipurbaWeb design: Jay Sims, Vanessa Harsamto, Fleava, Major TomPhotography:  Penny LaneShow notes, source and bonus material: podcast is a labor of love and each episode takes our team hundreds of hours to produce. If you like this podcast and if you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting us via Patreon so that we can continue to tell the story of an incredible band and this complicated country.
Ep. 293 | David Tran In this 293rd CHP episode, we feature the Sriracha Chili Sauce King, David Tran. His life is a great immigrant success story and an inspiration to many aspiring immigrants and entrepreneurs. It's not often that a living person is featured on the CHP. David Tran's ancestors came from the Chaozhou region of China and emigrated to Vietnam in the 19th century. After a traumatic turn of events that forced him to flee his country, he ended up on the US west coast. There he went on to build his dream and ultimately become another great American immigrant success story. His culinary creation, Sriracha chili sauce, and his company, Huy Fong Foods, became a huge sensation in the US and later, all over the world. Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 292 | Olive Yang In this episode, Laszlo introduces the story of Olive Yang, 杨金秀. She was a Kokang Chinese born and raised around the border region of Myanmar and China. Her story took place in the Shan State of Myanmar. Though she was not someone of great historical impact on the times she lived in, she was part of a lot of the drama happening around her. She mixed with many interesting parties from the 1950s to the 1980s. This included Kokang royalty, KMT remnant armies, the CIA, and drug lords.For more content and ways to support the show, visit our website: teacup.mediaSupport this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Special Episode | Lu Xun Introduction from The Chinese Literature Podcast Lu Xun's been on the long list of future topics since 2010 and I still haven't gotten to him. Why wait for me? Lee and Rob Moore of the Chinese Literature Podcast just launched a multi-episode series on the life and literary works of Lu Xun. Here is the introductory episode from Lee and Rob. You can listen to all the episodes of this guaranteed hit series at the Chinese Literature Podcast. See links belowThe Official CLP Website on Apple on Spotify on Twitter New YouTube Channel this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 291 | The History of Hainan (Part 2) This is the second part of a brief overview of Hainan history with special guest Professor Jeremy Murray. In this episode, Laszlo and Dr. Murray discuss Hainan history during the Qing, Republican, and PRC eras with some discussion of Hainanese culture.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 290 | The History of Hainan (Part 1) Laszlo welcomes California State University professor Dr. Jeremy Murray onto the CHP to help introduce the history of Hainan. In this Part 1 episode, they discuss the Hainan history timeline up to the end of the Ming Dynasty. Don't forget to refer to the website for all the terms used in this episode.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 289 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 3) We continue with the conclusion of this series that looks at the life and times of Chiang Kai-shek's Spymaster, Dai Li, and his eight-year reign of terror. After being dealt a heavy blow in the Yan Baohang and Zhang Shuping spy cases, Dai found himself back on his heels with a legion of haters trying to tear him down. But it's always darkest before the dawn. And after Pearl Harbor and the sudden proliferation of Americans in Chongqing and other parts of China, opportunity knocked on Dai Li's door. SACO is born after Dai Li and Milton Miles meet and begin to discuss cooperating against the Japanese in China. It won't be long after SACO is operational that Dai uses the resources of the organization to also go after his and the KMT's political enemies, the CCP most of all.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 288 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 2) The tale of Dai Li continues beginning with the passing of Sun Yat-sen in March 1926 and the rise of Chiang Kai-shek. The dreaded Blue Shirts are introduced along with Dai Li's rise up the ladder hanging on the coattails of Chiang. He demonstrates his undying loyalty to the Generalissimo during the Xian Incident and sets up the organization that made him famous, the innocuous-sounding Bureau of Investigation and Statistics, a.k.a. The Juntong. We finish off the episode with Dai uncovering a devastating Communist-led spy ring operating inside the sanctum sanctorum of his organization.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 287 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 1) In this Part 1 of a 3 episode series covering the life and times of Dai Li, we look at his early beginnings, living the thug life in Shanghai and falling in with all the right people. We'll trace his quick rise up the ranks of Chiang Kai-shek's formidable spy agencies. He was often called "China's Himmler" due to his slavish devotion to his boss, Chiang Kai-shek, and for his role in setting up Chiang's secret police and spy agencies.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 286 | Tang Empress Zhangsun Though the villainous empresses always seem to generate the most popular interest, this time we'll look at the life of one of the many good ones, an outstanding one if I may add. Empress Zhangsun was the bride of Tang Dynasty heavy Li Shimin. When he became the second Tang emperor following one of the most dramatic events in early Chinese history, he reigned as Emperor Taizong. We remember Empress Zhangsun for her decency and for deporting herself in a manner that Yao and Confucius both would have approved. She became the gold standard for future empresses and was often imitated but seldom replicated. Come relive those early years of Zhenguan Era (貞觀) Tang history.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
A Soundtrack of Resistance Trailer A podcast looking at the social history of Indonesia, through the songs of Navicula -  the best band you’ve probably never heard of.  First episode out 6 July!
Bonus Material: Interview with Scott Guggenheim We are releasing a bonus episode of the full conversation with Scott Guggenheim in which Scott shares his insights about corruption and anti-corruption efforts in Indonesia. We discuss large-scale community development programs, including the Kecamatan Development Program and the Village Law/Dana Desa mechanisms and their role in the context of bypassing opportunities for corruption.
Episode 6: Mafia Hukum / The Legal Mafia In this episode we are getting into a topic that every Indonesian across the country thinks about, corruption. We're going to do our best to give you a picture of why it's such a big issue in Indonesia and introduce you to some of the people and organizations who are tackling corruption at different levels in very diverse and creative ways.We're looking at all of this through the Navicula song that has become the anthem of Indonesia's anti-corruption movement, Mafia Hukum, or the legal mafia, a song that is arguably one of the band's biggest hits. This episode features: Dandhy Laksono, Documentary Filmmaker; Saut Situmorang, Deputy Commissioner of KPK (2015-1019), Sely Martini, Indonesia Corruption Watch; Edward Andrews, Musician; Gede Robi, Vocalist & Guitarist of Navicula.
Episode 5: Everyone Goes to Heaven This is the second of a two-part episode on violent religious extremism. If you haven't already, listen to  Aku Bukan Mesin - I Am Not a Machine, first.In this episode, we are looking at how and why people become violent religious extremists, and explore “Everyone Goes to Heaven” - one of the songs Navicula released in response to  a turbulent time in Indonesia’s history.   We are joined by Sidney Jones, a widely renowned expert on religious extremism and conflict in Indonesia, and Heidi Arbuckle, an expert on tolerance and on the role of music and the arts in creating an informed and tolerant society.
Episode 4: Aku Bukan Mesin / I Am Not a Machine In this episode, we are exploring violent religious extremism, through Aku Bukan Mesin (I am not a machine), one of the songs that the band recorded in response to terrorist bombings that shook Bali and Jakarta in the early 2000, and a turbulent political transition in Indonesia which saw conflict flaring up in various parts of the country. The conflicts were dividing communities across religious lines and resulted in large scale destruction, violence, displacement, and the deaths of thousands of people. Joining us in this episode is a special guest, Sidney Jones - a widely renowned expert on religious extremism and conflict in Indonesia.
Episode 3: Merdeka / Freedom We're going back to the very beginning - back to 1996, the year that Navicula was formed, and talking about the band's journey over the past 25 years - to how they got to where they are today.  There's a lot in this episode, we're speaking with the whole band - Robi, Dadang, Palel and Krishna, as well as two of the band's former managers, Rudolf Dethu, and Lakota Moira. We'll hear about Navicula's experience recording at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood, and the band's deal with Sony and their subsequent split with the record label. We'll find out why Gembul, Navicula's former drummer left the band. And we'll also hear about the tragic loss of Made, Navicula's Bass player, three years ago.  In this episode, we're exploring  Navicula's song, Merdeka, which means freedom. We'll hear about the inspiration for this song, as well as how over the years, this song, as well as the meaning of freedom has evolved for the band.
Episode 2: Metropolutan We delve into ‘Metropolutan’,  a song about the overdevelopment and pollution crisis in the Indonesian city of Jakarta. We also hear about something pretty amazing that happened to the band as a result of this song, which took them to another big city - Los Angeles.
Episode 1: Busur Hujan / Rainbow In the first episode, we explore one of Navicula’s most popular songs - Busur Hujan (Rainbow). The song was created by Navicula to welcome the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior Ship to Bali, as part of its journey to campaign for environmental protection around the world. In this episode, you will hear about Robi’s (Navicula’s vocalist and guitarist) and the band’s motivation to support those fighting for social and environmental rights and passion about the cultural, social and biological diversity of Indonesia.  You will hear about the process of making the song, and how Navicula got to record the Busur Hujan music video on the legendary Rainbow Warrior ship.
Prologue: A Soundtrack of Resistance Prologue to A Soundtrack of Resistance -  a podcast looking at the social history of Indonesia, through the songs of Navicula, the best band you've probably never heard of.
Ep. 285 | The L.A. Chinatown Massacre On October 24th, 1871 the Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre took place near the present-day location of Union Station, just north of the core downtown L.A. area. Though mostly unknown rather than forgotten, this incident that happened one hundred fifty years ago this month will be remembered through a number of commemorative events. The Chinese American Museum (today located adjacent to where the atrocities occurred) will sponsor one event. My friend, Scripps College professor Hao Huang will be participating in another event that will memorialize this tragic event in local L.A. history.Well-known and respected L.A. Chinatown scholar and activist Eugene Moy will also be among the speakers at this event. The links to both are shown below. In this CHP episode, I tell the story of the massacre and how it all went down on that tragic day. If you have time, I encourage everyone to check out these events that will offer an excellent perspective on what happened and the lessons we can all learn from it. this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 285 (Addendum) | Reading of an 1894 Article on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre In addition to the latest CHP episode on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre, I also wanted to offer you a reading of an article that appeared in an 1894 edition of The Historical Society of Southern California journal.This article by C.P. Dorland was written only twenty-three years after the incident took place and described the events leading up to, during, and after the tragic event of October 24, 2871.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 284 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 5) We're going to wind things down with this episode. 1863-1864, the bitter and bloody end of the Taiping Rebellion. Charles George Gordon has his walk-on but Zeng Guofan and brother Zeng Guoquan take the limelight in the ultimate showdown with the Taiping holdouts. When it was all over, the Taiping Rebellion ended up having quite a consequential impact on China's trajectory into the 20th century. We'll close things up by looking at the historical blowback from this terrible civil war.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ep. 283 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 4) After the Convention of Beijing was signed in 1860, the foreign pers weren't so sure about the Taiping's anymore. For the sake of preserving their hard-won gains in the Second Opium War, they hopped down off that fence and sided with the Qing forces. In this episode, we hear about Frederick Townshend Ward and the Ever Victorious Army. 1862 was the pivotal year for the allies lined up against the Taiping rebels. Victory was still a couple years away but it was well within sight at least.Advertising Inquiries:
Special Announcement - Audio course on The History of Chinese Philosophy Hi Everyone, along with  I’m once again pleased to present to you a set of lectures that present an Introduction to the History of Chinese Philosophy.   In Part I of a two-part series of lectures I will trace the main events in Chinese Philosophy going back to pre-Confucian times in the early Zhou Dynasty all the way up to the Han Dynasty when Confucianism was adopted by the government as a kind of “state religion”.   Other Confucian scholar-philosophers of the “Ru School” will also be discussed. These Ru Philosophers, of which Confucius was the most famous, included Mèngzǐ, Xúnzǐ, and Mòzǐ. Part II will introduce you to the wonders of the Yì Jīng Ching or Book of Changes as well as Daoism and Neo Confucianism. Even today in the 21st-century Confucian thought still has relevance and applications to how we can live our lives.  Many people have hesitated to explore the thought of China’s ancient philosophers, considering it too deep and too intimidating to take on.   Allow me to show you how easy it can be to learn about these ancient thinkers and how they believed people should act and carry on their lives, and how governments should rule and behave. China’s philosophers of the Ru School were always stressing how to maintain peace and harmony in their society.  We’ll look at the men and the renowned philosophical works they left behind, pointing out where they agreed and disagreed. As we trace the timeline of history we will look at all the greatest philosophers of China and show how their thought evolved, always remaining relevant to the people. And the history itself from the Bronze Age Zhou Dynasty to the more complicated and sophisticated times of the Ming Dynasty will also be introduced, giving you not only a survey of Chinese philosophy but Chinese history as well. In Part II of the course, we explore Taoism and the Yì Jīng, which are known throughout the world and millions of practitioners outside China have embraced these millennia-old aspects of Chinese culture.  The Yì Jīng and Taoism have grown in popularity in our modern times. People have explored the wisdom of the Tao and how to apply this to their own lives. This course will teach you a solid foundation to understand what Taoism is about and who its most important teachers were.  You will also get a good understanding of the Yì Jīng and how not only ancient peoples but yourself as well can gain fulfillment and happiness in your life exploring what this most ancient text has to teach. Aside from the Bible and Koran, the Book of Changes is among the most widely published books in the world. We’ll also see how, as the centuries and dynasties passed, how people became more sophisticated and the world they lived in more complicated. And to reckon with this and adapt, philosophers adjusted their thought to make it more relevant to people’s everyday lives.  This is essentially what was behind the Neo Confucianism that arose during the Song and Ming Dynasties. Don’t be intimidated by this vast subject and its thousands of years of history.  Contained within these courses will be lectures that will break it all down for you and teach in an enjoyable style what it’s all about.  From this solid foundation, you will be able to go on and explore more deeply the philosophic thought of China’s greatest and most respected teachers.  Remember, satisfaction is assured and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee from the good folks at   Go to avid dot fm slash Laszlo.  That’s avid dot fm slash Laszlo.  Avid is A-V-I-D and Laszlo is L-A-S-Z-L-O Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the course.
Ep. 282 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 3) After seizing the all-important city of Nanjing in March 1853 and basking in the afterglow of this victory, the Taiping leadership launches two military expeditions, one to the north to capture the capital, Beijing, and the other to the west.  In this episode, we'll see how those two ventures panned out. Then in 1856, comes the first major political crisis that happens at the very top of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom leadership.  Meanwhile, the foreign powers operating in China, namely Britain and France, scheme to make the best of the Qing Dynasty's bad situation.
Ep. 281 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 2) We're back with more of the Taiping Rebellion. In this episode, we trace the Taiping Rebels as they make their way from Yong'an in Guangxi all the way to the southern capital of Nanjing. As they make their way north and east towards western Jiangsu they grow in numbers and seize great amounts of weapons, silver, and boats.
Ep. 280 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 1) Now's as good a time as any to finally feature this well-known, regularly requested topic from Qing history. This is arguably the pivotal event that got the dominos falling that led to the  Warlord Era and the later founding of the PRC. For anyone unfamiliar with the Taiping Rebellion, how it got started, and the situation in China during the mid 19th century, over the next few episodes, I'll try and lay it all out for you. We'll get to about 1851 this time around.  This epic history has a cast of thousands.  Feel free to check out the episode page at the website to view all the terms.
Ep. 279 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo Part 2 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 left. The struggle between the Dutch and the Chinese kongsis of West Borneo discussed previously continues with a fight to the finish in Part 2. The legacy of this century of history that occurred in Kalimantan Barat between 1750-1884, lives on in our day with the Indonesian-Chinese descendants of these adventurous immigrants from Guangdong and Fujian provinces.
Ep. 278 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 1) 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 Southern Fujian were heading in the direction of West Borneo to engage in gold mining, kongsis were established as associations where its members were organized and led. The Chinese migrants in West Borneo faced a constant barrage of challenges and these Kongsis, mostly Hakka, but also from the other main Chinese linguistic groups, were a mechanism with very democratic looking appearances, that took care of the needs of the group. This is Part 1 of an overview of their history.
CHP Special Episode | Larry Feign and The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao 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 feared pirates in the early 19th century, and at one point, had command of a fleet of over 1,500 ships. Her life was the subject of Episode 174 of The China History Podcast, and in this episode we take another look at her astonishing life, this time with Mr. Feign’s expertise on the subject. Larry’s book is hot off the press and now available everywhere, for more info, visit
Ep. 277 | Lin Yutang, with The Chinese Literature Podcast Duo 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 rather unknown in our day, there was a time when Lin Yutang was the most recognizable name in the West who wrote and spoke about China. This episode explores his early years and later literary and political achievements during the 1930s to 1970s. Links to the Chinese Literature Podcast at the show notes
Special Announcement - Audio course on The Silk Road & One Belt, One Road 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 implications of its modern-day successor, the Belt & Road Initiative, this course will equip you with everything you need to understand it.  Looking to the past, we’ll explore the rugged and inhospitable terrain that stood between China and the markets of Rome, and we’ll understand how along this path came goods, ideas, and people who shaped the world - from Buddhism to Architecture, Philosophy to Gunpowder. and we’ll meet a cast of characters like Marco Polo, Faxian, a Chinese monk who traveled by foot from China to India exploring Buddhist Kingdoms and Zhang Qian, a famed Chinese diplomat who essentially opened China to the world of commercial trade. You’ll get to know all of these stories, and understand the deeper historical implications of the people, ideas, and goods that traveled the Silk Road.   Armed with this, we’ll journey to the (near) present, and look at how in 2013 China’s President Xi Jinping adopted the Silk Road as the inspiration behind the One Belt One Road or Belt and Road Initiative.  This mega-project is slated for completion in 2049…just in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. How has history informed China’s decision to pursue the One Belt One Road initiative? What progress has already been made towards it? We’ll find out, and learn about the present-day motives for the initiative.  Finally, we’ll gaze into the future and understand the implications of the One Belt One Road Initiative in the decades to come. What countries will it affect? How will China benefit from it - and what are the controversies surrounding it? We’ll cover this in enough detail that I hope you’ll be able to make up your own mind about this project, and hold down any conversation on the topic - be it at business, at a United Nations reception, or just at dinner with the in-laws!  I warmly welcome you to listen.  The Silk Road, its past, present, and future, will be something you won’t want to miss. From the adventures of Zhang Qian to the swashbuckling diplomacy of the 21st Century, it’s a wild ride that will delight and inform you, and which you’ll find as useful in life and business as it is pleasurable to learn about.  Remember, satisfaction is assured and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee from the good folks at  You’ll be having a collaborative learning experience with a group of learners. You'll get to make friends with like-minded peers and also ask questions to me. For this cohort, the course enrollment period ends on July 5th, so head over to Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the course.
Ep. 276 | Sanxingdui and Ancient Shu Just in time, we look at all the recent finds at the newly discovered six sacrificial pits at Sanxingdui. Archaeologists and historians are pretty sure all these exciting discoveries going back to 1986 at Sanxingdui, Jinsha, Shangwangjiaguai are from the ancient state of Shu.  This topic has been requested constantly throughout the years. I'm glad I waited until now to unleash it on you.  Be looking for even more incredible discoveries at the Sanxingdui site that will be announced in the coming months and years.
CHP Special Episode | Ian McCollum & Pistols of the Warlord Era In this CHP Special Episode Laszlo is thrilled to welcome Mr. Ian McCollum to discuss his new book, "Pistols of the Warlords: Chinese Domestic Handguns, 1911 – 1949."  If you're a fan of antique and historical firearms, you already might know Ian from his Forgotten Weapons YouTube Channel.  What poetry was to the Tang Dynasty, arms manufacturing, and procurement was to the Chinese Warlord Era. A special thanks to Ian for sharing his expertise on this very popular topic.
CHP Special Episode 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 just in case you missed reading about him I wanted to post this short intro to his life and achievements.
Ep. 275 | Henan Province (Part 3) 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 a few other noteworthy slivers of Henan history.  We'll close off with the hard times that hit Henan in 1887, 1938, 1942, 1959, and 1975. If you never appreciated Henan's place in Chinese history I hope this three-part series was able to offer you a gateway to understanding.
Ep. 274 | Henan Province (Part 2) 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 also focus on Luoyang, Kaifeng and Anyang.  If the multitude of Chinese names starts to overwhelm, go to the website at Teacup.Media and download a nice cheat sheet I put together especially for you.
Ep. 273 | Henan Province (Part 1) 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 the land in Henan, discuss its mythical beginnings as well as the neolithic cultures of Peiligang, Yangshao, Longshan, and Erlitou. We also take the offramp to look at a couple of the more well-known Henan dishes. We'll get as far as the Xia and Shang dynasties and a little of the Western Zhou. All the Chinese terms from this episode (and there's a LOT of them this time) can be viewed in Pinyin, Chinese characters, and English at the website at
Ep. 272 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 6) 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 course of his residency in the Forbidden City, Tianjin and Manchukuo. Then we look briefly at the life of the Last Eunuch Sun Yaoting and the Ming Dynasty "good eunuch" Tian Yi. A big giant thanks to everyone who enjoyed this series.
Ep. 271 | Eunuchs in Chinese History Part 5 In this penultimate episode of the Eunuchs series, we finally make it to the Qing Dynasty.  After everything that transpired during the Ming, the Qing is tame by those standards.  From Dorgon to Daoguang things were pretty tame in the Qing. But once Empress Dowager Cixi grabs hold of the reigns of power, she allows her eunuchs, most notably An Dehai and Li Lianying, to do their worst. We'll finish off next episode with the tale of The Last Eunuch and clean up loose ends.
Ep. 270 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 4) 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 least no emperors were captured in battle during their time in the palace.  But one emperor did have to hang himself from a tree thanks in no part to one of them.
Ep. 189 | The History of Chinese Philosophy (Part 6) 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 gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what they called for in those dark Easter
Ep. 194 | The History of Toi San and US Immigration 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 the stories of three rather plain and non-extraordinary brothers from Haiyang Village in Toi San (Taishan in Mandarin). These three Moy brothers were featured in Scott Seligman's 2013 book "Three Tough Chinamen" (Earnshaw Books). In addition to the Chinese Exclusion laws, Laszlo briefly introduces the life of another Toisanese, Ng Poon Chew. And at no extra price, Laszlo also gives the history of the Taishan region a nice neat overview.
Ep. 269 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 3) The story continues. After wrecking the Han and Tang Dynasties, the eunuchs emerge again in the Ming as a particularly destructive force. In this episode we'll also look at the Song Dynasty eunuch general and politician Tong Guan. Then we'll look at the life of the first of the so-called Four Eunuch Dictators of the Ming Dynasty, Wang Zhen. His greed and avarice almost caused the Ming Dynasty to fall.
Ep. 148 | The History of Tea (Part 9) In this penultimate episode of the China History Podcast History of Tea series Laszlo finishes off the story of Robert Fortune and introduces Sir Robert J. Lipton. This CHP's long history of Chinese tea started off slow and in this Part 9 fizzles out altogether.  Laszlo also introduces a little overview of Pu-erh Tea as an extra bonus
Ep. 68 | Deng Xiaoping (Part 6) 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 in China.
CHP-268-Eunuchs in Chinese History Part 2 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 too young to push back against eunuchs who, once given an inch of authority, took a mile more and never let go. They grew in power and venality at the expense of the dynasty's fortunes. Finally they drove it into the ground.
Ep. 117 | John Service (Part 3) 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 that year.  John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and dynamic China hands.  But there are those who don’t continue reading >>
Ep 267 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 1) 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 maybe/maybe not eunuch/official from the Qin Dynasty Zhao Gao and his antics trying to cover up the sudden and unexpected death of Qin Shihuang.  Then we'll finish off with eunuchs in the Later Han including the rise and fall of the Ten Attendants.
Ep. 223 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 6) Laszlo finishes up the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. Wang Wei and Meng Haoran are showcased in this episode.
Ep. 219 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 2) In Part 2 Laszlo will finish up an overview of pre-Tang poetry and show where everything went from the Classic of Poetry and Songs of Chu.  Fu rhapsodies, Yue Fu poetry and the works from the Jian'an era will be introduced.  Tang poetry didn't arise out of nothing.  It was the collective genius and creativity of all these pre and post-Qin Chinese literati who built the foundation that the Tang masters built on. Please come back for Part 3 where we'll finally get to the early Tang (maybe).
Ep. 218 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 1) In this first of a series introducing the history of the development of Chinese poetry, Laszlo focuses on the two most important works from Pre-Qin China.  These were the Classic of Poetry and the Songs of Chu. Though we will not get to the Tang Dynasty in this episode, we'll look at what came prior and how each new style impacted newer emerging styles of poetry. The life of Qu Yuan and Chu Kingdom will also be introduced.
Ep. 220 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 3) Finally in this part 3 episode Laszlo gets to the Tang poetry part of the series. After finishing up some of the good stuff that came out of the Six Dynasties, we'll get a first look at the Early and High Tang periods. More poets and more great poetry compilations will also be introduced. A lot of names and titles of works this episode. Feel free to check the terms from the episode and read up on some of them. Plenty of links to translated works of Classical Chinese poetry. If this series is piquing your interest, even a little, there's a whole world out there for you to explore.
Ep. 221 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 4) Li Bai is showcased in this fourth installment of Laszlo's not very deep dive into the history of Tang poetry. We're still in the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. This episode will focus more on Li Bai's story (and legend) rather than an in-depth analysis of his poetry. He, along with several other poets from this time are cultural icons and treasures of the Chinese people. Check the links and resources for other scholarly and biographical info on Li Bai, Du Fu and other great Tang poets. This episode is especially geared towards those CHP listeners who may have never heard these names before.
Ep. 222 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 5) This is the Du Fu episode. Along with Li Bai, discussed last episode, he's considered the greatest poet in Chinese history. That's of course a matter of opinion. We'll take a brief look at the rough road Du Fu had to walk most of his years. In addition to looking at his life we'll hear a few of his regulated verse poems.
Ep. 224 | The History of Tang Poetry (Part 7) In this seventh installment of the history of Tang poetry we move on to the Middle Tang period. While the poetry might not be as celebrated as that produced during the High Tang, there were still many figures beloved in their own time and all through the centuries. We'll look at three of them in this episode: Bai Juyi, Yuan Zhen and Xue Tao. Next episode we'll finish off the series with the Late Tang poets.
CHP-266-Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu 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 circumstances in her homeland, ended up staying in the US for good. She made many contributions in the field of physics and worked on the Manhattan Project. Dr. Wu was role model and tireless campaigner for encouraging young women to study the sciences and for equal rights. Her's was a great American success story.
Ep. 178 | William Mesny (Part 2) 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"   TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Chéngdū   成都 Capital city of Sichuan Khampa   康巴 Area in eastern Tibet bordering Sichuan Yúnnán   云南 Southwestern province of China Huí   回族 Musilm ethnic minority Guìlín   桂林 Beautiful city in Guangxi Lí River  漓江   River running through Guilin Liǔzhōu   柳州 City in Guangxi Róngshûi   融水 City near Liuzhou Róng’ān   融安   City near Liuzhou Dānzhōu   丹州   City near Liuzhou Miao   苗族 Known as the Hmong in the US, one of China's ethnic minorities Yáo   瑶族 one of China's ethnic minorities Dòng   侗族 one of China's ethnic minorities Zuǒ Zōngtáng   左宗棠 Successful Qing era general Guìyáng   贵阳 Capital of Guizhou Chóngqìng   重庆 Formerly part of Sichuan, now a Municipality Lánzhōu   兰州   Capital of Gansu Zhìlǐ   治理 Old province of China that no longer exists Qīnghǎi   青海 Province in West China Gānsù   甘肃   Province in West China Níngxià   宁夏 Province in West-Central China Shǎolín Temple   少林寺   Famous temple in China Tàiyuán   太原   Capital of Shanxi Shānxī   山西 Province in China Bǎodìng   保定   City in Hebei Lǐ Hóngzhāng   李鸿章 Chinese military leader and diplomat and signer of more than a couple unequal treaties. Zhuōzhōu   涿州   City south of Beijing in Hebei Zhāng Zhīdòng    张之洞 Reforming governor of Shanxi Xīān   西安   Capital of Shaanxi Qínlǐng Mountains   秦岭山   Mountain chain in southern Shaanxi Kūnmíng   昆明   Capital of Yunnan Dōngjīng   东京   Eastern Capital. Can mean Tokyo or Tungking (N. Vietnam) Anhui   安徽 Province in Eastern China Hefei   合肥   Capital of Anhui Guǎngxī   广西   Province in southern China Xinjiang   新疆  Province in northwest China Shaanxi   陕西   Province in north-central China Huangxing Road   黄兴路 Road in Hankou The Mercenary Mandarin - amazon link to the book Link to Blacksmith Books Link to one of Mesny's Chinese Miscellany (Vol IV) Link to John Pomfrets book "The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom"
Ep. 197 | The History of China-Vietnam Relations (Part 1) In this first of a multipart series, Laszlo explores the ancient relationship between China and Vietnam. In this episode, the earliest days going back to Zhao Tuo and the Nanyue Kingdom are discussed. A thousand apologies for the poor editing job splicing the Vietnamese pronunciation. I'm hoping for an A for the effort at least. The remaining episodes will go off more smoothly. Thank you for your understanding.
Ep. 92 | Zheng He (Part 1) 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 Africa created a big sensation in the early 15th century. China, at this time, was the richest, most technologically advanced, and most powerful nation on the planet.  Zheng He’s sponsor, the emperor Yong Le, was determined, through these voyages, to let the world see for itself all the splendor and richness of China.
Ep. 34 | The Ming Dynasty (Part 4) We finish off our overview of the Ming Dynasty in this episode and also trace the rise of the Manchu’s.  The period from the Jiajing emperor to the tragic suicide of the Chongzhen emperor saw a slow and steady decline in the fortunes of  the Ming dynasty.
Ep. 232 | The Warlord Era (Part 2) 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 that followed his sudden death in June 1916.
Ep. 145 | The History of Tea (Part 6) The China History Podcast's ten-part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode.  The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty.  Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities.  For a list of terms used in the episode, visit our website,, and go to the episode page.
Ep. 215 | V.K. Wellington Koo (Part 2) In this longer than expected Part 2 episode, we look at Wellington Koo's role in the Paris Peace Conference and all the drama that surrounded this historic event from one hundred years ago.  Then we'll look at the rest of Koo's career as a statesman, diplomat, and later as a judge.
Ep. 126 | Yelü Abaoji 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 Yelü Abaoji who took his people to great heights in the early 10th century.  His Liao Dynasty in the north of present-day China ran concurrently with the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (as well as the Song Dynasty) that resulted after the breakup of the Tang Dynasty.
Ep. 235 | The Warlord Era (Part 5) In Part 5 Laszlo gives the backstory to the Anhui-Zhili War and introduces another warlord, the famous Zhang Zuolin…The Manchurian Warlord.  With this civil war within the Beiyang Organization, the unity that existed since the time of Yuan Shikai is smashed.  We'll look at the very brief war between the forces of Duan Qirui and their Zhili opponents led by Wu Peifu as well as the aftermath up to and including the First Zhili-Fengtian War, 1922-1924.
Ep. 109 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 9) In this week’s episode, we look at the year 1967 in Hong Kong.   The words “riots” and “1967” go hand in hand when talking about Hong Kong history.   Although the events that went down between May and December of 1967 caused death, mayhem, and destruction throughout the territory, when it was all over it led to a sea change in labor rights for Hong Kong workers.
Ep. 61 | The First Twelve Months of the PRC 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 some of the multitude of challenges Mao and China’s new leaders faced.
Ep. 157 | The Rise and Fall of the Qin (Part 1) 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 go-around.
Ep. 234 | The Warlord Era (Part 4) 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 textbook examples of how these generals evolved into warlords. Zhili Clique leaders Cao Kun and Wu Peifu will also be introduced.
Ep. 217 | The History of the Hokkien People (Part 2) Laszlo continues his shallow dive into the Hokkien people with a focus on the history of the Hokkien diaspora who populated many cities and towns throughout Southeast Asia.
Ep. 17 | The Eastern Zhou Dynasty 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.  It lasted from 770 to 221BC.  From this chaotic period sprang the great works that defined Chinese continue reading >>
Ep. 193 | Whitey Smith and Early Shanghai Jazz 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. 79 | Carl Crow 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 writer.  From his front-row seats to many of the historic events in China between 1911-1937, Crow wrote many books about his observations and opinions.
Ep. 84 | The Cultural Revolution (Part 2) 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, Mao is now back in Beijing and ready to mount his attack on the party leadership and unleash the Cultural Revolution on the entire country.
Ep. 98 | Ricci, Schall and Verbiest 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 in introducing Catholicism to China, these three men, Matteo Ricci, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, and Ferdinand Verbiest made a collective contribution to the scholarship of China that has not been matched to this day.
Ep. 102 | The History of Hong Kong (Part 2) 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 Treaty of Nanjing that ceded Hong Kong in perpetuity to the British crown.  In this episode, we’ll get as far as the Convention of Chuenpi of January 20, 1841.
Ep. 77 | The Silk Road & Marco Polo 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. 253 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 10) 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 explored, as well as the violent and tragic aftermath following the Zunghars defeat.
Ep. 146 | The History of Tea (Part 7) In Part 7 of the CHP History of Tea series, we look at what happened after Europeans first came to China and instantly fell in love with tea. The period covered in this episode is the late Ming and the Qing.   For a list of the terms used in this episode, visit our website;, and go to the episode page.
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